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Sitting, Standing, and Varicose Veins

Sitting, Standing, and Varicose Veins

Posted on April 4, 2018 by Dr. Stephen Rivard


If you read any ergonomics studies or workplace articles, you are likely to hear that standing desks are all the rage. Why is that? While we know that sitting in front of a computer all day isn’t good for you, haven’t we also heard that being on your feet all day takes a toll on your body. So, what’s all the fuss about?

The truth is that too much of anything is not good for you.
  • Too long – Sitting or standing for long periods of time is not good for your health. Extended plane, train, and car rides can increase your risk for deep vein thrombosis. Standing too long puts added pressure on your circulatory system. As your veins work to carry blood back to your heart, added pressure can cause damage to valves in your veins and weaken the walls of your veins.
  • Too heavy – Being overweight, whether you stand or sit, makes your organs work harder and forces your veins to manage a greater volume of blood flow. This too can weaken your veins and lead to or worsen varicose veins.
  • Too tight – When your clothing is too tight, it restricts your blood flow, making it harder for your blood to circulate to your extremities One pertinent exception would be wearing graduated compression stockings that are designed to decrease the pressure on your legs, and help your circulatory system work more efficiently. They can even reduce the risk of venous insufficiency and slow its progression.
  • Too often – An occasional period of standing or sitting is fine in moderation. Problems start to arise when your body is challenged by this repeated pressure on the same body parts day after day. The occurrence of shoulder and neck pain after sitting at a desk, or aching leg pain after being on your feet all day, is proof that maintaining one posture for several hours is too hard on your body.

Does standing, or sitting all day put you at greater risk for vein disease? Yes and no. Putting extra pressure on your veins can exacerbate circulatory issues such as varicose veins. But, the greatest risk factor for developing varicose veins is heredity. If venous insufficiency runs in the family, especially if it is present in both the maternal and paternal sides, you are very likely to develop it too.

If you already have painful aching legs, feel numbness in your ankles and toes, or have spider veins or varicose veins, you should be evaluated by a vein specialist. The vein experts at Illinois Vein Specialists are completely focused on vascular issues and provide state-of-the-art non-invasive treatments on-site. Our physicians are board-certified in venous and lymphatic medicine and we have helped more than 10,000 patients diagnose and treat their veins over the last decade. Contact Illinois Vein Specialists today.



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, Glenview, Northbrook, 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.



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