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Warm water exercise or not?



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?


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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