Have you ever wondered How Compression Stockings Should Be Used, and How They Shouldn’t? There is a certain way to use these garments to get the best out of them. Compression stockings are a common component of varicose vein treatments, however their role in helping support vein health is sometimes misunderstood. Here is a closer look at how compression stockings should (and shouldn’t) be used in maintaining optimal vein health.
What Are Compression Stockings?
Compression stockings are used to encourage proper blood flow in the feet and legs. They fit tightly around the feet and ankles, with snug fit gradually diminishing higher up the leg. Compression stockings are designed to help support veins in the lower legs and assist them in returning blood to the heart.You can read our compression stocking FAQ for more information.
How Do Vein Specialists Use Compression Stockings?
Compression stockings are most often prescribed to support other forms of varicose vein treatment, or to promote recovery and healing. They can be very effective in alleviating symptoms of varicose veins and preventing the problem from getting any worse.
How Should Compression Stockings NOT Be Used?
A problem occurs when patients use compression stockings as the solution to their varicose vein problems, rather than simply as a tool to support effective treatment. Compression stockings are not going to eliminate varicose veins and, by themselves, may not even significantly reduce symptoms or alleviate increased pain and discomfort.
Even more worrying, using compression stockings in place of effective varicose vein treatment could have a detrimental effect: by believing the problem is solved (or on the road to recovery), varicose veins could actually become worse and more serious problems could develop.
Compression stockings can absolutely be a component of effective varicose vein treatment and recovery. If you suspect you have a problem with varicose veins, don’t self-diagnose or attempt to solve the issue on your own. Vein Care is Melbourne’s specialist varicose vein treatment provider, our doctors and staff can advise you of your treatment options and solutions available. Treatment is fast, relatively painless and does not require significant recovery time – contact us to schedule a consultation.