Varicose veins in the legs develop when the veins become weak and are not able to push the blood against gravity and back to the heart. The veins gradually stretch out of shape, twist, and become like reddish-blue ropes beneath the skin. Compression therapy is one treatment for varicose veins that puts pressure on the veins to help keep the blood moving in the right direction.
What Is Compression Therapy?
Compression therapy uses special stockings or socks that are designed to maintain circulation in the legs by supporting the veins. The stockings are usually put on when you get out of bed and taken off when you go to bed at night. Compression socks and stockings may prevent the blood from pooling in the veins and reduce any swelling that may develop over the day.
There are different types of compression therapy that treat different symptoms. For example, if you have already developed ulcers on your varicose veins, there is special compression therapy to treat that.
How the Stockings Work
Compression stockings and socks provide graduated pressure with the most intense pressure at the ankles. The pressure gradually reduces with the least pressure at the top of the stocking. This type of graduated pressure works together with the leg muscles that also help push the blood back to the heart. This forces the veins to work correctly, which can help relieve symptoms of varicose veins and other vein issues.
How to Get the Right Compression Stockings
You can buy certain kinds of compression stockings over-the-counter, but you can’t be sure they are doing the job you need unless you talk to a vein specialist. When you meet our vein doctor, your veins will be examined. We may also use an ultrasound technique to determine the exact extent of your venous insufficiency. If compression therapy is your best option, our specialist will prescribe the right type of stockings or socks to give you the most comfort and support.
Since all legs vary in length and circumference, your legs will be measured to ensure that you get the best fit for compression therapy. At Pacific Vein Care, we will give you information on the benefits of compression therapy and instructions on how to put on the stockings or socks so they provide maximum benefit. We are conveniently located in McHenry, IL. Contact us today to schedule your consultation to find out if compression stockings can benefit you!