Is varicose veins an occupational hazard?

There are various factors that can raise a person’s risk of varicose veins, for example, family ancestry, sex, and age. One factor that applies to all is – your occupation. If your job requires you to sit or stand for prolonged hours, you might be susceptible to developing vein issues that can form varicose veins.

Veins carry blood back to the heart and use one-way valves that ensure blood flows smoothly as it moves against gravity. It is more difficult for the veins in the leg to fight against gravity. Calf muscles help the veins in the leg when contracting when your legs and feet move. When you’re at work that doesn’t require you to move for quite a long time, the veins’ valves weaken, and this develops varicose veins.

If you have a job in any one of the categories below, you’ll need to pay more attention to your vascular health:

Healthcare experts:

Professionals in the healthcare industry such as nurses, doctors, and other medical professionals and assistants who are on their feet for long hours at work, while lab specialists or billing coders may sit throughout the day.

Office / Computer work:

Managers, technology personnel, administrators, executives, client service agents, or others whose work is dependent or the computer or on the phone while sitting at a work desk may not move at all for a long time at a stretch, especially when focused on a task.


Hairdressers, make-up artists, massage therapists and other people who give personal services be in a similar standing position throughout the day.


If you drive any transport for a living, you can only do it one way – by sitting. Commercial truck drivers are driving for generally 11 hours a day at a stretch.


Depending upon the particular occupation, some salesmen might probably move around during the day, yet most cashiers are standing at their registers for long.


Teachers, professors, tutors may spend most of their time on their feet in the classroom or lab.


Factory laborers’ usually undertake a single task, and work standing or sitting, for their entire shift.


Some in the hospitality business, for example, restaurant servers, walk around as they work, yet chefs, dishwashers, and others in the kitchen may not get a chance to.