Can athletes get varicose veins?Many athletes say their legs feel great when training, but about 30-45 minutes after a training session, the leg with varicose veins (bulging veins) aches, throbs, or feels more tired than the normal leg. When athletes elevate their legs, the symptoms can subside, providing relief.

During exercise, muscles require more oxygen, so more blood travels down the leg through the arteries. The extra blood needs eventually needs to return upward, back to the heart. If the veins are not working properly, some of the blood remains in the lower leg. This leads to aching, throbbing, heaviness and tiredness.

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