Exercise and Varicose Veins

Youve probably read about the various treatments that are available for varicose veins and spider veins. These treatments can by extremely invasive if your doctor winds up having to remove some (or all) of the affected veins.

On the other, gentler hand, there are steps (literally) that you can take to help yourself out in this situation. Lets examine how low-impact exercise, along with a few other adjustments, can help you to take control of maintaining this important part of your circulatory health.


Walking is incredibly helpful in more ways than one. Not only will you increase your circulatory strength by walking, youll also see the happy by-product of weight loss as a result.

These two changes in your lifestyle, increased walking and decreased weight are profoundly important when fighting against varicose veins. The walking also goes a long way towards improving your muscle tone in the affected areas.

Try your best to maintain a consistent routine and have places designated where you can walk if the weather is poor, such as malls and department stores. Youll likely find that the more you walk the more weight you lose, which by itself means an easing on your circulatory system.


With the increased activity that comes from walking more, you may wish to check with your physician about anti-inflammatory drugs. Since youll possibly be facing bouts of swelling and pain, be certain that you have an option to go to for relieving the discomfort, or lowering the swelling.

Most likely your doctor will recommend a common over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofen or aspirin. Use them in accord with what your physician tells you regarding dosage. Never overuse anti-inflammatory medications, since that can lead to other complications.

Compression Clothing

You should give some thought to the support that compression clothing offers you, and consider making use of compression stockings or hose to help your walking program. Did you know that support hose can help your leg muscles by concentrating so much pressure near the ankles that its easier for your blood to flow upward?

Many folks swear by the gradient-compression support stockings that are readily available at your pharmacy. They feel that the hose offer not only support for walking or standing, but that they also provide an effective method for controlling many of the symptoms that accompany varicose veins.

Weve examined a few low-impact ideas, but one of the most important exercise methods has more to do with stillness than motion. Remember the old phrase “take a load off your feet?” Here is a situation where taking a load off ones feet can be a very healthy habit.

When walking (or standing in one place for prolonged periods of time) you must take a break and elevate your feet for at least ten or fifteen minutes at a time. By doing this you are refreshing your muscles and easing your circulation.

So how do we proceed with our exercising to combat varicose veins? After checking with your physician you should proceed to walk, walk, walk!

Take anti-inflammatory aspirin or ibuprofen as recommended by your doctor to alleviate swelling and pain, wear the right types of support hose and be prepared to force yourself to put your feet up several times a day. Youre on the road to recovery!