There are many factors that increase your risk for developing varicose veins, and your job can be one of them. If your job forces you to sit or stand for extended periods of time, it’s possible your job is contributing to the development of venous vein problems, potentially including bulging, unsightly and uncomfortable varicose veins.
The connection between your job and your veins
Our veins are equipped with tiny internal valves that enable the blood to flow forward in one direction, upward back to the heart. When these valves become damaged or weakened, the blood cannot sufficiently flow upward, flows backward (reflux) and results in the pooling of blood and increased pressure on the other valves. Long periods of sitting or standing add to gravity’s pull on the blood, further contributing to inhibited blood flow.
So, if you find that you’re consistently sitting in your seat or standing on your feet while working, your job may be having adverse effects on your veins. Common professions associated with prolonged sitting or standing include:
- Nurses and pharmacists
- Office personnel
- Factory workers
- Retail workers
Tips for healthier veins on the job
If you’re sitting most of the day, prop your feet up on a foot rest or stool. If you’re standing most of the day, try calf raises or work in a couple of squats when you have the chance. Or you can…
- Shift your standing position as often as possible
- Walk around at least once every 30 minutes
- Elevate the foot of your bed at night to ease blood flow in the legs
- Ice swollen veins or legs, or try a hot compress i ice isn’t helpful
- Wear compression stockings while working
- Wear appropriate footwear with cushioned socks or insoles
- Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to prevent circulation restriction
The vein specialists at Northern Illinois Vein Clinic offer a wide variety of vein treatments to get your veins healthy and your legs beautiful again. To schedule your appointment, call (877) 999-7912 today.