A Fashionable, Effective Solution to Venous Conditions: Compression Stockings

Updated on: August 18, 2014

The first treatment often prescribed to patients suffering from venous diseases such as varicose veins is compression stockings. Patients in Prescott, Arizona may have questions regarding the benefits that these may bring and when and how they should be worn. In fact, compression stockings may be used on their own before other treatments are performed, or they may be used in conjunction with other treatments, or following other treatments.

Patients having trouble with venous diseases such as varicose veins are encouraged to consult with their physician regarding their condition. The physician may recommend any number of treatments, but depending on the specific condition, compression stockings may be used as the primary option before other treatments are performed. Compression stockings may help patients move blood more efficiently through their legs and may be successful in alleviating certain symptoms brought on by venous disease.

The reason that compression stockings may be the first approach taken by some physicians in treating varicose veins is because they are relatively inexpensive when compared with other treatments. The stockings are meant to reduce the pooling that is often present in varicose veins or spider veins, therefore relieving certain symptoms. These stockings will not eliminate the presence of varicose veins, but the swelling, aching and/or heaviness caused by varicose veins may be alleviated. Compression stockings may also be useful in avoiding blood clots that may be triggered by plane rides or long car rides.

The compression stockings apply the most pressure around the ankle, while applying less pressure as they go up the leg. This is meant to assist in moving the blood back up the leg towards the heart. There are various strengths and the vein specialist who prescribes them will help determine which strength is right for the patient. Discussing this with a physician may be helpful in further understanding the treatment and the condition.

Compression stockings are to be worn all day. Patients may want to consider this while shopping for compression stockings before choosing a pair. Patients who select a pair of compression stockings they are comfortable wearing may find wearing them all day to be less of a problem. Different colors and styles are often available, so patients may want to consider a few options before making a decision. There are different brands available, with name brands often costing more than others. Compression stockings may vary in price. The price may range from $50 to $125.

While compression stockings are meant to be tight, they should not be too tight. Sometimes, patients with weak hands or arthritis may have difficulty putting them on. Certain products are available that may make dressing easier. Speaking to a vein specialist in Prescott is usually the best way to obtain more information about compression stockings and the variety of strengths, brands or styles available. Patients with questions regarding other treatment options are also encouraged to speak to a medical professional specializing in vein care for more information.

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