Venous Insufficiency Symptoms (for active careers)

Heaviness, fatigue, aching, cramping, swelling, restlessness, numbness, burning and pain are all common symptoms of venous disease (varicose veins).

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What jobs contribute to getting or worsening varicose veins?

When you are in the business of taking care of other people, sometimes you get so busy taking care of them that you forget to take care of yourself. People with active lives and active legs, like fire fighters, paramedics, nurses, police officers, teachers, flight attendants, hairstylists and waiters are typically up and moving a majority of their shift. These folks are sometimes on their feet upwards of 8, 10, or 12 hours at a time. Although activity helps reduce the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis, these same activities can increase symptoms of venous insufficiency. A feeling of heavy legs, tired legs, aching legs, legs that often cramp, swollen legs, swollen ankles, restless legs, numbness, burning and leg pain are all common symptoms of vein disease - venous insufficiency. These symptoms can occur daily, several times per week or a couple of times per month. When they begin to affect your activities of daily living, it's time to have them looked at by a vein specialist

What can I do at work for varicose veins?

Conservative treatments for the discomfort of venous disease and varicose veins include compression stocking use, elevating your legs whenever possible and utilizing horse chestnut. Unfortunately, with active lifestyles and careers, service providers like fire fighters, nurses, etc., don’t really have much time to take it easy. These therapies may reduce the symptoms associated with vein disease, however, none of them prevent your vein disease and symptoms from getting worse.

Evaluation and treatment by a vein specialist can fix the problem and help prevent future problems.