Can Running Cause Varicose Veins?

A common concern raised by the active and athletic is the myth that running causes varicose veins. Running is beneficial for your vascular system as it increases circulation and helps regulate weight gain. That said, if you have varicose veins, running may aggravate your condition and cause swelling, itching, and sensations of heaviness and fatigue in your legs.

If you are a runner who has developed varicose or spider veins, consult a physician to find out how continued high-impact activity might affect your condition. If you experience pain, throbbing, or swelling in your veins while running, stop or reduce your speed and impact and elevate your legs when you are done.

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