Choose a Good Pair of Compression Stockings

Updated on: August 18, 2014

In a lot of cases, compression stockings are the first treatment recommended by vein specialists in Fairfax, Virginia and other parts of the country when helping an individual suffering from varicose veins find relief. Compression stockings will not get rid of varicose veins, but they're often a very good way to alleviate some of the symptoms associated with this venous condition. Many feel pain and heaviness in the legs as a result of varicose veins, while some also feel self-conscious of the appearance of the veins. Compression stockings may help to relieve these symptoms.

The first line of defense against varicose veins may differ depending on the circumstances, but for many it's compression stockings. These are rather simple and inexpensive compared to many of the minimally-invasive treatments available to help treat varicose veins. They are intended to help sufferers of varicose veins reduce pooling that is present with varicose veins. Pressure is applied to the leg in a gradient fashion. Pressure is highest around the ankle and is reduced as it works its way up the leg. This helps to 'milk' blood back up the leg and to the heart.

There are different strengths of compression stockings available and patients should discuss this with a Fairfax vein specialist to help them figure out which is appropriate for their situation. Prescription strength stockings are available and may be obtained through prescription at the doctor's office itself, or at a medical supply store. Over-the-counter options are also available, although these may not provide the same level of compression as the prescription strength version, and therefore may not provide the same level of effectiveness and relief from the symptoms of varicose veins. The stockings should be strong, but not too tight. Those with weak hands may have trouble putting the stockings on, although there are devices available to make it easier.

There are different brands of compression stockings available and there are different styles and colors as well. Make sure that you pick a style and color you feel comfortable wearing every day, as compression stockings are usually worn all day and taken off after getting into bed at night—and then put back on before getting out of bed in the morning. Remember that you may pay more for a name-brand, so keep this in mind while shopping around for a pair of compression stockings that you like.

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