Occupational Swelling

The experience of legs that swell at the end of a working day is the result of a physiologic phenomenon. It is caused by extravasation of fluid from the venules because of a steadily increased venous pressure in the dependent regions of the body.

Gravity will certainly not be on your side. Standing on your feet all day means that the blood circulation is hindered by gravity and, in certain cases, lack of movement if your job requires minimal walking. It is quite common for you to feel like your legs weigh a ton after a long day.

Don’t let problems run through your veins!

The fact that you are sitting for a prolonged period of time means that you are most likely inactive. This lack of movement also negatively impacts your veins and can lead to swollen, achy and heavy legs.

At the office, take a few minutes every hour to walk around and activate your calf muscle pump. It will help get that blood flow back on track.

If you are standing all day, try sitting and raising your legs for a few minutes to counteract the effects of gravity. You may also try wearing compression stockings. They are great for supporting blood flow in your legs.

A study concluded that calf-length compression stockings with a pressure range between 11 and 21mmHg are able to reduce or totally prevent evening edema and may therefore be recommended for people with a profession connected with long periods of sitting or standing.

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