Compression Stockings For Varicose Veins

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Do you have circulation issues in your legs?  Or maybe you've begun to notice a frustrating presence of varicose veins.  Either way, compression stockings can help.

Types of Compression Stockings

Compression stockings, or compression socks, encourage blood flow in the body by increasing blood flow in the legs.  One type is called gradient compression stockings.  These, just like most compression stockings, work by being tighter at the ankle and slowly losing pressure as they climb up the leg.  Gradient compression stockings specifically serve people who are active, as well as diabetics.  They help patients to resist blood clots, blood pooling and swelling during those stagnant moments.

Anti-embolism compression stockings, also known as TED hose, help the legs' venous and lymphatic systems.  Although anti-embolism compression socks also apply pressure in a gradient manner, from tightest to loosest, bottom to top, they assist immobile customers in maintaining blood flow.

Any compression stocking is available in a variety of pressures, based on the prescription you get from your phlebologist (a medical professional specializing in veins).

Patients Who Benefit from Compression Stockings

  • Athletes.  Certain sports may warrant compression socks.  The coach will discuss the viability of compression stockings prior to any game time.
  • Diabetics.  As diabetics can sometimes suffer from sluggish blood flow, compression socks come in particularly useful in alleviating heaviness, swelling and tiredness in the legs.
  • Pregnant Women.  Varicose veins and general blood flow side effects may occur during pregnancy due to the increase in blood production.  At this time, compression socks may help to keep a permanent vein issue from developing.
  • Non-Ambulatory Professionals.  If your profession keeps you from moving around much, compression socks can keep you from suffering the negative side effects.
  • People Who Suffer from Spider & Varicose Veins.  With mild spider or varicose veins, compression stockings can be enough to reduce or erase the veins' symptoms or appearance.
  • People with Edema.  Edema, or swelling, can be reduced simply by maintaining appropriate circulation.
  • Post-Sclerotherapy Patients.  After sclerotherapy or other vein treatments, your Austin vein specialist may request you wear compression stockings to help your legs function as they regain their abilities.

To discover if you need compression stockings and a get a prescription for the pressure appropriate for your vein condition, call Zimmet Vein & Dermatology today.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Could compression therapy help with varicose veins?
    My husband suffers from varicose veins and because of them he has a chronic wound on his shin. The doctors have told him to wear compression stockings but the last time he wore them they actually made his legs worse. The elastic at the top was too tight and acted as a tourniquet. I was wondering if something with a compression pump might work better for him. He is deathly afraid of needles so all of the current treatments to get rid of the problem veins are not a good option.

    • ANSWER:
      We have compression "boot" machines in the operating room but I don't know if you can get them through a local medical supply company. I would speak to your husband's doctor. If it's a possibility he may prescribe one so that your insurance will pick it up. Compression stockings do come in larger sizes. Maybe you could have some special ordered so that your husband's circulation doesn't get cut off? That defeats the purpose of wearing them. He won't consider having surgery to remove the varicose veins?

  2. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know where to buy compression stockings in the UK?
    I have varicose veins and apparently compression stockings are good for making them disappear or making them look better. I've been trying to find where to buy in England but I can't find any places where they stock them. I would prefer buying them at a store, but if anyone can find some online I wouldn't mind that either. Thankyou!

    • ANSWER:
      Amazon have them here -

      http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.co.uk%2Fs%3Fie%3DUTF8%26ref_%3Dnb%5Fsb%5Fss%5Fi%5F6%5F12%26field-keywords%3Dcompression%2520stockings%26url%3Dsearch-alias%253Daps%26sprefix%3Dcompression%2520&tag=1189&linkCode=ur2&camp=1634&creative=19450

  3. QUESTION:
    What are the best compression stockings / tights for circulation?
    I teach and all the standing is giving me spider/varicose veins. What are the best brand of stockings? Also are the ones designed for runners just as good?

    • ANSWER:
      Some compression hose are only offered by prescription by a doctor. Ask your doctor about it. They are very expensive and possibly covered by health insurance. Surgeons wear them a lot since they are on their feet for long periods of time.

  4. QUESTION:
    varicose veins? please help!!?
    my mom has some serious varicose veins... we are from a foreign country so going to the doctor doesn't really rest well with my mom and she wont go... i want to help her because its very painful for her.... i looked up remedies on the computer but im not sure which ones would be useful or successful... should she take vitamins? or should she put oil treatment straight on the skin where the veins ar? or should she wear compression stockings? anyone whose had varicose veins, please help? or anyone who knows? i really need to help her with this

    • ANSWER:
      They say that crossing your legs can cause that varicose veins, if this is one of the things that caused your mothers varicose veins then I would suggest keeping her from crossing her legs. If crossing legs is a habit of hers that wont be easily broken, you can get her a Crossblocker to keep her from crossing her legs.

  5. QUESTION:
    Is it okay to wear Knee Socks for Varicose Veins as treatment?
    Hi.

    I would Like to ask, cause I have varicose veins, but not really big and obvious.. But I would like it to be treated before it gets worse.

    I read don't wear knee socks for these. but I saw others that you can also wear that instead of compressions stockings. So is it okay? HELP.
    And it's not really tight with me, the knee socks of mine.

    I'm planning on wearing it at night.

    • ANSWER:
      Compression bandages will work better. Knee socks wont really make much of a difference. You could also take Diosmin or Hesperidine and keep your legs elevated whenever you can.