Police Personnel at Risk for Varicose Veins

According to ‘dailyhunt.in’, more than 25% of the population in Mumbai suffer from varicose veins. Some of the most affected people are policemen, bus conductors, security guards, and teachers.

‘The Pioneer’ published an article reporting the Delhi Police had conducted a health check-up wherein around 30% of Traffic Police personnel are suffering from a disease standing for long hours.

Another research conducted by Mumbai’s Apex Hospital involved over 1000 people who work primarily standing. Dr. Himanshu Shah, a varicose veins specialist involved in the research said to ‘dailyhunt,’ traffic police and policemen along with bus conductors and people working at malls are likely to develop varicose veins. The study disclosed, those crossed age 40 are suffering from varicose veins; and genetic disorders, obesity, tight garments are probable causes of varicose veins.

Is Varicose Veins an occupational risk?

There are many occupations that demand long periods of standing on your feet; meaning that varicose veins can be an occupational risk. Traffic police, cooks, housekeeping staff spend most of their day on their feet.

A few tips you can follow are:

1. Try your best to avoid prolonged periods of standing
2. Raise your feet high when you can – during breaks and at home
3. Exercise to boost circulation – gentle walks, cycling, running is good
4. Be cautious – if you see any vein problems, immediate check-up and treatment prevents them from getting worse
5. Maintain a healthy to reduce the risk of vein conditions

Compression socks to the rescue!

Experts advice support socks to avoid blood pooling in the veins and to reduce leg swelling.

If you already suffer from varicose veins, a doctor may advice you to wear compression stockings.

Graduated compression stockings apply more pressure around the ankle. It enables blood to flow upwards towards the heart. They are graded by compression strength and change in the amount of pressure applied to the legs. Only a doctor’s evaluation and right size fitting of the stockings will decrease the risk of problems, for example, skin aggravation and impaired blood flow to the feet.