I'm 53, with small red veins plus a couple of blue bulgy ones. This year I started running for the first time in my life, and I've noticed that the veins actually got slightly better in the past few months.
Something I just noticed this weekend, as a matter of fact. I ran Saturday, then came home, showered and put on a bathing suit. I met my dd for a swim at the beach, and we both checked each other out. We both noticed that this one varicose vein I have behind my right knee is much less noticable. She even asked if I had rollerbladed - because the knee pads I wear could compress it. So, I am of the "running made mine better" camp.
I also have a good friend who showed me his leg on a Sunday, after a run. Said maybe a torn muscle? Swollen and warm to the touch. He was an avid runner. He went to bed and never woke up. His wife said cause of death was a blood clot in the calf. Do not ignore symptoms!
I'm 26 now. I recently quit smoking (one or two cigerrettes in a day). I was diagnosed with varicose veins and varicoseceal (3rd grade). I underwent surgery for the varicoseal. I run like 4 to 6 miles 3 times in a week and I recently ran 9 miles (4 miles- 10 mins rest - 5 miles). On the next day i found i little more varicose veins on my inside of the leg( below knee) it is even little warm that day. I'm worried about this. I don't want to quit running and I want to make a marathon. Please help me. Thank god winter is coming and they wont look really aweful. I appreciate any help and advice.