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Boynton Beach Vein Doctors Discuss the Impact of Varicose Veins on Exercise and Physical Activity

According to a recent report in the respected British medical journal The Lancet, there is condition that is killing over 5.3 million people a year worldwide. That’s 6% of all deaths – more people than die as the result of smoking cigarettes. This condition increases your risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, and colon cancer, and the Lancet researchers referred to the impact it is having on global health as a “pandemic.” And the worst part is that most of the people who have this condition are just sitting around doing nothing about it. The condition is called inactivity, and ironically, it is caused by just sitting around.

But wait…what does inactivity have to do with varicose veins?

If you have varicose veins, and you’ve tried to “live with them” and not have them properly treated, you probably don’t have to ask this question. Yes, they start as “just swollen and discolored veins” in your legs. And for a time, their primary effect on your life is that they’re unattractive. So you cover them up with long pants and dark stockings, and you try to ignore them and go about your life.

But then they get worse. It starts when you begin to notice that your legs feel tired and weak more and more of the time – so tired that you start making excuses to avoid standing or walking. Then your legs and ankles start to become chronically swollen, and become so painful that you make even more excuses to avoid any kind of exercise. Finally, if you avoid treatment for your varicose veins long enough, the veins may become covered with tough, brownish-red skin that feels like leather, and is so fragile that minor scrapes turn into open sores that don’t respond to topical treatment, and won’t heal. So you make even more excuses to avoid exercising, and voilà – you’ve become inactive.

Sadly, this progression of symptoms is what often happens when varicose veins are not properly treated

They don’t “get better on their own.” They get worse. And the worse these little-known symptoms associated with varicose veins become, the less physical activity you engage in, the less regular exercise you get, and the more inactive you become. Every day in our Boynton Beach Vein Clinic we hear stories from patients of how their varicose veins caused them over time to give up their gym memberships, to start driving a block to the grocery store instead of walking, and to stop playing sports with their friends and families (because they were ashamed of how their legs look in shorts, but also because they lack the energy). Patients often talk about the “things we used to do,” as if those days of having the energy to exercise or even walk without discomfort are behind them.

And all this time, the varicose veins and the vein disease that is causing them continue to weaken their overall health, impair their immune systems, and make these patients even more susceptible to the diseases that inactivity has already made them more likely to develop. Left untreated, varicose veins are part of a downward spiral that leads to seriously impaired health, and possibly worse.

It doesn’t have to be this way – varicose veins can be easily eliminated

By seeking effective varicose vein treatment in Boynton Beach, many of these patients have ended this downward spiral and have regained their looks, their energy, their vitality and sense of well-being, and their health. The best vein doctors in Boynton Beach can permanently remove varicose veins in about an hour – in the comfort of their offices, using procedures so minimally-invasive and painless that they don’t even require anesthesia.

Yes, the patients who have sought vein removal in Boynton Beach no longer have to hide their legs under long pants. But more important, with the diseased veins gone and the underlying vein disease under control, they now have the energy to walk, run, go to the gym, play sports, and go dancing. The spiral of inactivity is ended, and their overall health and sense of well-being increases dramatically. If you’d like to become one of these people, with your days of hiding your varicose veins and sitting around without the energy to exercise behind you, give us a call at 561-515-0080. We’ll explain to you how easy it is to become more attractive and more physically active.

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