Varicose Veins Help – Ask Doctor Jo

Varicose Veins Help – Ask Doctor Jo

Hey everybody, it’s Doctor Jo. Today I’m gonna
show you some exercises to help with Varicose Veins. Let’s get started. So varicose veins
happen when you don’t have good circulation in your legs. So what then happens is everything
kind of pools up in your legs, the blood, and then it makes those veins pop out looking
cord like and puffy and bulging. So if you do exercises, it helps increase the circulation
and kind of work that blood back out of your system. So the first exercises we’re going
to do on the ground so we have gravity to help assist that blood flow to get back in
your system. So lying down on your back, the leg that you want to work, kind of straighten
it out. You can leave this one propped up if you want to. Pull your toes up towards
you to help straighten out your leg. This is just going to be a straight leg raise,
but you’re going to do a hold at the top to help get that blood flow coming back down.
So you’re exercising the muscles and you’re using gravity to help with that blood fo,
flow, flow. So bring it up nice and slow, just to about even with the other side and
hold it there for about 5-10 seconds. And your muscle’s gonna probably start shaking
after 3 or 4 seconds, but if you can, try and hold it there. And then slowly come back
down. So just start off with 10 of those. Coming up nice and slow, holding it there
5-10 seconds, letting that blood flow come back down, working those muscles, and then
slowly coming back down. If 10 becomes easy, then you can work your way up to 15-25. The
next one, just bring both legs up with your knees propped up. And then you’re gonna go
into a bicycle position, movement on your back. So bring both feet up, and then just
do a circular motion like this. Just starting off maybe 30 seconds, that might make you
a little tired. And then you can come down and relax. You want to work your way up to
a minute, even 2 minutes if you can. So again, you’re working those muscles, but you also
have the assistance of gravity to get that blood flow coming back down. You can also,
if the circular motion is a little uncomfortable on your hips, you can just push up and down
almost like a stair stepper in reverse. So just kind of pushing that way. And then come
back down. The next exercises are gonna be standing up. The next exercises are gonna
be calf raises or heel raises. Stand with your feet about shoulder width apart. If you
have some slight balance issues, make sure you’re holding on to a counter top or a sturdy
chair. But just lift your heels up off the ground and then slowly come back down. So
now you’re working those calf muscles like a pump so they’re being a natural pump to
work that fluid and blood back out of the legs. So just up, whoo that’s why you need
something to hold on to. Up and slowly back down. Just start off with 10 of these and
then work your way up to 20-25. That last one is gonna be a squat. So still keeping
your feet about shoulder width apart, you want to keep your heels down on the ground,
and then push your bottom back as you squat down. So you want to keep those knees behind
the toes. So not going down like this, but really sticking the bottom back. Only go down
as far as you’re comfortable. Again if you feel like you have some balance issues, put
a chair behind you so if you feel like you’re falling, you can just sit down in the chair.
So nice and slow coming down. And then coming back up. So again, just start off with about
10 of these. That’s working those muscles to pump that fluid back up. And then come
down and slowly back up. So there you have it, if you have any questions, leave them
in the comments section. If you’d like to check out some other videos, go to
And remember, be safe, have fun, and I hope you feel better soon.

100 Replies to “Varicose Veins Help – Ask Doctor Jo”

  1. Thank you, Dr. Jo. I have had vericose vein problems in my left leg for years, and have had them stripped out 4 times. Now my right leg is giving me big time problems. And i am a very active 67 year old man !

  2. thank you for this amazing video! just wondering: is it better to have compression stockings on when doing the exercises or is it better to do the exercises without them? My varicose veins aren't visible but I have had pain and the ultrasound examination showed that I have this disease. Thanks!!!

  3. Can i do this exercise after wearing compression stocking or without it ?which is good with stocking or without stocking ?

  4. Thanks can't wait to try it work 13 hours shifts so spend alot of time I'm my feet for very long periods of the day

  5. I have 39 years and i have surgery on right leg,can i and when using dumbells for biceps,push up,sit up and resistance band.

  6. Hi Doctor jo am 2years old n varicose vain has kinda taking over my life I have them on my left leg on the inner part of my foot n a little behind it has taken over my life so bad dat I can't wear any short clothes my bf knows I hav dem but I don't even feel sexy undressing infront off him can't u plz help me

  7. THX U I do these for a month
    Is there any cream I can use
    I have spider vein they small I on my feet,legs a lot at work I'm going order compressor socks

  8. Hii Dr. Jo I am suffering from vericose veins plz suggest a proper diet program for these disease.and I started excercise from today thanks

  9. What do I do? After I do this it disappears and then after 30 minutes it just comes back I have also been doing this for about three days and theres only 2 of them

  10. Thank you, Doctor. I have had one since shortly after a stroke 26 years ago. I'll do these every night. You are the best

  11. How do I know if I suffer from blod circulation on my legs? I mean I don't even know what it is, when I do squats at the gym my right calves little forther to the right side begins to kinda pop as I go down… Is that what you're saying I have problem with? I may have to burn fat on my calves I think so the junk goes away…?

