When You Have to Stand for Long Periods: Reducing the Risk of Varicose Veins and Spider Veins

Dr. John Chuback of Chuback Medical Group, Paramus, New Jersey knows that in today’s busy world, many of us have jobs or lifestyles that require us to spend lots of hours on our feet.  Dr. Chuback sees patients who are teachers, health professionals, cleaning staff, even just parents – all of whom rarely get the chance to sit down. It doesn’t help matters knowing that spending long periods of time on your feet is a risk factor for developing varicose veins and spider veins.

Why does standing for long periods increase your risk of vein disorders?

In a word, gravity. Your veins have the important job of returning your blood from your lower body to your heart, over and over, for a lifetime. Standing for long periods means that your blood has to work harder against gravity to return the blood from your feet to your heart. Over time, the forces of gravity combined with you standing up for long periods can result in pooling of the blood in the legs. This pooling can lead to venous insufficiency, due to a weakening of the vein walls and valves that are responsible for keeping the blood flowing in the right direction. The result? You may begin to develop spider veins or varicose veins on your thighs, calves, or ankles.

If I can’t change my job or lifestyle, what can I do?

If you haven’t yet developed bulging vein problems, you can wear compression stockings during the time you spend on your feet. Compression stockings can help delay the development of spider veins and varicose veins, but if you already have them, the stockings will not eliminate them. Maintaining a healthy weight and a regular exercise program also help your body prevent or delay vein problems, because extra weight and a weak cardiovascular system add extra stress to your circulatory system and are risk factors for vein disease.

If you already have symptoms of venous insufficiency, don’t despair. Modern vein disease treatment is quicker, more effective, and less invasive than ever before. At our Paramus, NJ varicose vein center, we offer all of the latest therapies, including injection and laser sclerotherapy, ambulatory phlebectomy, and EVLT Treatment (Endovenous Laser Treatment) by a laser expert. All of these treatments are based on the principle of closing the problem vein permanently and allowing the body to reroute the blood through healthier veins in the area. All can be performed on an outpatient basis with no need for surgery, general anesthesia, or a visit to a hospital. The procedures are minimally invasive and in most cases, you can return to your usual activities the very next day.

However, each procedure has advantages and disadvantages, and some are better for spider veins while others are better for varicose veins. It’s very important to have a thorough venous health screening by one of our varicose vein doctors who can explain the various options to you and help you decide what’s best for your particular condition.

If you’d like to know more, please contact vein disease specialist Dr. Chuback for a consultation. You can contact the Chuback Medical Group at 201.430.2737. We look forward to meeting you.

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