Due to sitting and standing for long periods of time, teachers are particularly susceptible to symptoms related to varicose veins, including leg pain and swelling. And for educators, right now is often the best time to start treatment.
That’s because most insurance companies have a minimum six-week compression stocking requirement, so if you wait until mid-summer to schedule your appointment, you’ll be back in the classroom before we even get started.
One of the best things you can do is to start compression right now because it counts toward any insurance stocking requirement (plus it’s a daily reminder that this is the year you are finally going to take care of your legs!). By starting compression now, we can begin treatment during the flexibility of the summer break.
To start wearing compression, you can come see us or visit your local medical supply company or local pharmacy. Most companies have someone to help you get the correct fit. If you visit our office, we’ll fit you with a specific prescription pair that you can also use during treatment. And if you just cannot find the time to come in, even a pair of over-the-counter knee highs will help you feel better now.
The teaching profession is similar to nursing, firefighting and law enforcement. They are our caretakers and their jobs involve lots of sitting and standing for long periods, which—with help from gravity—puts pressure on the valves that support venous return. When these valves don’t function properly, toxins collect in the lower legs resulting in many symptoms. Give our office a call to find out more, especially if you are experiencing any of the following:
- chronic leg pain
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- leg cramps or swelling
Dr. Sonja Stiller is a diplomat of both the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine and is the founder of the Center for Advanced Vein Care located at 7200 Mentor Avenue, in Mentor. For an appointment, call 440-295-9105. More information can be found at YourHealthyVeins.com.
Content Source: Mimi Vanderhaven