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Why Do Vein Doctors Recommend Compression Stockings?

Why Do Vein Doctors Recommend Compression Stockings?

Posted on June 25, 2013 by Dr. Stephen Rivard

Properly fitted gradient compression stockings are one of the most commonly recommended measures to temporarily reducing the effects of vein disease.  Compression stockings have been shown to minimize the discomfort of varicose veins, as well as the discomfort resulting from skin damage.

The proper type of stockings a patient should use for more precise therapy are called 'Gradient Compression 
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Stockings'. These stockings apply a measured amount of compression to your leg according to the way the blood flows through the body. Meaning, the gradient compression from the stockings will apply the most pressure at the bottom or foot and ankle then reduce the amount of pressure up the length of the leg. The design of gradient compression stockings applying specific pressure in this manner helps assist the blood in your veins flow back toward the heart even if the vein valves in the leg have been damaged or broken, by compressing the limb of the leg as the muscle would do, and exerting pressure accordingly. Ultimately, the stockings help prevent the symptoms associated with vein disease, by reducing the size or diameter of the varicose veins, and increasing the blood flow velocity and vein valve effectiveness.

Graduated compression stockings are most effective in preventing edema or swelling, as well as reducing the risk of venous stasis (leg ulcers), phlebitis, and deep vein thrombosis. However, wearing compression stockings have many other benefits are well. For example, wearing them during pregnancy prevents blood from pooling in the veins and reduces the increase of an elevated heart rate in both mother and child. Additionally, traveling for long periods of time can often decreases the circulation of blood flow in the legs causing swelling. Compression therapy alleviates many common symptoms such as swollen feet and ankles, or tired and achy legs, all common symptoms associated with vein disease.  

In addition, many insurance companies require patients to wear compression stockings for a trial period of 6 weeks to 3 months before approving definitive therapy for varicose or spider veins.

Compression stockings or support hose are offered in many ready-to-wear colors and sizes suitable for both men and women depending on your tastes and activities. Compression stockings also come in various levels of medical compression. Thus, it is important to have your doctor choose the right level of compression in order to ensure that the condition of your varicose veins are managed effectively.

 

Seeking Relief from a Board Certified Phlebologist.

At Illinois Vein Specialists, we care just as much about the medicine and the specialized practice of Phlebology as we do our patients. We focus only on treating varicose and spider veins and successfully treated patients from many towns including Buffalo Grove, Cary, Elgin, Algonquin, Palatine, Vernon Hills, Crystal Lake, Lake Zurich, Fox River Grove, Mundelein, Grayslake, Wauconda, Hoffman Estates, Chicago, and all areas of Barrington, Illinois. We understand that when you choose a doctor you want to go to someone you know, like and trust, and honestly so do we. We know that patients come to us most often from satisfied patient referrals, but we encourage you to do your own research and ask around. In the end no matter where you live or who you decide to have treat your varicose or spider veins find someone who focuses only on diagnosing and treating varicose and spider veins -- find a Board Certified Phlebologist. 

 

OUR PHILOSOPHY. FIND A BOARD CERTIFIED VENOUS AND LYMPHATIC DOCTOR.

At Illinois Vein Specialists, we understand that seeking proper care is just as important to you as it is for us.  That is why we focus only on treating varicose and spider veins and provide the most advanced and effective treatments available today.  We treat patients from Buffalo Grove, Cary, Elgin, Algonquin, Palatine, Vernon Hills, Crystal Lake, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Fox River Grove, Mundelein, Grayslake, Wauconda, Glenview, Northbrook, Chicago, and all areas of Barrington, Illinois. 

We understand that when you choose a doctor you want to go to someone you know, like and trust, and honestly so do we. We know that patients come to us most often from satisfied patient referrals, but we encourage you to do your own homework and ask around. In the end no matter where you live or who you decide to have treat your varicose or spider veins find someone who focuses only on diagnosing and treating varicose and spider veins -- find a Board Certified Venous and Lymphatic Doctor.

 

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