Is exercise good for people with varicose veins?
The veins carry the blood back to the heart.
The calf muscle compresses the vein and pushes the blood.
The valves of the veins hold the blood down until the next time the muscle pumps. They fracture the blood column.
How important is the ankle?
Studies have shown that poor amplitude of ankle motion is related to increased severity of venous insufficiency.
Does exercising work?
Studies are few, but there are studies that prove that exercise improves venous insufficiency.
Could be worse?
You can. Depending on the type of reflux source can worsen with exercise. The doctor's advice would be to observe and if it is not improving check with the doctor.