Varicose veins are often caused due to inactivity. People who are employed at job roles that demand them to stand or sit in the same posture for longer durations at a stretch are at an enhanced risk of varicose veins.
In other words, professions such as teaching where teachers have to stand for more than four hours per day or desk jobs at MNCs where the corporate employees often remain seated for prolonged durations at a stretch are more likely to develop varicose veins at some point in their life than their counterparts.
Extended durations of lack of physical activity can cause the veins of the legs and feet to overwork, thus leading to blood pooling. The increased pressure in the veins eventually causes the valves to become weak. These valves do not promote the desired flow of blood back to the heart and thus lead to varicose veins.
Varicose veins are the enlarged and swollen veins that seem to be bulging out from the skin surface. Patients often complain of heaviness and irritation in the affected area accompanied by constant pain and discomfort. Patients may experience slight relief from symptoms on raising the legs above the level of the heart.
Let us understand a few professions and career options that significantly increase the risk factor of varicose veins:
- Education : University professors and school teachers spend hours on their feet in the classroom and then remain seated for long durations at a stretch to prepare the curriculum, set question papers, and also evaluate the answer sheets. This can take a toll on their venous heath and places them at a higher risk of varicose veins. Owing to pregnancy and wearing high heels, female teachers are more likely to develop varicose veins than their male counterparts.
- Hospitality, Beauty, Retail : According to the statistics from recent studies, hairdressers over 45 years of age who work for 10+ hours a day are more probable of developing varicose veins as compared to the youngsters in the profession.
Most other similar job types such as hotel workers, retail employees, baggage checkers, restaurant reception, store greeters, etc are also at a serious threat of varicose veins.
- Medical : Doctors who perform lengthy surgeries and nurses, especially the ward nurses who spend hours on their feet have a significantly higher risk of complaining of varicose veins sooner or later in their lifetime.
- Office or Technical : Office workers, bankers, or those who are in the computer field have unusually long sitting durations. Those working in computer development, information technology, customer care, and related job roles often work in a competitive, time-bound, and stressful work environments, do not even break for lunch and have their meals at their desks only. These job roles affect vascular health and create additional risk of varicose veins.
- Transportation : Taxi drivers, bus drivers, truck operators, and other long-distance drivers who undertake long journeys and drive on bumpy roads without a break are definitely at a high risk of varicose veins. The drivers remain seated for 10 or more hours at a stretch and may even experience cramps.
Even if your job type is not listed above, we are sure there are similarities between the professions listed above and that you will be easily able to relate them to your own job role. Irrespective of your career, if your job profile where your work duties lead to increased duration of standing or sitting on your desk, you must be careful and take preventive measures to delay if not rule out the occurrence of varicose veins.
If you notice that your job is contributing to increasing the risk of developing varicose veins, you must take the below actions to reduce the likelihood.
- Always ensure to take frequent breaks from work. If you have a desk job, get up at regular intervals and take a stroll in the room. If, however, your profession makes you stand for too long, make it a habit to opt for small breaks to sit and move your ankles and feet.
- Whenever possible, elevate your legs above the level of the heart.
- Irrespective of your routine at work, make a habit of exercising daily. This will help the veins to work optimally and make blood in the legs to get going, thus reducing the chances of varicose veins.
- Speak to your doctor about compression stockings, also known as support stockings and its recommended size and usage for your age and health condition.
- Improve your lifestyle by eating nutritious meals over junk food and give up on smoking and alcohol.
These minor changes will definitely help improve your vascular health and lower the chances of developing varicose veins. If you have any signs of varicose veins, seek medical advice in a priority as certified healthcare practitioners can help prevent the health condition from getting complicated.
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