Running in the First Coast
Jacksonville’s year-round mild climate means outdoors sports are a favorite. That’s why on any given day, you’re sure to see a pack of runners sprinting down the walkways or training for their next marathon. But does avid running lead to varicose veins?
Avid running could be a contributing factor to varicose veins.
That’s a question we get asked a lot at Jacksonville’s St. Johns Vein Center – and the answer is a resounding “maybe” Running is one of the best ways to keep your veins strong and your blood pumping, but also all that repetitive pavement pounding may also be traumatic to the veins. On the whole, runners tend to be less symptomatic from leg vein problems, but do not necessary avoid the problem. So what might be the cause of your venous insufficiency case?
Heredity is a contributing factor to varicose veins.
If one of your parents had vein disease, you have about a 33-50% chance of developing the same problems. Both parents have a history of vein disease; Your risk just jumped to about 90 percent. Increasing age, undergoing hormone replacement or being pregnant also can lead to spider or varicose veins.
Get treatment to avoid worse symptoms
If you do suffer from varicose veins, don’t think that boosting your running game will make the problem go away. Gone untreated, the condition can cause swelling in the ankles, severe leg pain and fatigue, all of which will limit your favorite activity. Plus, continuing to run with the condition can place extreme strain on the veins, exacerbating the problem.
If you’re an avid athlete, a healthy body is your strongest asset. Protect yours by scheduling a consultation at the St. Johns Vein Center. Call 877-640-VEIN (8346) today.