Choosing Your Compression Stockings

Updated on: August 18, 2014

Individuals in Westlake, Ohio and in other parts of the country have found relief from varicose veins through a variety of means. For many, the first line of treatment is often the use of compression stockings. These do not get rid of varicose veins, but rather treat their symptoms such as pain and heaviness felt in the legs. The only way to get rid of varicose veins is by removing them or destroying them, which may be accomplished with various minimally-invasive procedures. Before insurance may cover these conditions, however, insurance companies may require that patients first try a trial support of compression stockings. Compression stockings may also be useful to reduce the risk of blood clots during a long plane or car ride.

Compression stockings work in a gradient fashion with the greatest pressure at the ankle with less pressure as they go up the leg to milk blood back up the leg and to the heart. This helps to reduce pooling in varicose veins or spider veins, thus alleviating symptoms of these conditions. It is also helpful in keeping the veins from getting worse. The price of compression stockings may vary from $50 to $125 depending on various factors including strength, brand, etc. Prescription strength stockings may be more expensive. The doctor may supply the stockings at the office, or they may be purchased at a medical supply store.

The over-the-counter compression stockings may offer less compression than the prescription stockings, and may not be effective in providing relief. It is important to discuss this with a vein specialist in the Westlake area before choosing any stockings to make sure that the appropriate strength is purchased. It is important that the stockings are tight, but not too tight. Those with arthritis or weak hands may have trouble putting the stockings on in the morning and taking them off at night. However, there are devices available that may make this process easier.

When picking out a pair of compression stockings, patients should choose a pair they are comfortable wearing. In most cases, compression stockings are put on in the morning before getting out of bed, and taken off at night after getting into bed; so they are worn all day long. There are different colors, brands and styles available, but note that name brands may be more expensive. Consider your different options when picking out compression stockings to choose a pair with which you feel comfortable.

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