Ever often, the doctors suggest you use compression stockings when you are suffering from varicose veins and they come handy to reduce pain. But are they the real savior to ‘cure’ varicose veins? Most of us confused with the use of these weird-looking ‘sports band’ kinds of looking accessories.
So, let’s find out some known facts about compression stockings in varicose veins treatment…
There are various types of varicose veins treatments and compression stockings come handy in both before doing the surgery and after completing the surgery…
Sometimes, when varicose veins or spider veins are not that serious, they can be controlled with such stockings in prolonged usage.
Compression stockings are helpful in reducing the symptoms of such damaged veins as they improve blood circulation and offer you comfort.
What are the common Varicose Veins symptoms which are curable with compression stockings?
Heavy legs, swollen ankles are the common symptoms of the varicose veins & spider veins. Other than these, there would be prolonged pain and cramps at night in the leg where varicose veins are present.
Why you should use compression stockings?
Varicose veins are caused due to the abnormality in the valves inside the veins. With the use of these stockings, pressure is created on the ankles & legs and valves the function normally allowing them to pass the blood smoothly back to your heart from these veins in legs.
What are compression stockings?
We read about the usage of compression stockings and how they help you in reducing the pain caused by varicose veins, now let’s see what are these stockings made of and how important they are…
Compression stockings are nothing but specially crafted elastic bands that put pressure on your legs and apparently the veins and arteries, making valves to work again normally and help you reduce the pain involved with the varicose veins and spider veins.
How can you use Compression Stockings?
To get the best results from the compression stockings as varicose veins prevention, it is recommended to use them in the morning, before you step out of the bed and put your legs down.
Sleeping in a horizontal position will help the valves inside the veins to function properly and more effectively than when standing or sitting down. Continuously standing, sitting down will help gravity to work more effectively and damaging the blood-flow that’s why if you are having a varicose veins problem, you will feel more relaxed in the morning and more pain in the evening time.
Using compression stockings first thing in the morning will help your valves function properly throughout the day and they will support the healthy functioning of the legs and veins.
If you’re already experiencing any kind of vein-related condition, it will help you get rid of symptoms like…
- Swollen ankles
- Heavy or aching legs
- Fatigue and pain
- Restless legs
- Night cramps
How to choose the right compression stockings for you?
Choosing the right size and compression level is always good for varicose veins prevention. While choosing the compression stockings, you must feel comfortable and cozy wearing those. With a wrong-sized compression stocking, you may worsen the symptoms and may develop other complex things.
To make sure you choose the right size, take measurements of your leg by:
- Measure your legs in the morning before you get out of the bed.
- For knee-high socks, start with the narrowest part of your ankles and the broadest part of the calves. Then, sit up straight, place your feet on the ground and form a 90-degree angle by bending your knee and then measure from the bent knee to toe.
- For thigh-high stockings, do the same steps as knee-high socks, but just stand and continue to measure from toe to thigh part beneath the buttocks. Now, measure the space between your buttocks and the toe.
Taking these measurements can typically be tricky, so don’t be afraid to ask for help or visit your doctor when in doubt.
How to take care of your compression stockings?
Taking care of your compression stockings is as important as it is easy. Here are a few tips to take care of your compression stockings while using to make sure they give you all the benefits all the time…
- Use cold or delicate temperature water.
- Hand-wash your stockings rather than using a washing machine.
- Don’t use fabric chemicals — only soap or gentle detergent.
- Never use any appliance. Hang your stockings to dry instead.
- Compression socks and stockings may not always prevent varicose veins from developing. However, they’ll perform as a great support mechanism for healthy blood flow and keep bothersome symptoms at bay, especially when worn on a long-term basis.
To get the best benefits out of your compression stockings, always consult your doctor or varicose veins specialist.