Varicose veins are not only unsightly, but they can also cause painful physical symptoms. Fortunately, you can get relief for both by wearing compression stockings. Compression stockings are so effective that they’re one of the primary methods of treatment for patients suffering from this often uncomfortable physical condition.
What Are Compression Stockings?
Compression stockings are stretchy and fit snugly against your legs. Some are graduated, meaning they’re tightest at the ankle and gradually get looser as they go up the leg. Some cover both the leg and the foot, while others include only the foot. They’re commonly used not only for varicose veins, but also for people who have circulation problems, or who spend much of their time standing or immobile, which can cause problems with circulation.
How Do They Work?
It’s the snugness of the compression stocking that makes it useful. Because they put pressure on the legs, they boost blood flow and circulation. This can help prevent circulation problems, protect against varicose veins and reduce the appearance and symptoms of existing varicose veins. Compression stockings ensure that the blood flows freely through the veins, so it doesn’t pool, which causes the bulging veins referred to as varicose.
How do they benefit people with varicose veins?
Varicose veins can cause a wide range of physical symptoms, including swelling, cramps, itching, and burning. Compression stockings can not only relieve the discomfort associated with many of these symptoms; they can even hinder the progression of the varicose veins, so they don’t get worse.
How to wear compression stockings for varicose veins?
For best results, wear your compression stockings at all times except when you bathe or go to bed. Put them on as soon as you wake up — ideally before you even get out of bed. This allows them to start working before the blood has the opportunity to pool in your veins and cause or worsen your symptoms or the appearance of varicose veins.
If your symptoms aren’t that bad, you might not need full-leg, prescription-grade compression stockings. Support pantyhose might help, or you might need compression stockings that cover only your calf. If you don’t get relief or your symptoms worsen, consult your doctor about moving up to a more heavy-duty pair.
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At Las Vegas Vein Center, we provide treatment for varicose veins. Proudly serving the Las Vegas area, we treat a wide array of vein diseases and can help you determine which treatment is right for you, from compression stockings to minimally invasive outpatient procedures.