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The Long-Standing Benefits of Compression Stockings

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The Long-Standing Benefits of Compression Stockings

Posted on October 10, 2018 by Chris Jett

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As a nursing student in the late 70’s, one of the things we were taught was because we would be standing for such long hours we needed to elevate our legs and then put on our nursing stockings. They were thick, compression stockings, and took some time to pull them on. But after a long day of walking around, helping patients up and down from their beds, walking them in the halls and making sure all 18 of them had everything they needed when I returned home and took my stockings off the feeling of blood flooding my legs was interesting. 

They immediately felt heavier and while as a 20 year old I never really paid attention to why I should wear support hose, I knew every time I felt that flow that I was doing something right for my legs and my body. That heaviness I could only feel because I had healthy veins and ‘supported’ them by using compression stockings correctly and every time I worked.

Compression stockings are not new. For hundreds of centuries they have been used to “compress” many issues and support body health. Late 1800s was the discovery between compression around the legs and reduction of blood clots in that area. While many European countries used them, it took longer to make their way Stateside. Only in the last 15-20 years have studies been done to learn what is accurately happening with our venous health.

And from those medical studies we now have Board Certified Venous Physicians. Illinois Vein Specialists taught me about getting my veins checked and I learned that the care I gave my legs and body back then has helped me have strong vein health today! Getting my legs looked at by my venous doctor has helped me understand my health and feel more confident heading into my 60’s.



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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