Our jobs and the everyday work environment have a major impact on our lifestyle and overall health. There is no denying the fact that varicose veins are a common medical disorder among professionals whose job nature is such that it requires continuous standing or sitting in the same posture for long durations at a stretch.

For instance, people employed as teachers, traffic policemen/women, nurses, shopkeepers, salesmen, bus conductors, drivers, and others in similar professions are highly likely to develop varicose veins at an early age due to their job roles that lead them to have low physical activity levels.

What puts the traffic police personnel at high risk of varicose veins?

Of all those people in demanding jobs and professions, the ones working as traffic police personnel are at the greatest risk as their job requires standing for 8-10 hours at a stretch without any breaks in between. They spend their working hours out on the roads in an environment polluted by vehicle exhaust, blows of dust, and fumes.

The traffic policemen and women undergo extreme physical strain and work amidst noisy and polluting vehicles throughout the day. Owing to rapid urbanization and exponential growth in the number of vehicles, especially in the metro cities, the jobs of the traffic personnel have got all the more exhausting and back-breaking in recent times.

Traffic police officers usually have constant workload, long and unpredictable working hours, and encounter unexpected situations every day. Their intense working conditions have adverse effects on their health and the health hazards of their job get severe with an increase in the duration of their working hours.

All these factors contribute to the increasing probability of traffic police officers developing varicose veins. These malfunctioning veins are formed when the valves of these veins do not function normally and rather prevent the blood flow back to the heart instead of promoting it.

Varicose veins cause extreme swelling and pain in the affected area, usually the lower region of the legs and feet. They cause discomfort and can lead to other health complications such as venous ulcers, chronic venous insufficiency, deep vein thrombosis, and even pulmonary embolism.

How can the traffic police staff prevent the development of varicose veins?

In a recent study done to assess the risk of varicose veins in traffic police officers, it was revealed that as many as 12% of all traffic police personnel were at risk of developing varicose veins sooner or later.

Although varicose veins have also been linked to genetics and it is true that if anyone in your immediate family has as a venous disorder, you have a greater probability of developing varicose veins, it is still very important for you to learn about the causes and symptoms of vascular diseases.

All traffic policemen and women must become aware of the possible health complications that may arise due to their hectic job routine and extreme work environment, and take all necessary precautions to prevent any serious ailments.

You must ensure to take breaks in between and sit down every once in a while during your working hours. Ensure to move your ankles and perform mild foot exercises even while standing on the job to regulate blood flow and prevent pooling of blood in the legs and feet.

It is advised for all traffic police officers to undergo regular screening from time to time to be able to detect any venous disorders as timely medical aid can prevent the condition from getting severe. Traffic police personnel are also suggested to adapt a healthy lifestyle which includes eating nutritious meals at regular intervals, engaging in mild exercises, and completely giving up on alcohol and tobacco.


You must never ignore your health and ensure you see a vascular expert at the time when you begin to see early signs or experience discomfort. Dr. Rajah V Koppala is a vascular expert with over 20 years of experience. He has completed his education and training from international universities and is a highly acclaimed vascular surgeon and advanced laparoscopic surgeon.

Dr. Rajah specializes in the minimally invasive and painless treatment of varicose veins. This procedure removes all blockage in a single sitting and you get immediate relief from swelling and pain in the affected limbs.

This procedure is usually performed as an outpatient procedure under the influence of local anaesthesia and has zero downtime. Patients can go back home on the same day and resume office from the next day itself.

Avis Vascular Centre has state-of-the-art medical facilities and tie-ups with all national insurance agencies to offer quick friendly Mediclaim assistance to one and all. We also have special arrangements for non-local patients and take complete care of their travel and accommodation.

Always remember, like precaution is better than cure, timely treatment is vital to faster recovery. Do not hesitate in seeing a vascular expert, schedule your appointment with Dr. Rajah V Koppala at Avis Vascular Centre today!