Can Standing Desks Improve Leg Health?

Like so many areas in life, it appears that when it comes to leg health, moderation, balance and variety are key. When it comes to your leg health, you can certainly have too much of a good thing whether it comes to sitting down or standing for too long.

Recent studies indicate that the average amount of time most people spend sitting each day is close to eight hours. This prolonged sitting is a leading factor for high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and high cholesterol and is second only to smoking as a raised risk for mortality.

Sitting for extended periods of time puts excessive pressure on the legs and can cause blood to pool in the leg veins. This increased pressure within the veins weakens the walls of the veins and damages the valves making it more difficult for the blood to be pumped back up to the heart.

Yet, new research also indicates that extended standing creates this same kind of pressure on the legs along with possible risks for cardiovascular disease and other problems. In fact, nearly half of the participants also reported discomfort in their lower back, legs and other areas of the body after just two hours.

Therefore, the right solution is to move around throughout the day, striving to maintain a healthy balance between sitting, standing, and short walks. However, if you have already developed varicose veins or spider veins, they won’t be reversed without treatment and typically progress without attention.

Fortunately, there’s help available with your specialist vein doctor. For those who are experiencing varicose or spider veins and who would like a non-surgical option, there are two highly-effective treatments offered by varicose vein specialists. Endovenous laser ablation and sclerotherapy for varicose veins offer gentle yet effective treatment that require no hospitalization or surgery center.

Because no scalpels or sutures are utilized in either treatment, there are no long-lasting scars or keloids. There’s minimal discomfort, and most treatments are characterized as being virtually painless. With these modern therapies, most people can resume their daily activities immediately after treatment. Additionally, most major health insurance carriers provide coverage for the treatment of vein disease and venous insufficiency when medically necessary.

If you would like more information regarding treatment for your varicose veins or spider veins, please contact the Goldman Vein Institute today at one of our two convenient locations:

Jupiter 561-625-9853 or Wellington 561-790-4550 or visit us at

At the Goldman Vein Institute, our mission is to provide our patients with comprehensive care for varicose veins, spider veins, and other conditions caused by venous insufficiency. Our highly-qualified and experienced, board-certified vein specialists, Dr. Goldman and Dr. Varghese-Goldman, combine their extensive knowledge and experience, with the latest innovations in vein treatments.

With our offices in Jupiter and Wellington Florida, the Goldman Vein Institute serves patients from Stuart, Hobe Sound, Tequesta, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, North Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, Hialeah, Sunny Isles, Bay Harbor, Bal Harbour, Miami Beach, Aventura, Surfside, Hallandale, and Hollywood, and we welcome patients across South Florida to visit our state-of-the-art vein centers, where we provide the latest in vein treatment technology.

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