Three frequently asked questions about vein treatment

What you want to know about treatment cost, compression stockings and more

veins blogIf you have tired or achy legs, you may have issues with vein health, including varicose veins. Patients often come to the U-M Vein Center because they want their legs to look and feel great. Here are some of our patients’ most frequently asked questions about spider and varicose veins.

1. “How much does varicose vein treatment cost?”

We’re all conscious of our budgets, but most of the concern about treatment for vein issues arises from patients being told by well-meaning family, friends and even physicians that their condition is “cosmetic.” Not all varicose vein treatment is cosmetic and most insurance companies cover diagnostic studies and treatment of symptomatic varicose veins (those that cause pain, aching, swelling, itching, calf/foot cramping). If you’re unsure, come and see us and we can help determine whether your condition meets the criteria. Continue reading

Varicose veins and running

Low-impact activity is best for vein health

Vein health

Healthy calf muscles are necessary for optimum leg health.

Now that summer-like temps are here, many people are motivated to start an exercise program. For some, that includes running. But what if you have varicose veins?

Although running won’t cause varicose veins, our advice to those with varicose veins who want to become active is to consider low-impact activities first. Try walking, swimming, biking or any other low-impact form of exercise.

Tips for runners

Because running is a high-impact activity, runners often experience vein swelling, which can result in leg aching, throbbing, heaviness or fatigue. If you’re already a runner — with or without varicose veins — here are some helpful tips to keep your legs as healthy as possible:

  • Wear graduated compression stockings when you run to reduce leg fatigue.
  • Run on softer, more shock-absorbent surfaces such as grass, sand, dirt or an athletic track. If possible, avoid running on cement or hard pavement.
  • Monitor your legs for any vein problems. If vein problems develop, seek evaluation by a vein specialist.

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