Why Does It Hurt To Stand?

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One of the most common symptoms of vein disease is having difficulty standing for long periods of time. Due to the fact that damaged vein valves are not circulating your blood flow properly, this may cause your legs to feel heavy or fatigued. Walking may even feel like a you have excess weight on your legs or that you have to exert more energy to move them.

Poor circulation caused by venous insufficiency often leads to swelling and inflammation. This can cause mild to severe pain that may negatively impact your daily life and may be why it hurts to stand. When inflammation occurs, chemicals from your body’s white blood cells are released into the blood flow and/or affected tissues to protect your body from foreign substances. When this occurs, some of those same chemicals may cause a leak of fluid into the tissues, which leads to leg swelling. This protective process may stimulate nerves and cause you pain. You may even notice after you’ve been walking or standing that your legs are more swollen than when you were sitting down.

During warm weather, inflammation may be triggered more frequently and cause additional pain. It’s important to stay hydrated and wear compression stockings if you are planning on standing or walking frequently throughout the day.

Painful, Chronic Symptoms

If you are wondering why does it hurt to stand, it could be due to vein disease. This can be quite concerning as simple activities like walking can have an enormous impact on your life. If your job requires you to be active or stand for prolonged periods of time, inflammation may increase and cause you to struggle with chronic pain and make it even more difficult to go about your day as normal.

You could be at risk for more serious complications regarding your varicose veins if you experience any of the following:

  • Constantly wearing compression stockings to work
  • Avoiding activities or jobs that require standing or walking
  • Living sedentary life to avoid painful symptoms
  • Cancelling plans with friends or family when it involves prolonged activity
  • Not being able to successfully manage weight due to pain while exercising
  • Making daily decisions on what you can do based on the amount of pain your experiencing that day

Allowing the symptoms to take over is not a healthy way to deal with the pain. You should never have to wonder why does it hurt to stand. Thankfully, there are nonsurgical, outpatient treatment options that provide lasting relief, as well as allowing you to return to normal activities the same day. There are also several natural remedies you can try to ease your discomfort.

Whether it’s varicose veins, spider veins, or venous ulcers, our clinics treat a variety of vein disease conditions. Varicose treatments take between 15-30 minutes depending on the number of veins affected. If you believe you are suffering from vein disease, contact us at 888.768.3467 to learn more about which treatment would work best for you.

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