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Varicose Veins/Enlarged Veins
- Posted: 18th Mar 2013, 11:22Report
Has anyone here experienced varicose/enlarged veins from running? I've noticed I have quite pronounced veins on my right calf and saw the doctor, she thinks it's the early on set of varicose veins - sucks, especially at 23. I've read running is good as it helps circulation but also the marathon training can be bad for veins, so I was wondering if any runners out there have experience of this? It may not be varicose, just weight loss and having pronounced veins as a result - or least that's what I hope, I lay on the floor and put my leg in the air and they disappeared - even when flexing my calf as much as possible! But that's not an ideal lifestyle choice for good looking pins.
- Posted: 19th Mar 2013, 16:15Report
I wouldn't worry too much I have a large varicose vein on my right calf, clearly hereditary because my Dad has an almost identical one in the same place. Did the Dr explain what it is that cause it? Basically it's the break down of the valves that help blood return to the heart. But there are a number of other mechanisms that also aid venous return and so as a young person you aren't going to notice any issues. Later in life blood may be more likely to pool in your ankles and feet causing them to swell, but easily sorted by putting your legs up on a table/stool- this is why they seem to disappear when you put your legs up - all the blood pooling in them goes back up to the heart. From a cosmetic point of view they aren't nice to look at but they don't do surgery on them any more really because the outcome is worse than leaving them alone. As muscle use squeezing the vein is one of the ways blood is pushed back up your legs I'd have thought running might help that!