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Can a sports injury and treatment cause varicose veins?

I am a track athlete and earlier this year tore one of my quadriceps. I then had EMS therapy in that same area and am training again. Now I am noticing varicose veins appearing in the same area as the injury. Can varicose veins be caused by a sports injury? Or would the EMS treatment be the problem?

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Doctors Answers (3)

Any traumatic injury can affect the venous circulation and result in the appearance of varicose veins, including sports injuries, due to surgery, or from an accident. In your question, the primary sports injury started this process, while in other situations a surgery not related to an earlier injury can result in varicose veins. Varicose veins are also commonly caused by non-traumatic events, including pregnancy, occupations with prolonged standing such as teachers and nurses, and wearing poorly designed shoes.

An injury sometimes can cause a disruption of the venous blood flow, which means that the venous blood must flow through another route to get back to the heart. Sometimes, this will make the draining veins enlarge.

Most often varicose veins are hereditary. Trauma to the leg can cause new varicosities to develop.

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