As a hardworking classroom teacher, you spend a lot of time on your feet. Between delivering instruction, circulating to small-group tables, lunchroom duty, and ushering students around the school, you rarely get the opportunity to take a seat.

Being on the go all the time can make the day fly by, but it can also take a toll on your health—especially vein health. More than half of all women in the United States and 45% of men will develop vein disease (also known as varicose and spider veins) over the course of their lifetimes. That adds up to more than 80 million Americans. Because teachers spend so much time on their feet, they’re at particular risk for the condition, especially if someone in their family suffers from it, and this can lead to further health problems down the road.

What is Vein Disease?

Varicose veins are produced when small valves in veins break and cause the blood in them to flow in the wrong direction. This causes the veins to bulge. Beyond the visual, symptoms include pain, heaviness, throbbing, swelling, itching, restlessness, fatigue, cramping and burning.

What Causes It?

If you have varicose or spider veins it is likely that someone else in your family also has them. More than 80 percent of the time the condition is genetic, but long periods of standing, as well as obesity and pregnancy, can make it worse.

What Can You Do?

Vein problems don’t go away on their own, and will only get worse over time. The good news is that with today’s advanced technology, vein disorders are treatable through safer and more effective techniques that don't require vein stripping surgery. New minimally invasive procedures such as Endovenous Laser Treatment and Sclerotherapy are virtually pain-free, and usually take less than one hour per session. Most day-to-day activities can be resumed shortly after, and the majority of procedures are covered by insurance plans.

If you’d like to hear more about vein disease, how it can be treated, and how Vein Clinics of America can help—click here. And, if you would like to hear Susan Samuelson, a semi-retired teacher tell her story about her struggles with vein disease, and how she was able to get back on her feet, pain-free, click here.