Varicose veins are the swollen blue and purple veins that often appear on legs and thighs. Although varicose veins are often hereditary, there can be many other causes of the veins such as sports injuries. Football is advised against when a person has varicose veins, due to the intensity and high levels of impact the sport provides. Trauma to the skin and the body can worsen varicose veins, and at times can damage the valves in the veins and end up causing varicose veins in the future. However, if you’ve had a football injury there are ways you can avoid or reduce the chances of getting varicose veins before you have to resort to varicose veins treatment.
Rest is always encouraged when you’re recovering from a football injury but it is important to not remain in the same sitting or standing position for prolonged periods of time. This can cause the legs to stop pumping meaning you’re not draining your legs. This can cause a build up of pressure resulting in spider veins or varicose veins. If you do have to sit or stand for a long period of time then flexing your legs occasionally can help keep blood circulating properly. This is especially important if the football injury has left you bed bound or unable to walk on/use a leg.
It is also important to ensure that your circulation is good. Lying with your legs raised above your heart can help improve your circulation, resulting in a reduced chance of varicose veins. An example of this is lying in bed with your legs resting on three or four pillows. Improving your circulation can reduce your risk of developing varicose veins or getting additional ones. When you’re unable to do exercise due to a football injury or other sports injury, it is important to ensure that you are taking other precautionary measures to help keep your blood flow and circulation normal.
Compression socks are another measure that might help to reduce the risk of varicose veins after a football injury particularly when movement in the legs is restricted. This is due to the stocking squeezing your legs which in turn helps veins and leg muscles move blood more efficiently through the body and to the heart. Reducing the pressure in veins caused by remaining static for a long time, or through lack of circulation, helps to reduce the risk of varicose veins despite the injury. This pressure keeps blood from pooling in the veins and decreases swelling in the legs. However, compression stockings and socks should be advised by a doctor if they feel it to be a necessary precaution.
There are various other ways to help in the prevention of varicose veins after a football injury. Some of these are simply lifestyle approaches such as keeping a healthy weight and exercising regularly. At times some injuries can leave you unable to exercise regularly or properly, but a doctor or physiotherapist may be able to help find suitable exercises for you in order to both help with your recovery and to also help reduce the build up of varicose veins. Other preventions include putting your feet up while sitting, not crossing your legs while sitting and not wearing tight clothing.
Although there is a variety of varicose veins treatment through the Vein Centre and other clinics when it comes to spider veins and varicose veins, it is better to focus on preventing them when having suffered an injury, rather than treating them if and when they do appear.