Calling All Teachers

It’s finally the end of the school year. You have spent the academic year teaching and caring for your students. Not that it is finally summer vacation, it is now time to take care of yourself. Sit back and relax for a few months before the grind of the next academic year begins. Summer break is the time to take care of all of those issues that you put aside. That being said, did you notice that as the year went on, your legs were gradually becoming increasingly aching, sore, or even swollen? Were you waking up at night with painful leg cramps or charley horses? Did your legs feel restless whenever you had to sit down or stand for a prolonged period of time? These sensations could be your body telling you that you have a vein issue. Today we will discuss why teachers are at a greater risk of developing vein problems. 

At STL Vein & Cosmetics, we offer our patients solutions to their bothersome vein issues that are causing their pain and discomfort. Our team of vein experts will be able to guide you through the modern world of vein treatments. 

Standing for Long Periods of Time, and lecture, potentially for hours at a time. Although standing like this may be a necessary function as a teacher, it is definitely not in the best interest of your vein health. One of the factors that have been found to promote varicose vein development and progression is that of prolonged standing. Of course, standing is not unique to the teaching profession, but there is no secret that teachers are required to stand for extended periods of time. 

Although the majority of teachers do not have the luxury of not standing, they are able to try to balance standing and sitting while on the job. Balancing the two is important because too much of either is detrimental to your vein health. 

Wearing Inappropriate Footwear

The dress code for teachers is often dictated by school policy, and for most, it means business casual. For female teachers, this normally means dress shoes of some variety, often high heels. Many women wear high heel shoes because they are “stylish” or “cute.” Unfortunately, just because a shoe is “cute” does not mean that they are good for your vein health, especially after a long day of standing. Aside from the aesthetics of high heels, they also put unnecessary stress and strain on the wearer’s feet and legs. They also have a negative impact on the person’s venous circulation resulting in the pooling of blood within the legs. Over time, if this pooling is allowed to persist, it can and will eventually promote the development of vein issues like spider veins, varicose veins, or worse.

Regardless of how tempting it might be to show off the new heels that you got over the weekend, keep in mind that shoes that were designed to be worn for prolonged periods of time, rarely hurt at the end of the day like those much prettier high heels. Pain or discomfort, regardless of the source, is your body’s way of telling us that something is wrong. Give your legs and your veins a break and wear those comfortable flat-heeled shoes. You will thank yourself during 6th period when you realize you’re your legs and feet are not killing you. Your leg veins will thank you too. 

Learn More at STL Vein & Cosmetics

Teachers, you work in a high-risk profession when it pertains to developing varicose veins and spider veins. Don’t intentionally do things that can make your vein issues worse, but if you do develop leg pain or discomfort from your varicose and spider veins, our team of vein experts is here to help find a solution for you. Call 314.842.1441 today to schedule a free consultation with our team. Learn more about vein disease and what we can do for your legs.

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