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Do tight fitting clothes contribute to varicose or spider veins?

I wear a lot of tight compression shorts and bike shorts when I exercise (running, biking, etc.). Could these choices lead to varicose veins later in life?

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Answers


Replied on 6/4/2012

By: Vanish Vein and Laser Center  |  John Landi,MD,FACS,RPVI,RPhS, Diplomate ABVLM
Naples, FL


This is a controversial question. There is no proof that wearing constricting garments will lead to varicose veins. However, it is not unreasonable to think that constriction above a vein will over time lead to swelling of the veins below. It is my opinion, however, that the action of the muscles during exercise will compensate for the negative effects of the constricting garments.


Replied on 2/24/2010

By: Laser Vein Center  |  Thomas Wright, M.D., F.A.C.P., R.V.T.
O'Fallon, MO


With rare exception, the answer is NO. In the past, our misunderstanding regarding the cause of varicose veins emphasized Mechanical causes such as the weight of the baby during pregnancy and tight fitting clothes. We now understand that the causes are most
strongly genetic (hereditary) and the female hormones which allow increased flexibility of vein size.
Unfortunately, the particular past neglect of venous attention, created a sort of void which became available for many myths to for. Currently, our goal is not only better treatment, but also education to correct thee many myths that remain popular.


Replied on 2/11/2010

By: Miller Vein  |  Jeffrey H. Miller, M.D.
Steven K. Wang, M.D.
Michael E. Lulenski, M.D.
Zoe Deol, M.D.

Novi, MI


Probably not. Many potential causes of varicose veins have been studied and wearing tight fitting clothes has been accused. There is no scientific evidence of this being a cause however.


Replied on 2/4/2010

By: NJ Vein Care   |  Gary B. Nackman, M.D.
Clifton, NJ


Not likely.


Replied on 2/4/2010

By: Angelo N. Makris MD   |  Angelo N. Makris, M.D. Interventional Radiology Center
Oak Brook, IL


It's not the clothing but the exercise that may contribute to development of venous insufficiency. However, I encourage you to continue to exercise.


Replied on 2/4/2010

By: General Vascular Surgery Group  |  Michael D. Ingegno, M.D.
Robert O’Neil Gingery, M.D.
Lamont D. Paxton, M.D.

San Ramon, CA


Probably not a problem if you don't already have a genetic predisposition for varicose veins.


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I recently had EVLT and an ambulatory phlebectomy done to my leg. Now there is some darkening to my skin in between my incisions. Is there a cream that can help with this hyperpigmentation from the surgery?

What can help if after treatment I'm left with a rash, like raw meat and painful? (4 answers)
I had laser treatment on my left leg, and I've been left with a rash, sort of like raw meat, which is very painful all the time. I have tried many creams, and they just burn. HELP!

I have a varicose vein in groin and under the navel. (4 answers)
I have varicosed vein in my left groin and under my navel. It expands toward my left leg. What is the best treatment for me? And does excercise help me to reduce my varicosities?

Can varicose vein surgery make my penis bigger and longer? (4 answers)


I'm having spasms and numbness in my untreated leg one week after having a varicose vein removed from the opposite leg. Is this normal? (4 answers)
I had a varicose vein removed in my left leg seven days ago. Everything seems to be healing, but I recently started feeling spasms & numbness on my right leg (outside thigh). This is weird because that leg wasn't operated on. Also, I can't lift my leg much whilst laying on the bed. Is this normal? Should I return to my doctor for a examination of that leg?

Can a single, large varicose vein located on the shaft of the penis be treated? (4 answers)


Why are my mother's feet unresponsive and rock-like after having DVT? What are her treatment options? (3 answers)
My mother had DVT in her right leg in 2009 and has had 2 further ballooning surgeries. However, the feet in both legs continue to be unresponsive and feel rock-like and heavy. Recently, she's also started feeling as if she has rocks in her soles. What could be causing this? What are her treatment options?

