The care options available to varicose vein sufferers are far wider than they were for our parents or grandparents. In many circumstances, however, compression therapy remains an important part of varicose vein care. If you suffer from varicose veins, you may have heard a variety of myths about the use of compression therapy. Here are some myths long overdue to be dispelled!

Myth One: Compression therapy is for women

Varicose veins are a truly non-discriminatory affliction, especially when it comes to gender. Yet, to this day, varicose vein treatments and compression wear seem geared primarily to female patients, perhaps because clothing styles for women typically display women’s legs more than most men’s clothing styles show the legs of men. For men suffering the symptoms of varicose veins, compression therapy can and does work just as well as it does for female patients. And there are many styles – including compression sportswear and men’s fashion compression wear, that are as attractive as they are functional.

Myth Two: Compression therapy is dangerous.

When fitted and worn properly, compression therapy is not only safe to use, it can also be highly effective in helping to reduce varicose vein size, improve venous blood circulation, reduce edema, and increase overall comfort. Care should be taken to insure that stockings are properly fitted and worn correctly.compression stockings

Myth Three: Support stockings qualify as compression therapy.

While support stockings can offer some relief, compression therapy stockings are able to provide graduated compression that exerts firmer pressure at the ankle and reduces pressure as it moves up the leg. This type of compression wear requires a prescription.

Myth Four: Compression therapy can eliminate varicose veins.

Varicose veins occur for a variety of reasons, including genetics and lifestyle, and compression therapy alone will not eliminate them. What proper compression therapy can do, however, is help the patient feel more comfortable by reducing many of the symptoms that are part of dealing with varicose veins, such as leg fatigue, swelling, and poor circulation, while they are wearing the hose. When the hose are removed, the same symptoms will persist. If your varicose veins are large or painful, using compression therapy may help, but you may need to seek advanced, more invasive treatments as the condition progresses.

In Grandmother’s day, compression stockings were often ugly and extremely uncomfortable to wear. Today’ compression therapy options, however, are lightweight, attractive, and comfortable to wear, even in hot climates. Some styles even come with open toes, to make it easy to wear them with sandals.

If you are suffering from leg pain, discomfort, or just want to stop or slow the progression of varicose veins, compression therapy, as well as other options, can safely and effectively reduce your symptoms and improve both your appearance and your quality of life.

For more information about this and other vein care procedures, contact us today.