How Do Compression Socks Help with Varicose Veins?

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How Do Compression Socks Help with Varicose Veins?

You often hear that compression socks and varicose veins go hand in hand. But why? What are varicose veins? How do compression socks help? And if they do, do they really work? How do we use them? Where can we buy good quality compression socks? Find out the benefits of compressions socks for varicose veins.

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are swollen, enlarged, or twisted veins that appear blue or purple in color. You may or may not feel pain, but when you do, you may also experience cramps, swollen ankles, or heaviness in your legs. When the valves in your veins malfunction, the blood flow from your legs back towards the heart becomes difficult since the flow is against gravity. Blood then pools in the veins, causing them to stretch or twist. This results in the occurrence of varicose veins.

Who can get varicose veins?

Varicose veins are common. They can occur in both men and women of any age. However, the risk of developing them increases with age, weight, and a person’s nature of work. Prolonged sitting or standing and pregnancy may disrupt proper blood flow.  Reports show that about half of the U.S. population over 50 has varicose veins.

How are varicose veins treated?

Varicose veins are typically not painful. You may do simple self-care to relieve varicose veins such as leg elevation, regular exercise, healthy eating to avoid gaining weight, and regular wearing of compression socks/stockings. However, if the pain worsens or if your legs get swollen, it’s time to seek medical advice. Minimally invasive treatments like sclerotherapy (injection of chemicals to close the veins) and lasers (shrink the veins to seal them off) are available. Varicose vein surgery is another option for permanent varicose vein removal.  If you’re looking for these alternative options, you may want to visit a vascular surgeon who is more in tune with procedures that will work best for you.

Compression socks for varicose veins

Compressions socks or compression stockings support healthy blood circulation. The pressure that these socks produce on the ankles, legs, and thighs compresses the veins to help the vein valves function properly. Unlike injections or surgeries, using compression socks doesn’t come with possible serious adverse reactions, nor will it require hospital stays.

Compression socks are best worn after waking up. To put them on, turn the socks inside out and, using the gloves that come with them, put the toe-cap on your toes and pull the socks up. The gloves will help give you a better grip on the socks. To remove them, simply peel them off as you would a banana.

Where to get quality compression socks for varicose veins

The Compounding Center in Leesburg, Virginia offers 15-20mmHg, 20-30mmHg, and 30-40mmHg medical-grade compression socks. They come in knee-high, thigh-high, and waist-high lengths. Our knowledgeable staff can help fit you with the most suitable compression socks. We’ll be happy to review how compression socks will help you address the issues of your varicose veins.


Call The Compounding Center today.