Compression Stockings / Socks and Varicose Veins
If you’re experiencing symptoms caused by varicose veins, you may find some relief in using compression stockings and socks.
The hosiery is designed to:
- Ease pressure in the legs
- Increase circulation
- Alleviate heaviness and achiness
- Improve fatigue
- Slow the progression of varicose vein disease
By applying pressure around the feet, ankles, and legs, the stockings help to send more blood to the heart, preventing blood from pooling in the legs. The external pressure on the skin and veins actually help to improve the venous return of blood back to the heart and lungs.
Knee-length socks generally may suffice for some circumstances, but in many instances, you may want to purchase thigh-high socks. Which style or type of stocking you should use will depend on the recommendation of a vein specialist and may also require a leg ultrasound to determine.
Compression stockings come in four main varieties and range from ‘Mild Compression’ to ‘Extra Firm Compression’; with higher compression treating more pronounced symptoms. View the complete Compression Therapy Guide on AbsoluteMedical.
Compression stockings can be purchased over-the-counter for milder symptoms and are usually a good place to start. If your condition is more serious, prescription stockings can be provided by a doctor and fitted to your legs.
The hosiery should be worn during the day while standing or sitting for long periods of time. Unless advised by a doctor, they should not be worn while sleeping. When at home it’s recommended that time is spent elevating the legs above your heart, to further enhance circulation.
Keep in mind that compression stockings only serve to relieve symptoms caused by varicose veins. Permanent vein removal requires corrective treatment.
Ask a doctor before purchasing compression stockings to see if they’re right for you. To discuss your treatment for your varicose veins, contact Austin Vein Specialists at 512-339-9100.