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Do Food Servers Have a Vein Health Risk?

Food server vein health may not get a lot of attention, but it should. If you work in food service as a waiter, chef or hostess, you know all too well how physically demanding this profession can be. It’s important to realize that those late nights coming home with sore, swollen ankles can have serious consequences long after your shift ends.

Why Are Food Servers in One of the Most Risky Professions for Vein Disease?

As a food server, chef or hostess, your job requires long hours on your feet. During the busy dining hours, you rarely have a chance to stop, catch your breath and rest your legs.

Over time, the continual pressure on your legs can cause veins to dilate, develop weakened walls and eventually leak. You may experience achy, heavy legs with eventual swelling at the end of your shift. Spider veins, those webs of blue and purple veins on the skin surface, may also appear. Certain patterns of spider veins are an indicator of deeper, more significant vein issues.

You may also develop varicose veins, which are more than a cosmetic issue. They can cause serious tissue damage and even painful ulcers in the lower legs.

Food service industry workers can have vein health issues
All the hours on your feet as a server put a lot of strain on your leg veins. See some tips for taking the pressure off your legs throughout the day.


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How can You Ease Pressure on Your Veins?

If you work in food service, here are some leg health tips that could save your legs over the long haul:

  • Give your legs a break whenever possible by elevating them to take the pressure off your veins.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that don't pinch and allow you ankle to move freely, and avoid heels if possible.
  • Perform calf raises periodically.
  • Exercise regularly, especially in water, to relieve your venous system.
  • Keep a healthy weight to avoid putting unnecessary stress on your legs.
  • Avoid high heels or constricting garments if possible.
  • Avoid obesity.

Other Helpful Tips to Support Your Vein Health

Shifting weight from one leg to the other and periodically flexing your foot helps, but will only go so far. To combat the long periods of time on your feet, you need the support of compression stockings. Compression adds pressure that keeps your veins from dilating and assists your calf pump. Find your stocking size with our online tool.

What Is the Best Vein Treatment for Your Legs?

If you've been working as a server for a long time and already have significant vein damage, it's not too late. The best vein treatment for your legs still includes compression and treating the diseased veins. If your veins are bulging, your legs feel heavy or you have swelling, reach out to a member of our team to discuss possible treatment options now.

Do you have the warning signs and symptoms of vein disease?

Take this short, five-question quiz to find out if you’re at risk.

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Do your legs often feel tired and heavy?