People who stand on the job are at a higher risk for needing varicose vein treatment, especially if varicose veins run in their family. Jobs where you stand in one place like factory worker, cash register clerk, and post office worker are the worst. They put continuous pressure on your leg veins and leg vein valves for eight or more hours a day, forty or more hours a week. Here are some tips on how to avoid varicose vein treatment, or at least delay it or reduce it, if you have a job where you have to stand a lot.
Shift Your Position As Much As Possible
Shifting your weight from one leg to the other can help as can bending one or both knees occasionally. When possible, lift your foot and rotate your ankle a few times too. Do squats too if allowed. Marching in place can help too. If you decide to do this, you may want to mention it to your superior before you start and let them know you’ll be discreet when needed.
Do Calf and Thigh Exercises Periodically While You Stand At Work
Leg muscles, especially calf muscles, help pump blood back to the heart so your veins don’t have to work as hard. When you flex or contract these muscles, this will directly squeeze the deep veins and help them move blood against gravity. It will also help build stronger muscles and more muscle mass so your muscles will help your veins even when not exercising. To work your calf muscles, go up to your tip toes, hold this position a few seconds and then come back down. Do reps of at least three of these whenever possible to ward off varicose vein treatment. You can also flex (tighten) your thigh muscles and calf muscles, hold the flex as long as possible, and then loosen up again.
Elevate Your Legs On Your Breaks
Make a point of elevating your legs during your breaks. This will work best if your legs are above your heart. So, if there is a couch in the lounge room, or a place you can go such as a gym to achieve this position, even for just ten minutes, this will reduce the fluid in your legs and give your vein valves a much needed break. If you don’t have this opportunity, just bring a pillow and elevate your legs in another chair or against the wall. Some people even lay flat on the floor with their legs against the wall.
Elevate Your Legs When You Get Home
Stack some big pillows up at the foot of the bed (or buy a big piece of wedged foam). Lay down and elevate your legs for ten to thirty minutes when you get home. If you do this on a regular basis, you may be able to avoid varicose vein treatment.
Buy an Inversion Chair or Inversion Table
The cost of these has really come down in the last few years so they are affordable for most people. Both types of inversion equipment help you comfortably turn upside down, or at least partially upside down, so the fluid that has accumulated in your legs and feet has a chance to move back toward the heart. The chair is a bit easier than the table to get used to.
Elevate the Foot Of Your Bed
You don’t want to go overboard here. Elevate the foot of your bed by putting carpet savers or similar rubber objects under the bed posts. Try just an inch at a time until you notice a difference. Just a small difference can go a long way toward managing your condition and helping you avoid or reduce the varicose vein treatment you may need in the future.
Wear Prescription Graduated Compression Stockings
If you go to a vein clinic like Metro Vein Centers, they will do an examination using duplex ultrasound to determine the condition of your veins and vein valves. Depending on your condition, they may recommend some type(s) of varicose vein treatment immediately or they may try a “conservative” treatment like having you wear graduated thigh high compression stockings. These are tighter at your ankles and then get progressively loser as they move up your leg. This takes some of the pressure off your leg veins when returning blood back to your heart.
Exercise Regularly But Don’t Overdo It
The better your circulation, and the stronger your leg muscles, the better you’ll be able to withstand the effects of gravity after standing all day. The best exercise you can do is walking, or something similar like using the treadmill at the gym. This gets both your calf and thigh “blood pump” going and the effects will last for hours. If you can walk BEFORE work, it will help even more as it will help increase your circulation while you work. However, walking at any time will definitely help.
If you do all of the above, and you still have pain, stinging, or heavy legs from varicose veins, you can set up a free examination at Metro Vein Centers and talk about all the options. Sometimes people who want to avoid varicose vein treatment but finally get it wish they had gotten it years earlier as the pain often subsides almost immediately, depending on the type of treatment and the condition of your veins.