Should my leg hurt half a year after varicose vein stripping surgery? (3 answers)
I had varicose vein stripping surgery on both legs last November.. I has been half a yer now and I still feel pain and chills in both legs. Also, some parts of my legs feel hard and numb. I'm confused. I felt fine during the first month after the procedure. Is what I'm experiencing normal? If not, what might have gone wrong and what should I do?

Can bulging penis veins be treated with surgery? If so, what would that procedure be and is it safe? (3 answers)


Sometimes my leg collapses, could it be because I have really bad varicose veins? (3 answers)


What can I do in getting my legs back to normal color? (3 answers)
Last year, I had surgery for varicose veins. This resulted in making both of my legs below the knee look as if I had been in some horrible accident. The skin is stained and I am looking for somthing which get the color of my legs back to normal...

How long do you have to wear compression stocking after vein ligation? (3 answers)
What is the recommended amount of time to wear compression stockings after having a vein ligation?

Does surgical removal of veins hurt? (3 answers)
I had a doplers test and the report suggests varicose vein surgery. The doctor said he will decide which type of surgery he will use once he begins operating on my leg. I am just worried about the pain. Is there a lot of pain involved with varicose vein surgery as well as with laser?

Can I have varicose vein surgery in both my legs done at the same time? (3 answers)
I am planning on having the VENOUS procedure soon. Can I have both my legs done at the same time?

Is the stab-phlebectomy operation ok to do after varicose vein surgery? (2 answers)
The varicose vein operation did not help, will the stab-phlebectomy operation will help?

On October 18, 2011 I had endoluminal ablation performed on my left calf. During the procedure a nerve was struck. (2 answers)
Several days after the procedure I noticed numbness in my heel as well as the back part of my leg where it bends (behind the knee) is very tight. It is uncomfortable to walk. Is this typical? Thank you.

Should my leg still be hurting 7 months after having varicose surgery? (2 answers)
I had varicose surgery 7 months ago on my left leg. All of a sudden the vein behind my knee is starting to hurt. I get a burning sensation like my skin is on fire, and it is red and swollen. When I touch that certain area it hurts. Is this normal?

Is there anything I can do to prevent developing varicose veins during future pregnancies? (2 answers)
In my first pregnancy I did not have varicose veins. Now, in my second pregnancy, I've had moderate varicose veins since the fifth week of pregnancy. Will they go away after delivery? Is there anything I can do to prevent them from coming back again in the future if I choose to have more children?

Can you fly safely with a superficial vein? (1 answer)
Can you fly safely with a superficial vein? I had some bleeding under the skin and I'm taking antibiotics. I fly on Friday and have a surgical stocking to wear. Is this OK?

When will I be able to walk without pain? (1 answer)
I had a superficial vein removed from the groin to my ankle. It's been 6 days now since surgery and I still have terrible pain near my ankle where four cuts were made. I also have pain inside my leg where the vein was removed. I cannot even take a single step without having discomfort. Is this normal? When will I be able to walk without pain?

Is it possible to have pain years after vein stripping? (0 answers)


Why is Medicare making me wait several months for varicose vein treatment when my leg is in pain now and has been for some time? (0 answers)
I have Medicare. For years I've been suffering from leg pain, burning, heaviness, etc., but was only recently diagnosed with varicose veins. The pain is debilitating at night. Why do I have to wait many months before I can have treatment? The pain is bad now and there is a history of this dating back several years.

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Foam Sclerotherapy (60 questions, 264 answers)
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Phlebectomy (3 questions, 0 answers)
Radiofrequency Occlusion (41 questions, 146 answers)
Sclerotherapy (249 questions, 2576 answers)
Stenting (8 questions, 9 answers)
Transilluminated Powered Phlebectomy (3 questions, 0 answers)
Ultrasound Guided Sclerofoam (6 questions, 31 answers)
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Varicose Vein Home Treatments (26 questions, 0 answers)
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Vein Ligation and Stripping (38 questions, 10 answers)
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Veinwave (39 questions, 45 answers)
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