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Common Occupations that May Contribute to Varicose Veins.

Common Occupations that May Contribute to Varicose Veins.

Posted on June 30, 2014 by Dr. Stephen Rivard

Common Occupations that May Contribute to Varicose Veins.

Although the primary cause of varicose veins is heredity, with nearly half the adult population suffering as a result, there are many contributing factors that can increase the likelihood of developing varicose veins or exacerbate the problem once you have them.  For instance, certain occupations that require long periods of standing can often contribute and increase the symptoms associated with your vein disease.  


Here is a list of some of the most common occupations that may contribute to your development varicose veins:

  • Teachers
  • Flight Attendants
  • Barbers/Hairstylists
  • Medical Doctors/Techs
  • Retail

So why standing?  Well here is the truth, standing for long periods of time does not actually cause varicose veins, but rather contributes to their development due to gravity and the way that the veins work in the body. Veins have one-way valves that help pump blood from your extremities towards your heart.  However, if these vein valves become weak and damaged the pressure builds as the blood can no longer flow upwards towards the heart creating what is known as venous reflux. Since gravity pushes everything down, the blood pools in our lower extremities (i.e. legs and ankles), which is why we tend to notice these places more.  

Additionally, when standing on hard surfaces like wood floors, etc and wearing shoes that may not have the proper support, your legs and ankles may end up swelling and often become fatigued.  Both swelling and fatigue are common symptoms of vein disease as well, which is why if you already have the disease the combination of the two factors exacerbates the problem and your symptoms (particularly the pain) become more pronounced. 

It is important to remember that vein disease is real disease and requires immediate medical attention, regardless if you have pain. Also, large bulging veins do not need to be present for you to suffer from the disease, which is why it is bester to be guided by the symptoms rather than their appearance.

The Importance of finding a Board Certified Venous and Lymphatic Doctor.

At Illinois Vein Specialists, we understand that seeking proper care is just as important to you as it is for us.  That is why we focus only on treating varicose and spider veins and provide the most advanced and effective treatments available today.  We treat patients from Buffalo Grove, Cary, Elgin, Algonquin, Palatine, Vernon Hills, Crystal Lake, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Fox River Grove, Mundelein, Grayslake, Wauconda, Chicago, and all areas of Barrington, Illinois. We understand that when you choose a doctor you want to go to someone you know, like and trust, and honestly so do we. We know that patients come to us most often from satisfied patient referrals, but we encourage you to do your own homework and ask around. In the end no matter where you live or who you decide to have treat your varicose or spider veins find someone who focuses only on diagnosing and treating varicose and spider veins -- find a Board Certified Venous and Lymphatic Doctor (formerly known as Phlebologist).


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