Compression Stockings – Are They Right For You?

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Wondering if compression stockings/socks might help your legs feel better?

While medical-surgical treatments are often recommended for varicose veins and other venous disorders, there are a few at-home things that can be tried by the patient and integrated into their daily routines that can help alleviate symptoms greatly improving the comfort level. Vascular specialists often recommend compression stockings. These are specially designed type of hosiery specifically created to help prevent the occurrence of or progression of various venous disease issues, such as varicose veins, venous insufficiency, and deep vein thrombosis.

Compression stockings use stronger elastics than any other type of stocking including athletic performance socks, to create pressure at certain points throughout the legs, including the knees, ankles, and feet. The elasticity is tightest around the ankle, they become gradually less restrictive going upwards until reaching the thighs. These place pressure on the leg veins and increase the blood flow velocity as well as the effectiveness of the weakened valves.

Compression stockings work by compressing the muscles, veins, and arteries on the surface, forcing the blood that is being circulated to fit through smaller channels than it is used to, resulting in an increase in arterial pressure and more blood being returned to the heart and less blood flowing backward and pooling towards the feet.

Compression stockings are recommended for the following conditions and symptoms:

  • Varicose veins
  • Spider veins
  • Tired legs
  • Achy legs
  • Edema and/or swelling
  • Chronic venous insufficiency
  • Lymphedema
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Pregnancy
  • Phlebitis
  • Economy Class Syndrome (ECS)
  • Lipodermatosclerosis

Compression stockings are available in different styles that can be worn under clothing or on their own.
There are two main categories:
1. Gradient stockings – gradient stockings are designed to remedy impaired valve performance and faulty leg vein valves, they are typically recommended for ambulatory patients that are prone to blood clots, edema, and blood pooling in the lower extremities.

2. Anti-embolism stockings – Anti-embolism stockings on the other hand sometimes referred to as thromboembolism-deterrent hose, are designed to support the venous and lymphatic drainage of the leg.

Both types allow the ideal amounts of compression to be applied throughout the legs, and, because most compression stockings are now made to be indistinguishable from traditional dress stockings, no one ever has to know!

Compression stockings are currently available over-the-counter at many grocery and drugstores, so speak with Dr. Zuzga at West Florida Vein Center today to discuss whether compression stockings are right for you. Give the office a call at (727) 712-3233. We look forward to speaking with you.

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