Varicose veins are often unsightly and sometimes even uncomfortable. Fortunately, there is a wide variety of treatment options that vein specialists recommend to minimize and eventually eliminate symptoms related to varicose veins. One of the most common conservative recommendations for swollen, twisted veins in the legs is the use of compression stockings  (also known as support stockings). Regular support pantyhose or knee-high stockings are also viable, less costly alternatives to compression stockings. Many doctors will recommend starting with support hose to deal with mild symptoms. If your doctor recommends compression stockings, here are a few things you should know.

How Do They Work?

Compression stockings help improve blood flow in the legs by preventing blood clots and pooling. They also minimize swelling and reduce pain associated with varicose veins and deep vein thrombosis. It is also believed that they increase oxygen delivery (through improved circulation), decrease the buildup of lactic acid and minimize fatigue in the legs.

How Do They Fit?

Compression stockings fit the tightest at the feet and gradually become looser as they go farther up the leg. They’re designed to be worn all day, particularly when the patient is on their feet for extended periods of time. Although some people who aren’t used to wearing support hose may initially feel uncomfortable with them, most don’t even notice them after an hour or so. Stockings should not sag, bunch up or feel loose.

Compression stockings do wear out over time, so it is best to replace them every three to six months. Wash them with mild soap and water and alternate between two pairs of stockings each day to reduce wear and tear.

Consult with your medical caregiver to ensure that compression stockings will be an effective varicose vein treatment for you. The vein specialists at VeinInnovations are happy to discuss with you a plan of action for dealing with varicose veins. Call, email or stop by our Atlanta or Johns Creek vein clinic to chat with us!

Most insurance companies require the use of compression hose as conservative treatment prior to vein procedures. Please note that the compression hose will not correct your problem, but will simply reduce the symptoms while the hose are being worn. To eliminate your pain and discomfort from varicose veins, seek medical advice from a vein specialist.