How important is exercise for our leg-vein related problems?
The calf muscle pump utilizes the tone and contraction of the leg muscles to squeeze the veins and, by doing so, moves the blood up through the leg towards the heart. Although the muscles in the feet and thighs are important, research has demonstrated that the calf muscles are responsible for at least 85 percent of the total pumping action.
If the calf muscles do not pump properly, the blood will tend to accumulate down in the leg under increasing pressure, and augmenting the chances of developing varicose and spider veins.
What can we do to increase this risk? We need to perform regular exercise for well-toned muscles, especially in the calves, so we facilitate the flow of blood towards the heart. That’s why it is in our best interest to regularly take walks or any other physical activity. All different kinds of exercise are good to improve our vein health, and walking is definitely one of the best. No matter how busy you are, my recommendation is to make time into your schedule and pump your legs with a good walk
Javier Alonso MD, PHD