How to reduce leg pain as a nurseFor many, now is the time to switch out the Spring/Summer wardrobe and replace with the heavier clothes for Fall/Winter. Even in those warmer months, do you opt for longer pants to hide your legs? If so, you are not alone.

As a nurse, you spend an incredible amount of time on your feet placing you at high risk for developing varicose veins. What can you do about it? Here are some tips to help you prevent unsightly varicose veins when standing is inevitable:

  • Don’t stand in the same position. Be sure to keep your knees slightly bent and do not lock them. Utilize a high stool to sit when appropriate and alternate propping your feet on a stool or other stationary piece when available.
  • Exercise. Regular physical activity can promote good circulation throughout your body, including your legs. Squats, calf raises, and knee/leg lifts are all great options for promoting efficient blood flow in the legs.
  • Put your feet up. You read that correctly, after a long shift of standing put your feet up and take advantage of a good foot rub every now and again.
  • Be mindful of your diet. Being overweight can add undue stress to your already overworked legs. Also try to limit or avoid alcohol and salt as these can inhibit blood flow.
  • Get a quality pair of shoes and replace them often. If you are having discomfort in your feet or legs, be sure and discuss this with a true professional as you are selecting which shoe is right for you.

As a nurse you have an important job to provide care for your patients in a time of need. Don’t let leg pain hold you back from being at the top of your game. Taking small steps to reduce your risk for varicose veins is far less painful than treating venous disease once it wreaks havoc in your legs.