Improving varicose veins can be as simple as some additional support. Some patients benefit from compression therapy and do not need further treatment for their varicose veins. With this type of therapy, the patient wears specially designed socks or stockings that support the veins. These stockings also stimulate blood circulation in the legs.
Compression is graduated, so the greatest amount of support takes place at the ankles and decreases as the stocking extends up the leg. As the calf muscles contract throughout the day, the stocking pushes back against the skin and helps keep blood flowing in a healthy direction.
When to Wear Compression Stockings
Patients typically put on their socks or stockings in the morning, and take them off at night before going to bed. This helps prevent blood from pooling throughout the day while they are on their feet. Circulation improves and leg swelling decreases.
Who Benefits from Compression Therapy
Those with mild varicose veins can benefit greatly from compression therapy and may not need additional treatment. Those with more severe varicose veins can benefit as well. Many insurance providers require that patients try compression therapy before undergoing in-office varicose vein treatments. Schedule your Initial Assessment and Dr. Muasher will tell you which course of action is best for your legs. You may be able to use regular support pantyhose instead of special compression stockings, which require a prescription.
Compression therapy is a typical first step toward treating varicose veins. After some time trying compression socks or stockings, if varicose veins are still problematic, Dr. Muasher will introduce other treatment options.
Determining How Much Support Your Legs Need
Dr. Muasher will prescribe a compression stocking that is appropriate for your needs. There is a variety of different sizes and types, and the right one will fit comfortably. You can be fitted for special compression stockings so that they work as well as possible and fit snugly. All legs vary in length and width, and the right stocking won’t be too tight or restricting.
There is typically an adjustment period when patients begin wearing compression stockings for the first time. If you ever feel that your stocking or socks are too tight, check in with us for guidance.