You may already know that your genetics can play a role in whether or not you will develop varicose veins. Did you know your job can also be a factor? Some types of jobs tend to carry a higher risk for varicose veins than others. Find out if you are more likely to get these bulging, twisting veins by checking out our list of some of the riskiest occupations.
Nurses and others that work in clinics and hospitals typically spend long days on their feet. All of this standing can put additional pressure on lower leg veins, which can increase the risk for damage to the vessels and the formation of varicose veins. Pharmacists also fall into this category, since most of their day is also spent standing in front of counters preparing prescriptions and answering questions for patients.
In addition to the many hours on their feet, flight attendants have the double whammy of spending their days in pressurized plane cabins. The reduced pressure inside the plane also leads to reduced oxygen in the blood which can cause swelling of the legs and feet. Also known as edema, this problem may contribute to the onset of varicose veins or make current vein conditions worse. People who fly frequently for their jobs may also be at higher risk.
Whether you are waiting tables, cutting hair or running a cash register, you are likely to be doing the large majority of your job while on your feet. While restaurant staff may be able to counter at least some of their standing time with frequent bouts of walking, that is not so much the case for hairstylists or cashiers. Those long days of standing in one spot, often on a hard flooring surface, can take a serious toll on your lower leg veins.
Assembly line workers are another group of employees that spend significant amounts of time standing in a single position while completing their tasks. There are also physical jobs at factories that require heavy lifting, which puts additional stress on those lower leg veins already working hard to move blood back up the body to the heart. A combination of the two can become too much strain for those poor, over-taxed veins to bear, resulting in weakening of the vessels, swelling and varicosity.
While jobs that require long periods of standing are not terribly healthy for your lower leg veins, long bouts of sitting behind a desk aren’t all that beneficial either. Long periods of sitting can slow up circulation in the body, increasing pressure inside the vessels. If you often sit with your legs crossed, that can add further strain to the circulatory system. The lack of movement means your calf muscles are not working to help the lower leg veins move blood back up the body, which can make them more prone to damage and varicosity.
If you have a job that puts you at higher risk for varicose veins, there are a few steps you can take to reduce your likelihood of developing this disorder:
- If you stand frequently, try to put your feet up at least a few times a day to rest your veins
- If you are usually sitting, make a point to get up and move every 30-60 minutes
- Try to get a walk in daily that promotes better vein health overall
- Wear compression stockings on the job that increase blood flow and lower your varicose vein risk
If you do develop varicose veins, treatments are available to eliminate those unsightly, painful vessels without a major disruption to your daily life. To learn more about your options in vein treatments, contact Advanced Vein & Vascular Center today at 610-200-6924.