Why Are Frontline Workers More Likely to Get Varicose Veins?
The abundance of COVID-19 vaccines across the country has us all excited for a return to post-pandemic life, and that enthusiasm has renewed our appreciation for all the frontline workers who have met this moment with historic resolve. Nurses, teachers, and more stay on their feet non-stop for us, and while we’re always grateful for their efforts, we also want them to be aware that these professions make them more likely to develop varicose veins. Not to scare them or dissuade anyone from taking these noble jobs, but to help them recognize, prevent and treat the condition.
Varicose veins are any veins that become twisted or enlarged, and usually occur in the legs. Painful symptoms include achy, heavy feelings in your legs, burning or throbbing muscles, as well as severe itching. Complications from this medical condition—although rare—can include ulcers, blood clots, and bleeding. While varicose veins are typically caused by inactivity, like sitting all day, teachers and nurses develop them more often than other careers for the opposite reason: they are on their feet so often that it puts too much strain on their legs.
If you are a teacher, nurse or other professional that spends most of the day (and night) on your feet, here are our tips to slow the development of varicose veins.
1.Wear shoes that have large, supportive soles. This will help blood circulate from your legs through your feet freely.
2.To keep blood from building up in your calves—the most common area for varicose veins—make time every day to rest with your feet above your head. This is especially crucial after spending hours standing on the job.
3.Invest in a pair of compression sleeves. These will aid circulation while you work, which is great for non-stop jobs like teaching and nursing. Bonus—they hide easily under pants or scrubs!
We know that varicose veins are the last thing on your mind when you’re teaching children or looking after patients, but it’s important to always take care of yourself too, especially if you notice signs of your varicose veins worsening. At Capitol Vein & Laser, we’ve treated thousands of patients looking to remove diseased veins. Our treatment options are safe and effective, so if you’d like us to help you, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 866-695-8346.