Retail workers are urged to put their feet up between shifts – as those extra hours on the shop floor this Christmas could be taking their toll and storing up circulation problems.
The warning comes from Cosmedics’ Vein Treatment Centre, who see patients with a variety of vein problems in their legs ranging from patches of fine thread veins to full varicose veins.
The company says that standing for extended periods of time is known to put pressure on circulation in the legs and this can cause vein problems to develop.
Thread veins are the lesser of the two, as they don’t cause any physical discomfort. However, aesthetically, they can be a great inconvenience. Severe thread veins can be visible through tights and cause problems and embarrassment for women and men when exposed on holiday.
Varicose veins are considered more of a medical problem as they can feel heavy, achy or painful. The skin can become inflamed and itchy too. Yet due to cutbacks, there is now less and less treatment on the NHS as they are often categorised as a cosmetic issue. Treatment offered tends to be the old-fashioned vein stripping, which has a longer recovery and lower success rate than EVLA laser treatment.
Avoid Vein Problems
Avoidance is always cheaper and easier than treatment. A few tips for retail workers and those who stand for a long time are:
- Avoiding prolonged standing is advisable
- Put your feet up when you can – during breaks and when you get home
- Putting your feet up doesn’t mean no exercise – gentle walks are good for boosting circulation
- Be vigilant – if you spot any vein problems earlier treatment prevents them getting worse
- Maintaining a sensible weight generally makes you less prone to developing vein conditions
Vein Removal Treatments
Varicose vein removal is now a lot less uncomfortable and more successful than people think. EVLA (endovenous laser ablation) treatment offers a 95% success rate. Cosmedics Skin Clinics offer private laser varicose vein removal at their London vein treatment centre with a renowned vascular surgeon.
For smaller thread veins or spider veins, these can be treated in private clinics like Cosmedics Skin Clinics, who offer thread vein removal at a selection of clinics based in London and Bristol using the latest surgical techniques including laser vein treatment,microcautery treatment and sclerotherapy injections (not for facial areas) with trained doctors and surgeons.
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