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Is Your Knee Pain Caused by Varicose Veins?

No matter how you get it, knee pain is trouble. It can be a result of too much exercise, a fall, or some kind of strain. But if you’re experiencing knee pain with no clear cause, that could be a sign of a deeper issue, like a problem with your veins. 

Circulation problems often start in the legs and could be the cause of your knee pain. Take the time to schedule an appointment with a physician for a checkup, and they can determine whether you need early vein treatment.

Varicose Veins and Knee Pain

Vein diseases—such as varicose veins—can be especially prevalent in the knee area because your knee has less soft tissue than the rest of your leg. Varicose veins can cause a variety of symptoms, such as: 

  • Restlessness
  • Swelling
  • Burning
  • Discomfort
  • Bulging veins 

You most likely won’t have all of these symptoms. If you have larger varicose veins, you may experience nearly no symptoms; if you have smaller varicose veins, you may experience more pain. In some cases, these symptoms may not be a result of an issue with your circulatory system. If your primary symptom is knee stiffness, vein treatment might not do much to alleviate your discomfort. 

A vein doctor is trained to let you know the characteristics of varicose vein symptoms. They take into account your daily activity level (which affects your blood flow) and ask you for details about your pain. If your knee pain can be described as a dull ache that varies in intensity throughout the day, there’s a chance vein treatment may be necessary.

Varicose Veins and Exercise

In almost all cases, the best way to fight knee pain and improve your vascular system is through physical activity. Once your doctor says it’s safe and your knee is close to healing, you should start exercising. Physical activity benefits your knees and overall quality of life. The best exercises work your leg muscles and improve blood flow to your heart. 

With improved circulatory health, your body can absorb more nutrients and reap the benefits of a better flow of oxygen-enriched blood. This doesn’t only apply to varicose veins. If you’ve experienced a physical strain, or if you’re living with arthritis and the aches that come with it, exercise can greatly ease your condition. 

Varicose Veins Consultation

We really can’t overstress the importance of healthy circulation. Good blood circulation does more than help with your knee pain and varicose veins: incorporating exercise into your daily life ensures your lungs and muscles function at their best. And it helps your white blood cells travel the best path through your body, improving your immune system. Your mind will thrive and your body will thank you. No matter the cause, knee pain is not something you have to live with. You deserve to walk without trouble and take part in the physical activities that enrich your life. All it takes is action. Take the first step towards improving your comfort and wellbeing by scheduling a consultation with the New York Metropolitan Vein and Aesthetic Center today.

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