We frequently discuss both here on our blog and with our patients how people’s lifestyles can increase their chances of developing varicose veins and their root cause, vein disease. A big part of most people’s lives is spent at their job. Our Atlanta vein specialists see a lot of people who have spent years in jobs that have contributed to symptoms such as heavy, hurting, restless legs, varicose and spider veins.

Most people have heard about the negative impacts on your health, including your circulation, of sitting at a desk all day. However, a number of jobs that require people to be on their feet for hours at a time, whether standing or walking, have been shown to increase the risk for developing vein disease.

Let’s look at some of the people whose jobs, although they don’t involve sitting, can impair their leg circulation. You may note that most of these jobs are more commonly held by women than men. Women are already more likely to develop varicose veins because of hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy and menopause. For many women, their career is one more risk factor.


This career requires people to be on their feet for hours on end – often for most of their workday. This increases the amount of work that the veins in the lower legs have to do, which causes them to become weak or damaged over time. This causes blood to pool in the veins, creating varicose veins.

Hair Stylists

These professionals are also on their feet throughout most of their day. Unlike nurses, they tend to remain standing in the same position, often working on one particular client for an hour or more. This stationary position not only is tiring on the legs but decreases the circulation.flight attendant

Flight Attendants

Besides being on their feet for hours on end, flight attendants are also in tight quarters. Therefore, unlike people in other professions, they can’t take a walk on their break. Stretching, exercising or just putting their legs up for a few minutes is next to impossible. All of this takes a toll on the circulation.


Standing at a cash register or computer all day is tough on your legs. People who work in grocery or drug stores are often required to stand within a small area for long periods. This gives them little opportunity to stretch or walk around.

Food Service Industry Workers

Servers and others on the wait staff are on their feet for long periods taking orders and bringing food to customers. However, at least they are walking during most of their workday. Those who work in the kitchens are more likely to be standing in one place, often in a small, crowded area, for long periods.

Let VeinInnovations Help Your Legs Look and Feel Better

If your job is causing circulatory problems that have led to varicose veins and the discomfort and swelling that often accompany them, our Atlanta vein doctors can help. Our state-of-the-art varicose vein removal treatments can help your legs feel better and less tired with little down time. Our vein treatments also help your legs look better! Call us or contact us online today to arrange for a consultation in one of our convenient Atlanta vein clinics.