Posted on: 18 July 2016
Varicose veins are both painful and unsightly, but it can be difficult to avoid them when you're on your feet all day. Standing up for prolonged periods is one of the common causes of varicose veins, and working as a security guard or doorperson often involves a lot of standing. If you've found yourself getting varicose veins that are causing you pain but you can't quit your job or change your career, here are 3 ways to offset the effects of standing up so much.
Wear Compression Socks
Whether you're male or female, wearing compression stockings is one of the best ways to relieve the effects of varicose veins. These socks create pressure that helps your blood flow from your legs to your heart. While the name "compression stocking" sounds feminine, this hosiery comes in both male and female styles. If your uniform includes trousers, don't worry too much about the style -- they'll be covered up anyway. If your legs will be exposed, make sure you opt for a colour that matches your uniform to avoid infringing on workplace rules. You can usually buy support socks in general retailers, but you may want to ask your doctor to prescribe you special, fitted compression stockings if you're in a lot of pain. It may take some time for these stockings to feel comfortable, but the distractions of security work should take your mind off the tight feeling after a while.
Ask to Be Repositioned
Sun can make varicose veins worse because it breaks down the collagen under your skin. Of course, in Australia, it's difficult to avoid sunlight -- especially if you're guard post is outdoors. If you're part of a larger security team or company who cover an indoor and outdoor area, ask your boss to move you to a post inside or in the shade. Remember you should not be discriminated against in your workplace based on your illness. Your employer should do what they can to make it possible for you to work safely.
Undergo Medical Treatment
Sometimes compression stockings and avoiding sunlight aren't enough to alleviate the physical and aesthetic problems that come with varicose veins. If these non-invasive options are unable to balance the side effects of security work, your best course of action is to undergo medical treatment. Talk to a vascular surgeon about the treatment options available to you. The least invasive treatments involve radio waves, ultrasound, or lasers. If these aren't suitable for you, your surgeon will be able to remove the veins from your legs with a simple procedure.Share