Compression stockings are a non-invasive method for treating and managing venous disorders. They are often the first course of action vein specialists recommend, due to their effectiveness in reducing symptoms and warding off disease progression. While compression stockings do not “cure” vein disorders, they can be useful to prevent conditions from worsening or to aid in the recovery process after other vein procedures.
How do Compression Stockings Work?
Compression stockings enhance blood flow in the legs, making it easier for veins to work against gravity to pump blood back to the heart. The stockings offer more support around the foot and ankle, gradually loosening as they move up the leg. Offering a wide range of sizes and strengths, prescription-grade compression stockings can be customized to the unique needs of the individual patient.
There are a number of possible reasons why your physician may recommend compression stockings:
- Improve blood flow for vein conditions or after surgical procedures
- Prevent blood from pooling in the legs, which can lead to varicose veins
- Prevent blood clots from forming in the deep veins of the legs
- Relieve symptoms of vein conditions, including aching, heaviness and swelling
- Promote recovery of vascular system after vein treatment
Choices in Compression Stockings
The strength of compression stockings is measured in compression level, with 15-30 mmHg considered a lower compression level and 50-60 mmHg a higher level. The strength you need depends on the specific vein disorder you have. For example, individuals with smaller spider or varicose veins may need a compression level of around 20 or 30 mmHg, while a person with advanced varicose veins or venous ulcers may need a much higher strength.
How to Use Them
Compression stockings are usually put on in the morning before you get out of bed and are removed when you go to bed at night. They can also be removed when the legs are elevated for a period of time. The stockings can be difficult to put on, so special tools like rubber gloves or a stocking butler may be helpful in completing this task.
Compression stockings are available over the Internet without a physician’s prescription, but these stockings may not offer the same quality or support as medical grade stockings. It is best to get a prescription from a vein specialist who will select the best strength and fit for your specific needs. To learn more about the benefits of compression stockings, contact Incredible Veins, Skin and Body at 818-423-5828 today.