  12. Hi Dr Jo. I am 31 I have spider veins because I sit at my computer all the time (basically the whole day). They are getting worse. I would like to know how often I need to exercise to get rid of them?

  13. varicose veins stink!! I inherited this problem from my family. Already have had one surgery to strip vein out. They are painful and seem to get worse over time…legs look like a scary road map…I will try these and hope for SOME relief…:)

  14. Thank you Doctor Jo. I am going to start doing these exercises right away. Are they supposed to reverse/heal the Varicose Veins? Also, what kind of Compression Socks do you recommend? There are many out there in the market. Any preferences or tips? Thanks in advance.

  15. Hi 🙂 Are there any sitting exercises that will help with varicose veins? Like if you have to sit a lot (desk job).

  16. Mam my work is system work in ofc by sitting at 8 hours it's effect or not for my leg. Please tell me. Iam also have vericose vein

  17. Hi if you�re reading this. Please remember you�re beautiful , I hope you are having a wonderful day!

  18. Hi Doc, I like your video and pleased to see you not offering magic cures ingredients etc. Just sensible practical advice. This is a very good sign.

    I have had varicose veins for over 10 years and was given support/compression elastic stocking by the specialist for the affected leg to help the circulation. I still wear them regularly but they can be uncomfortable especially in summer. They can also give me a cold feeling foot occasionally. I was told to get plenty of exercise such as walking although I do not do much of that these days beyond the everyday activities such as walking 3 miles to shops sometimes back up the hills too. I do row and bike machine, plus some small weights 3 times a week. My main problem in all this time is that the veins have not noticeably reduced and I would like to be able to use a foot spa if possible which is presently not advised (due to the heat involved).

    I recall some of your exercises from my soccer training many years ago and just did a run through of your routine with little trouble (tips on balance most appreciated). I especially like the air stair stepper one, that is new on me and think is going to become my favourite exercise as I could really feel it working and was also quite enjoyable. So thank you very much for this. I shall try and do them more regularly.

    I do have a question.

    I have read that applying ice packs to the prominent areas or taking cold baths can help to reduce the veins (although not sure about permanently) but have not tried either of these techniques. I was wondering if you recommend or advise against either whether in combination with your exercises or as an alternative on different days? Apologies if that seems a bit long winded.

  19. Hello Dr thank u so much for your great video, I got varicose veins almost 8 yrs more recently I feel something uncomfortable and started to pain and I was trying to do yoga and walking. But I have questions now may I continue to do this exercise after or before yoga ? And I can do walking excersise ? And should i need do wear compression stocking after those excersise? Hope u will be reply to me.much more appreciate. Thanks a lot. Have a great day ahead.

  20. Hi when my menstrual is on me that is the time my right foot does swollen from a varicose vein, why that? and thank you for your information.

  21. Hello..I have Problem of varicose vein in left leg and A-V Malformation in the knee of same leg. I want to join gym for workout. Can I join the gym? Will it harm me in my present condition of leg?

  22. My foot has been swollen for the past fifteen years with varicose veins and recently getting numb and tingly feet

  23. this is a very bad probkem for me. i try to do all you showed .thanks so much .hopeit will solve my problem.

  24. Hello doc jo. Can you suggest suitable exercise to improve blood circulation for an obese varicose vein woman? When exercising, her feet around the ankle area will get swollen and hurt so much. So she currently give up on exercise.

  25. Can I do a 3 minutes warm up jog before doing this?I really don't have varicose but my veins are puffing out a bit from my legs.Can I do this routine every day or every other day?

  26. Thanks so much for such simple exercises . Are there any exercise for blood flow to the head or brain .

  27. Are these also good for great saphenous vein reflux? Especially I’m asking for standing exercises. Thanks in advance 🙂

  28. Buy a printable worksheet with the Varicose Veins Treatments in this video here:

  29. Elo maam m new in your channel n m just loving it…its been 2months since m seeing a vericose veins in my leg n it's spreading even thou I do exercise all da tym…m a nurse n have to stand n work for a hours….plz help me what can I do coz m jst 24years plz

  30. I barely started getting varicose veins on my left leg behind my knee and they’re not that bad right now, how long will it take to get better ?

  31. Hi doc,
    I have varicose veins problem in my left leg but prior to this diagnosis also I used to do weight training. As now my doc has suggested me to use the stockings….my question is can I do the weight training even now???

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