Coping with Varicose Veins as an Athlete

Athletes keep themselves in top physical condition. However, even they have to cope with the same risk of injury as the rest of us. Varicose veins can strike at any time, even when an athlete least expects it. In addition to causing a lot of pain and discomfort, varicose veins can also slow down athletic performance and make it hard to keep up a training schedule or certain activity.

How do Athletes Get Varicose Veins?

Some sports put more strain on veins than others. High-impact sports such as weightlifting and hiking put a lot of stress on your legs and abdomen. This causes tension that restricts circulation and makes it harder for blood to flow. Restricted blood flow can then cause varicose veins that can keep an athlete from doing what he or she loves.

Preventing Varicose Veins as an Athlete

If you’re an athlete with a family history of vein disease, or if you know that you are at a higher risk for varicose veins, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of getting varicose veins after training. Wearing compression stockings and elevating your legs after a long workout are two great options for athletes to get their legs back into shape after a workout. Compression stockings can even be worn during workouts to maximize blood flow.

Eating plenty of foods that are rich in flavonoids, like bell peppers and cherries, can help boost your vascular system. The antioxidants in these foods help with circulation and reduce inflammation after a workout.

Treatment Options for Varicose Veins

Do yourself a favor by adjusting your training plan to give your legs a break on low-impact days or by focusing on stimulating your leg muscles to help improve circulation. Toe raises and other exercises that focus on your calves are great options, especially when done in a swimming pool because you can stimulate circulation in an environment with worrying about gravity pulling on the excess blood in your veins.

Knowing when to ask for help is one of the most important steps an athlete can make for the good of their vein health. Many varicose vein treatment options are available and easy to learn about after a free consultation with a vein care expert like Summit Skin and Vein Care.

Contact Summit Skin & Vein Care at (816) 533-4398 today for more information or schedule an appointment to start treatment for varicose veins!

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