When was the last time you felt confident to flaunt your legs for everyone to see?
For those who are plagued with varicose veins, chances are it already feels like forever. In order to treat the problem you may have to undergo treatments such as Transdermal Laser Treatment, Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy, and Endovenous Laser Treatment . These are some of the treatments used by the medical industry to get rid of those abnormal veins. But did you know there’s a simple way to improve circulation in your legs and it has been known to assist in keeping these venous problems at bay? Let’s look at how support stockings for varicose veins can help.
What are Support Stockings?
Support stockings are also known as known as compression stockings. These garments are used to improve circulation to an area by applying pressure. This pressure creates a conducive situation where blood flow effectively runs back to the heart. Compression garments can be a commonly prescribed reinforcement to many other treatments such as surgery, burns, swelling or lymphoedema. These stockings are also an important part of varicose vein treatment.
Do They Really Work?
While they have their limitations, there are various studies that show wearing support stockings do provide results. Here are a few examples of research in the area.
A 2004 study revealed that evening swelling has been either reduced or prevented by wearing calf-length support stockings. This has led to the recommendation that those who stand or sit for long periods of time wear them.
A 2017 study showed that pregnancy-induced swelling of the legs is controlled by wearing stockings for at least 6 months.
As per a 2018 study, wearing support stockings for a week can reduce varicose vein-related discomfort, and is more effective than wearing normal stockings.
Choosing the Right Support Stocking For You
Not all support stockings are built the same. They are designed differently to address varying needs. There are generally four levels of compression, which include the following:
This type of support is meant for cases where you’re experiencing mild chronic venous insufficiency. This compression level provides a lighter feeling on your legs by promoting healthy blood circulation.
For those who are already plagued by spider or varicose vein symptoms, support stockings with moderate compression are often prescribed.
Firm and Extra Firm Compression
These are the highest levels of compression, and are usually advised for those with serious cases of venous problems, such as leg ulcers and deep vein thrombosis.
Of course, a vein specialist has to provide you with sound advice on which would be best so please call our surgery to discuss this with our doctor. VeinCare can thoroughly evaluate your individual case and present options. Reach out to us and we’ll do our best to assist you.