With varicose veins, the blood vessels are swollen and twisted as a result of weak vein walls and valves. Both cause the blood to back up or pool in the vein, causing the vessels to swell, bulge, and twist.
Aside from the obvious swelling or bulging of the veins, varicose veins can also cause itching, ‘heavy’ legs (muscles in the legs may feel heavy or slugging especially after a physical activity), pain, and skin discoloration.
Compression Treatment for Varicose Veins
Compression stockings or socks are not your typical hosiery. They are a special kind of elastic hosiery created to promote healthy blood circulation.
How do compression stockings treat varicose veins?
By wearing compression stockings, pressure is applied to the arteries and veins, which helps the weakened valves function properly and gets the blood flowing back to the heart with no obstructions. Healthy blood flow from compression stockings can help in relieving symptoms like pain and swelling.
How do you properly use compression stockings?
The efficacy of compression stockings rely heavily on how you use them and how frequently.
It is recommended that you put them on first thing in the morning, even before you lower your legs and get out of bed. Putting them on while you’re in a horizontal position ensures that the valves are in the right position for keeping the blood flow in the right direction.
When used properly, compression stockings can help relieve some of the following varicose vein symptoms:
• Heavy legs
• Leg pain or discomfort
• Night cramps
Compression stockings should be removed before you go to bed.
Compression Stockings at Premier Surgical Vascular & Vein Center
Premier Surgical Vascular and Vein Center in Knoxville, TN now has medical grade Compression Stockings available for purchase in the office on Papermill Drive. You can choose from three different styles and colors. Prices for our compression stockings start at $38.
If you need a specialist to assess your vein issues, we can help! Request a FREE vein screening by calling our office at (865) 588-8229 or visit this link.