IS YOUR JOB WORSENING YOUR LEG PAIN?
We see patients from all walks of life who come to us seeking relief from and treatment for varicose veins and other vein conditions. There are several factors that increase the likelihood you will suffer from varicose veins, ranging from genetics to pregnancy to your level of physical activity. However, many people underestimate the role their job plays in developing unsightly and often painful varicose veins.
To explain why, you must understand that the movement of your blood through your body depends on more than just the mechanics of your heart pumping. Especially in the areas that are the furthest from your heart—your legs, ankles and feet—muscle movement helps keep the blood flowing up and back through your heart.
This means that if you have a job for which you spend most of your time stationary—either standing or sitting—your muscles are not helping to move the blood flow from your legs back up to your heart. The effects of gravity also come into play, increasing the likelihood that blood will pool in the veins in your lower extremities, leading to or worsening varicose veins.
JOBS AT INCREASED RISK FOR VARICOSE VEINS
The professions of the people we see the most in our practice for varicose veins include:
- Teachers and teacher’s aides
- Health care professionals
- Law enforcement personnel
- Correctional officers
- Factory workers
- Construction workers
- Hair stylists and aestheticians
- Office workers
- Retail employees
PREVENTION & TREATMENT
If you work in any of these or similar jobs, you can help reduce your risk of developing varicose veins by maintaining a healthy weight, ensuring you get regular, daily physical activity, wearing compression socks, and elevating your legs, especially in the evening if you’ve been on your feet or sitting all day.
If you develop varicose veins, we offer the latest treatments performed in our office under local anesthetic. Best of all, the vast majority of our patients return to their regular activities, including their jobs, soon after treatment, so downtime and missed work are kept to a minimum.
Contact us today to schedule your appointment for an evaluation and treatment options.