What activity modifications are needed following treatment for venous insufficiency?

Updated: Oct 22, 2018
  • Author: Robert Weiss, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Regular activity is an important ameliorating factor in patients with early or mild venous insufficiency syndrome. Prolonged standing or sitting can aggravate the symptoms of venous insufficiency. Patients with advanced disease do not tolerate activity well.

Walking or running, bicycling, and swimming are excellent activities for patients with an intact and functioning calf muscle pump. Patients with obstructed venous outflow usually experience increased pain and swelling with activity. Patients with muscle pump failure usually have a markedly reduced exercise tolerance because of early leg fatigue.


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