When are Compression Stockings Used?
While non-invasive procedures, such as VenaSeal and ClosureFast, lasers, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomy are the most common types of treatment sought by patients who suffer from vein disease, there is one more option – compression stockings.
Compression socks are an alternative treatment option for a variety of vein patients who suffer from certain types of vein disease. Understanding more about compressions socks and when they are used can help you determine if you might be a good candidate for this type of treatment.
What are Compression Stockings?
Compression socks are specially designed legwear that is uniquely made to help prevent various symptoms associated with a variety of vein disorders. Specifically, the compression socks can help increase blood flow to the legs and feet, provide potential relief from certain types of leg symptoms such as aches, pains, and a restless feeling, and dramatically decrease the risk of developing a blood clot.
How Do Compression Socks Work?
Compression socks work by applying constant pressure to your legs. This constant pressure helps to increase blood flow and prevent blood from pooling in your legs. Decreased blood flow and blood pooling are two of the main causes of varicose veins, spider veins, and blood clots.
Who Could Benefit from Compression Socks?
Compression socks can help people who suffer from:
- Restless leg syndrome
- Varicose or spider veins
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Blood clots
- Tired, achy, or fatigued legs
When it comes to varicose veins or spider veins, compression socks are typically not used as the main form of treatment. Patients are often given compression socks after they have undergone other forms of treatment for varicose and spider veins.
However, in cases where the varicose veins or spider veins are extremely superficial, compression socks may be able to reduce their appearance without needing to undergo other treatment, but there is no guarantee that this will happen.
Thigh high compression stockings are used to prevent blood clots that may lead to deep vein thrombosis. The longer length of the socks helps increase blood flow to the lower leg, which is where the majority of blood clots start to form.
Using Compression Socks from a Store vs. Getting Them from a Vein Doctor
Some stores sell compression socks that you can purchase directly from a store without consulting a doctor and be getting a prescription. While it might seem like a time-saving measure to just purchase the socks from the store, it is best that you seek the help of an experienced vein doctor.
A vein doctor has gone through unique training that helps him or her determine the right compression socks for your unique situation. There are various types of compression socks and finding the right one for you may help you see relief from painful, aching varicose veins.
If you are considering looking into compression socks, the Desert Vein Institute can help. Our Las Vegas vein treatment center has experienced vein experts that can help you find the right fit and style of compression socks. Call our offices today to schedule an appointment to learn more about our vein treatment services.