Do Compression Stockings Help Varicose Veins?
Along with general good health habits, we recommend wearing compression stockings for varicose veins as a worthwhile measure. Varicose veins appear when the one-way valves in your veins fail and allow blood to leak backward. As a result, blood pools in the lower legs and dilates the veins to cause venous insufficiency. When you wear compression stockings, your veins are supported and enable the blood to flow more effectively. The external pressure improves blood flow by compressing refluxing veins and redistributing flow to the healthier parts of your venous system. In doing so, it can help to keep inflammation down and reduce the swelling and achiness in your legs.
A common complaint is they are uncomfortable to wear, especially during hotter weather. For this reason, it is just as important to choose the proper material and fitting. There are numerous types and manufacturers of compression stockings on the market today. Every patient can find an option tailored to treat his or her specific symptoms. Gradient compression legwear is sold at different compression levels, and our vein specialist can help you with your purchase. That’s especially important given the fact that the wrong purchase can actually worsen your condition.
Keep in mind that wearing compression stockings is not a cure, but rather for symptomatic relief. Compression stockings undoubtedly help many patients find relief from varicose or otherwise damaged veins. However, there isn’t sufficient evidence to suggest that they’re an effective treatment on their own. And while managing the symptomatic pain is crucial to those suffering from venous reflux, it’s important to always seek the advice of a vein specialist when determining the best vein treatment for you. There are many new technologies available to treat damaged or varicose veins, including a number of non-invasive procedures that can eliminate the symptoms of vein disease altogether.