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Work On Your Feet? Learn How to Prevent Varicose and Spider Veins

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According to CNN, there are 10 jobs that keep you on your feet more than others. Their findings show the Top 10 “On Your Feet Jobs” are:

1. Retail
2. Tour Guide
3. Healthcare
4. Hair dressing
5. Food services
6. Food preparation
7. Mail carrying
8. Teaching
9. Design and art
10. Stand in actor

If you’re in one of those careers, you know that tired, achy legs and sore feet can make for very long days at work, but did you also know that you could be at risk for developing varicose and spider veins? Yes, standing behind a cash register, styling chair or in front of a classroom can actually be detrimental to your leg health! Thankfully, there are some simple things you can do to prevent varicose and spider veins and improve your leg health.

Tips For “On Your Feet” Careers

Dr. St. George recommends the following tips for “on your feet” careers:

  • Take breaks to get the blood flow moving.
  • If you’re unable to take breaks, keep your legs moving by walking in place, bending your knees and rotating your ankles.
  • Wear prescription grade compression stockings for just the right amount of pressure to prevent varicose and spider veins.
  • Invest in shoes or insoles that provide sufficient support for your feet. A good foundation can prevent tired, worn out legs and keep you moving.

varicose spider veinsTips For Your Off Hours

During your off hours, Dr. St. George recommends the following:

  • Quit smoking.
  • Eat foods rich in vitamins C, E, B6 and B12, or copper, fiber and bioflavonoids. This includes fruits and vegetables, seafood, seeds, nuts, goat cheese and soy foods.
  • Exercise regularly. Even a brisk 15- 20 minute walk every day will make a difference.
  • Practice inverting your legs over heart by lying on your back and raising your feet to the ceiling. If this is too strenuous, you could tuck pillows under your legs to invert them above your heart.

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