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For many patients that suffer from varicose veins, these dilated vessels are mainly a cosmetic concern, but some may experience throbbing, aching, and leg heaviness. In either case, compression socks can help alleviate symptoms and prevent them from worsening.
Varicose veins are enlarged veins that are visible beneath the surface of the skin, and are caused by a backflow and pooling of blood in the legs and lower extremities.
Keep reading for everything you need to know about compression socks for varicose veins, including how they work and the different kinds.
How Do Compression Socks for Varicose Veins Work?
Compression socks are often the first line of treatment for varicose veins. They apply consistent pressure on the legs and lower extremities to increase circulation and efficiently propel blood up to the heart.
While researchers have found compression socks to be effective in reducing aches, pains, and swelling, they cannot completely eliminate varicose veins.
That being said, an energy-based treatment or surgery may produce the best outcomes.
Are There Different Types of Compression Socks for Varicose Veins?
There are three kinds of these socks for varicose veins, each offering a different degree of pressure. Determining which option is best for you depends on the number, type, and cause of your varicose veins.
Support pantyhose are the least tight and may be most appropriate for smaller and localized varicose veins.
Compression socks and stockings that can be purchased online, drugstores, and pharmacies are another choice, and they are available in a range of pressures.
Prescription compression stockings for varicose veins have the most support and are customized to each patient for the ideal amount of pressure.
When Should You Wear Compression Socks?
Most patients wear them for varicose veins during the day, as this is the time when they will be standing or sitting and need support.
Nevertheless, some individuals may be advised to use their socks at night.
If you have varicose veins, please contact our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Kumar.