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Warm water exercise or not?

03/06/2007

Question:

Because of left knee and foot joint problems, physical therapist and friends have suggested warm water exercise instead of taking walks as a way to stay active. However, I`ve recently developed a large painful itching varicose vein on my left calf. I`ve read that warm water causes further swelling and pain in varicose veins. Will a warm water exercise class help with the knee and foot joint problems? Will it cause more damage to my veins?

Answer:

Warm water exercise is wonderful activity for leg circulation and will not cause damage, but may actually improve varicose veins. The itching may be coming from the increased chlorine exposure.

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Amy B Reed, MD Amy B Reed, MD
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