Sitting and standing for long periods of time are both common causes of varicose veins and venous insufficiency. Whether you sit at a desk or are a checkout clerk for 8 hours a day, there is one thing in common: they could be putting you at risk for venous insufficiency.
Venous insufficiency is a condition that occurs when the valves in the leg veins are not working effectively to return blood back to the heart. This causes blood to “pool” or collect in these veins.
Risk factors for venous insufficiency include:
- Family history
- Varicose Veins
- Sedentary job/lifestyle
While we can’t control our age and family history, we can work on minimizing other risk factors. Below are a few things you can do to help prevent venous insufficiency:
- Maintain a healthy weight – Manage your weight with a healthy diet and regular exercise (more on that below!).
- Exercise regularly – Do simple exercises, such as walking and stretching, to help improve your circulation. Swimming is also a great option that doesn’t put any stress on your joints.
- Wear compression stockings – Consistently wear compression stockings to encourage healthy blood flow and decrease leg swelling – especially when traveling!
- Take sitting or standing breaks – If your job requires standing all day, try to take a break every other hour to give your legs a rest. If you have a sedentary job, try to take a short walk every other hour.
If you’ve noticed changes in your legs or are concerned that you’re at risk for venous disease, we can help! Our team of experts will diagnose and determine a treatment plan specific to your condition. We work with most insurances, call us today (207) 772-1820 to schedule your consultation.