Risky Professions


Professions Prone to Developing Spider and Varicose Veins

It's important to realize that some professions are at greater risk for vein problems than others.

What Professions Have Increased Risk and Why?

If you work in a profession that requires you to be on your feet for long periods of time, you're at the greatest risk for developing spider and varicose veins. The problem is amplified if you stand in one place, wear constricting garments, are overweight, wear high heels or are pregnant. The increased pressure of standing on your feet all day can damages the valves that keep blood moving back to your heart.

Jobs requiring prolonged standing aren't the only ones that can damage veins. Desk jobs and those that require long periods of sitting also damage veins' valves and impede blood return to your heart. Crossing your legs increases the risks even more.

Does your job require long periods of standing or sitting? If it does, you are in a profession that puts you at risk for developing venous disease.

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Professions at Risk for Varicose Veins

Professions at risk for developing spider veins and varicose veins include:

  • Beauticians
  • Flight attendants
  • Bank tellers
  • Custodial workers

Each of these professions requires spending long periods of time on the feet with little time to sit and rest.

How to Maintain Your Vein Health in Standing Professions

Supporting vein health requires you to make time for activities that give your legs relief from the constant strain:

  • Elevating your legs on a stool or a desk whenever possible
  • Performing calf and ankle exercises to help the foot and calf pump
    if confined to a small area
  • Changing positions every few minutes
  • Avoid high heels and tight clothes

What Are Your Best Preventative Options?

Your best preventative options include:

  • Wearing Compression stockings
  • Maintaining a healthy weight and diet
  • Exercising to encourage blood circulation
  • Elevating legs when possible
  • Avoiding constricting garments and high heels for long periods

If you work in one of these professions and already have started developing varicose veins and ankle swelling, you can still use these measures to slow the progression and prevent more damage. If you are experiencing vein disease symptoms or signs such as pain or swelling, reach out to our team to discuss the scope of treatments available to you. 

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