The aching, cramping, and fatigue varicose veins can cause will slow you down at the busiest time of the year. Especially when the symptoms get worse as your day goes on. Elevating your feet can help but isn’t always practical when you’re busy.
If varicose veins are giving you swollen, painful, achy legs, the Vascular Surgeons of Premier Surgical Vascular and Vein Center in Knoxville stress that compression therapy may help keep you on your feet.
How do compression stockings help varicose veins?
Varicose veins are caused by weakened valves in the veins of your legs that cause blood to back up and pool in the veins. Your body tries to compensate for the extra pressure that causes by widening the veins. Compression therapy involves wearing compression stockings. The stockings will squeeze your legs, giving your veins and muscles additional support. That makes it easier for them to do their job moving your blood back towards your heart – it’s literally an uphill battle!
The pressure from compression stockings won’t cure varicose veins but will improve some symptoms and may keep them from getting worse. Compression stockings may be used alone or with medical treatment for varicose veins.
Sizing can be tricky!
It’s essential to wear the right size compression stocking for your comfort and to ensure you get the most benefit out of them.
Compression stockings come in different styles, strengths, and sizes. Some squeeze harder than others, but they typically apply more pressure near the ankles and feet to promote upward blood flow.
Sizing for compression stockings isn’t like a standard sock or shoe size. Instead, it’s based on leg measurements depending on whether you’re going to wear knee-high or thigh-high stockings. You may need to measure your ankles, calves, length of your lower leg, or length of your thighs.
Taking your leg measurements and choosing the correct size can be tricky. Our expert vein team at Premier Vascular and Vein Center is happy to help! Compression stockings are now available for purchase here in our office on Papermill Drive in Knoxville. Prices start at $38 and we offer three different styles to choose from.
Is compression therapy right for me?
The only way to know for sure if compression therapy is the right choice for you is to talk to one of the Board Certified Vascular Physicians at Premier Surgical Vascular and Vein Center. We will assess your unique needs and discuss your options. To schedule an appointment, call our office at (865) 588-8229 or Book Online.