Compression Stockings: Versatile Varicose Vein Treatment

Updated on: August 18, 2014

Varicose veins are a problematic condition for a lot of individuals in Wilton, Connecticut as well as other parts of the country, and finding a solution to their symptoms is often a top priority. Varicose veins are the result of inefficiencies in the valves inside of the veins. When the valves, which are supposed to prevent blood from flowing backwards, do not operate correctly, blood may pool in the veins. This leads to the unsightly bulging and the bluish or purplish appearance of the veins. Compression stockings are a common first-line defense against the symptoms of varicose veins.

Compression stockings are tight-fitting and are worn on the legs to encourage blood to flow back towards the heart. They are tightest around the ankle and a tad looser as they get up the calf muscles towards the knees. This essentially 'milks' the blood back up the leg so it does not pool in veins whose valves are not working efficiently. These stockings may help reduce symptoms of varicose veins such as the pain and discomfort that many experience. However, they will not get rid of the varicose veins. The only way to do that is to destroy or remove the problem veins.

Some insurance companies require patients go through a period of wearing compression stockings to determine how effective they are in reducing symptoms. If problems persist, they may undergo certain treatments. Some doctors also recommend compression stockings before undergoing varicose vein procedures designed to remove or destroy them. If compression stockings are ineffective or if the patient desires to get rid of the problem veins, other methods may be used. Following certain procedures, doctors may recommend using compression stockings to aid in the healing process. They promote healthy blood flow, and may be effective in helping restore healthy circulation to the area in the days or weeks following the procedure.  

Compression stockings come in various strengths, and which is right for you may depend on your condition. A Wilton vein specialist will go over this with you in greater detail so you choose a stocking that works best for you. They are available over-the-counter in some cases, although these may not provide the same level of compression as prescription stockings. They also come in various designs, so be sure to pick one that you are comfortable wearing, although some choose to hide them under pants or long dresses.

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