When you first see signs of varicose veins, one of the initial treatments a doctor might recommend is compression hose.
These special socks or stockings promote blood flow from the foot up through the leg. They are tighter around your foot and ankle, where blood is most likely to pool, and assist your muscles and veins in pushing blood back up toward your heart.
Compression hose aren’t for a few spider veins around your ankles. Consider them when you feel achiness in your lower leg or see evidence that a larger vein is discolored or starting to bulge.
Of course, you should always talk to a doctor about a health issue like varicose veins to confirm what you are seeing and make sure you are following the best practices to treat the problem.
Compression hose range from calf-length to pantyhose-size, depending on where in your leg your varicose veins are showing and how advanced they are. Stockings might slow the progress of your varicose veins and they will make your legs feel better, but they won’t cure the disease. They also eventually lose their elasticity and have to be replaced from time to time.
There are three types of compression stockings. Support pantyhose offer the least amount of pressure. Over-the-counter compression stockings, sold in pharmacies, provide a little more pressure than support pantyhose. And a doctor can prescribe stockings that offer the most pressure and need to be fitted to ensure they serve your specific needs.
You might feel uncomfortable in these tight-fitting hose until you get used to them – they should be snug but comfortable. They are best put on when your legs are not working hard to pump blood up to your heart, so after you take your morning shower, you should go back to bed for a few minutes to elevate your legs. Put the leggings on while you are lying down and go out to take on the day.
Happily, many companies make compression hose and they offer colorful and stylish designs.
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