Can You Dance with Varicose Veins?
Are varicose veins stopping you from dancing like the Strictly stars?
Discomfort or pain can put varicose veins sufferers off activities which they may feel would make the veins worse, but this could be counter-productive.
Varicose veins can cause aching, painful, tired, heavy, restless and swollen legs. Yet there are many health benefits from dancing. It’s a great way to boost circulation as well as improving muscle control, balance, strength and flexibility. Building up stronger calf muscles helps to boost circulation from the legs to the heart, which improves vein health. If your varicose veins are mild, then dancing is likely to help manage the symptoms and also prevent them from worsening. If in any doubt, seek medical advice.
However, for very severe varicose veins, the symptoms can be debilitating. If varicose veins really impede any prospect of dancing, then perhaps it’s time to consider treatment.
Does Dancing Cause Varicose Veins?
Dancers sometimes have prominent varicose veins, but the condition does not affect dancers more than any other profession. The main risk in varicose veins is genetic. Other risk factors include standing or sitting still for long periods of time, pregnancy, age and obesity. These tend to be opposed to an active hobby such as dancing.
Dancing does promote a lean body shape and this can mean that varicose veins are more visible as there is less fatty layer on the legs to hide them.
Compression tights/stockings may be of some help, or for more severe cases, where the appearance or condition of varicose veins is causing concern, treatment can be considered.
Varicose Vein Treatments
EVLA laser varicose vein removal is viewed as the gold-standards solution for varicose veins.
This procedure is is carried out on a day case basis and uses local anaesthetic. Recovery is very quick and patients are able to walk unaided to return home. There is no need for an overnight stay and patients can return to normal activities much faster. Cosmedics Skin Clinics offer private varicose vein treatment including EVLA (endovenous laser ablation) with a vascular surgeon with prices starting at £1,650 per leg (1 vein).
Other Varicose Vein Treatment
Cosmedics Skin Clinics
Established in 2003, Cosmedics Skin Clinics offer thread vein removal at a selection of clinics based in London and Bristol using the latest techniques with GMC-registered doctors and surgeons.
For more information or to book a consultation, please complete the form on this web page or call 020 7386 0464.