Teacher’s are at Risk for Varicose Veins

There’s a lot of stress that goes along with being a teacher. Early mornings, late nights, rowdy classrooms, grading homework – teachers have enough to worry about without also having to cope with varicose veins. However, as we progress through the 2021-2022 school year, we’re reminded that teachers are at risk for varicose veins. While there are many reasons that teachers might develop varicose veins, there are also things that teachers can do to prevent or minimize the appearance of varicose veins.

Why Do Teachers Develop Varicose Veins?

We all remember sitting in class while our teacher stood at the front of the room to give a lesson. What we probably don’t remember is all the stress on the veins from all that standing. Studies show that prolonged amounts of standing – four hours or more – per day can weaken the veins and cause blood to pool, resulting in varicose veins. This also happens when someone has to stand continuously for an hour without a break.

Since teachers are constantly on their feet, often for hours at a time, it’s easy to understand how they could be at a higher risk for varicose veins. Luckily, teachers can lower their risk by making a few simple lifestyle changes that will ease the pressure on their veins and keep varicose veins from making an appearance.

How Can Teachers Prevent Varicose Veins?

Wear the Right Shoes

Flat, comfortable shoes with good support are an absolute must for teachers. High-heeled shoes force your veins to work against gravity, putting unnecessary pressure on already stressed veins. Flats with cushioned soles or a pair of trendy tennis shoes are absolute musts for any teacher who finds themselves on their feet all day.

Put Your Feet Up

While everyone was working from home during the pandemic, there was a lot of emphases to utilize standing desks to keep people from becoming too stationary. However, there is something to be said for taking a break every once in a while and putting your feet up. When you get home from work, try to sit with your feet elevated above your heart for about an hour to give your veins time to recuperate from the long day.

Keep Moving

We know, this seems ironic. But if you can move around instead of standing in one stationary position during your lesson or try to move around during recess duty, it will reduce stress on your veins.

Get a Vein Screening

If you think that you might be at risk for varicose veins or vein disease, the best help you can get is to see a vein specialist. You might be genetically predisposed to varicose veins, or you might have some other health issues that will come to light. Discussing varicose vein treatment options with your doctor will give you some peace of mind and help you develop strategies to go easier on your veins.

If you’re struggling with varicose veins, Summit Skin and Vein Care is here to help. Contact us today and one of our specialists will be happy to discuss your vein treatment options with you.

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