Varicose veins are becoming a common condition in the United States. 

About 40 percent of the population suffers from chronic venous insufficiency, a condition that can lead to varicose veins.

Contrary to what many people think, varicose veins are more than just a cosmetic problem. They are a real medical condition.

People with varicose veins do not just have enlarged bluish/purplish veins. Some also experience feelings of heavy sensation on the legs, cramping, and even pain.

These symptoms occur as a result of damage to the veins’ valve, making it harder for blood from the legs to go up to the heart. As a result, the blood pools in the calves and around the ankles.

The Team at Premier Vein Clinic in Knoxville Says Compression Stockings Can Help

If you have conditions like chronic venous insufficiency and varicose veins, you can benefit from using compression stockings.

Compression stockings are not your regular elastic hosiery. They are made of a special type of material that puts pressure on your ankles and legs. This compression helps the vein valves in functioning well, which means they can help your blood flow back to your heart without any problem.

The use of compression stockings is also required by insurance companies before you seek any vein treatment.

In some studies, it shows that wearing compression stockings can benefit you in situations that may aggravate your venous issues. This includes prolonged sitting or standing, being on a long flight or traveling with limited legroom, and pregnancy.

Tips from Premier Vein Clinic for Wearing Compression Stockings

Make the most of compression stockings by wearing them first thing in the morning, before you lower your legs and get out of your bed. 

Putting them on first thing in the morning helps keep the valves in the right position and in turn, promotes good circulation all day long.

If worn properly and regularly, compression stockings can help alleviate the following signs and symptoms:

  • swelling of the legs
  • the feeling of heaviness or achiness in the legs
  • restless legs

When Compression Stockings Are Not Enough

If your varicose veins symptoms are not improving or getting worse even with proper use of compression stockings, it’s time to see a vein specialist who can suggest the treatment that’s right for you.

Premier Surgical Vein Clinic in Knoxville has a team of experienced Vascular Surgeons who are experts in diagnosing and treating the diseases of the arteries and veins.

To request an appointment, you may call us at (865) 588-8229 or go online to