What You Should Know About Standing on The Job and Your Veins
By the age of 50, some 40% of women and 20% of men in America have some form of vein problems, including blood clots or damaged veins. The severity of vein issues can vary depending on genetics, lifestyle, and other factors. Vein problems still can affect the quality of your life, as you experience pain, discomfort, and the effects on your daily activities.
How Does Standing on the Job Affect Your Veins?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) offers insight into how sitting and standing affect workers. Those physical demands, where workers are required to sit or stand as a part of their occupation, are important to understand for anyone considering a job. Statistically, nurse Practitioners are required to stand for an average of 62.7 % of their workday, while accountants may sit for 89.5% of their workday.
Sitting and standing for significant portions of your workday can directly result in a range of side effects, including swollen legs and ankles, raised and/or discolored veins, and sore, achy legs. If you’ve ignored your leg and vein issues until now, it’s important to consider coming into our clinic for an evaluation. While the issue might seem minor now, we can help you mitigate the symptoms and treat the problem.
What Additional Factors Combine with Standing on the Job?
Your legs may bother you more now than they used to. That is likely due to a change in your work routine or lifestyle. You might stand or sit more without thinking about it. Here are a few factors that could adversely affect your veins and legs.
- Clothes – Look at any changes to your clothing that might affect your circulation. Tight clothes will restrict your blood flow and may cause you to notice more issues with your veins. Your doctor may recommend compression stockings to help.
- Extended or Frequency of Standing – If you’ve been driving longer distances, taking a train, or even standing or sitting more at work, you might notice added pressure on your legs, which can lead to varicose veins.
- Fitness – An overall focus on consistency in your exercise routine benefits not only your health but also the circulation in your legs. If you’ve stopped exercising or become less frequent in those activities, you may notice a weakening in your veins and a propensity towards vein problems.
As you become more aware of how your activities at work and at home are affecting your vein health, you can often make adjustments that will help. At Vanishing Vein Northwest, our goal is to help you understand how standing (and sitting) on the job will affect your vein health and overall wellness. Call us to find out how we can help.
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