Many people think—incorrectly—that varicose veins are caused by crossing your legs or taking hot baths. The fact is that varicose veins are caused by blood not circulating correctly through the veins due to valves that have become damaged. When these valves in the veins become damaged, the blood is not allowed to flow correctly and will pool, causing varicose veins.
Your Job Could Be Exacerbating Your Varicose Veins
One common cause of this condition is standing for long periods, as this will put pressure on your veins, making it difficult for your system to push the blood throughout the lower half of your body. There are many jobs, including nursing, teaching, and those in the hospitality sector that lead to an increased risk of varicose veins.
Interestingly, sitting for long periods of time can also cause varicose veins. In addition, sitting for extended periods can cause the blood to circulate more slowly and even cause the symptoms to become more severe.
What Can You Do to Reduce Varicose Vein Symptoms?
If you are engaged in a job that requires you to stand or sit for long periods of time, there are several things you can do to help alleviate the symptoms of varicose veins.
If you sit for long periods, make sure that you get up from your desk several times throughout the day. Take a short walk several times a day to get your circulation going. This can both prevent and alleviate varicose vein symptoms.
If you are required to do extended standing, you should take frequent breaks to sit down for a few minutes to reduce the pressure on your veins. You should also consider wearing compression stockings during your work day. Also, after work, relax a few minutes and prop your feet up higher than your hips.
Dr. Thomas Wright says, “There are many jobs that can create or exacerbate varicose veins. At Laser Lipo and Vein Center, we are happy to answer any questions you may have about this vein issue. Please give us a call and we would be happy to answer any questions you have.”
Also, we invite you to schedule a consultation where we can discuss in-depth varicose veins and how we can help you avoid or eliminate them.