Compression Stockings: A Key Treatment For Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are just a cosmetic problem for some victims, but others have annoying symptoms such as throbbing pain or itching.  Fortunately, physicians have a variety of treatments available to help patients suffering from this disorder. One key option is to have the patient wear compression stockings or socks. This article examines some of the most important facts surrounding this important therapy. 

How They Work

Compression stockings fit snug around your legs. This snugness helps your body move blood through your legs more effectively. The stockings prevent the loss of fluid from your veins, which reduces the chances of swelling in your legs. They also decrease the chances that you will develop new varicose veins.  

Different Compression Levels 

Compression socks come in different types. One important classification is the compression level. This is measured in millimeters of mercury, denoted by the symbol "mmHG." For example, compression socks with a compression level of 15-20 mmHG are recommended for relatively mild cases of varicose veins, while someone with a severe case might needs socks with a compression level of 40-50 mmHG. 

Different Lengths 

Compression stockings come in two primary lengths. The smaller size goes up to just below the knee, while the larger size goes all the up to the thigh. The best one for you depends on several factors, such as whether your varicose veins are all located below the knee or extend above the knee. Consult with your physician about which length is best in your case. 

Putting Them On 

Putting on your compression stocking can sometimes be difficult. The swelling caused by varicose veins can make the process a bit tricky. Always put on your socks the first thing in the morning, when the swelling is at its lowest level of the day. If you are having particular difficulty getting them on due to arthritis or some other problem, consider purchasing a stocking butler. This device lets varicose vein victims put on compression stocking without another person's assistance. 

Washing the Stockings 

Your compression stockings should be washed daily because the washing and drying process keeps them from losing compression. It's a good idea to buy at least two pair of stockings so that you can wash and dry one while wearing the other. 

Wearing compression stockings daily is a great way to keep your varicose vein symptoms under control. Consult with your health care provider for more information about this helpful treatment. To learn more about treatment, visit