Athletic people – particularly runners and cyclists – frequently present to clinics with varicose veins. This is to be expected, as the huge increase in load on the venous system during intense physical activity can damage the vein walls in people with a predisposition to varicose veins. The Leg Vein Doctor sees a number of patients who’ve deferred treatment of varicose veins for too long, to avoid interfering with their sporting schedule. The longer the delay, the higher the risk of microcellular damage around the lower leg and ankles. In the long term, there’s even the risk of skin ulcerating!
Endovenous Laser Ablation or Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy are walk-in/walk out, non-invasive treatments offered at The Leg Vein Doctor. They are clinic-based procedures which don’t require hospitalisation and are therefore easy to schedule into a busy life. Likened to ‘keyhole’ varicose vein surgery, downtime is negligible, with no need for hospitals or general anaesthetic. You’re literally back on your feet for a 30-minute walk immediately after the procedure and you can drive home. Using upper body weights can continue following treatment, as can low impact exercise such as walking, swimming, yoga and Pilates. Short intensity running and cycling can recommence within a fortnight, as long as you’re cautious and remain alert to your body.
At the initial consultation, you’ll be provided with a treatment plan, valid for 12 months. The Leg Doctor reception team will also happily work with you to find appointment dates that fit around your training schedule and events so you don’t have to miss a sesh.