Summer is here and many of us have already gone shopping to find something to wear on that Caribbean vacation, trip to the water park, or just to ride those jet skis that your husband won’t get rid of. However, when you suffer from varicose veins, shopping for your summer wardrobe isn’t always the pleasurable experience it should be. In addition, although it is a cringe-worthy problem, many of us are not yet ready to go to the lengths of surgical procedures or laser treatments.
Aside from cosmetic concerns, varicose veins can also come with some unpleasant symptoms. They include leg swelling, cramps, recurring aching sensations and swollen ankles. According to WebMD, studies show that 60% of adults are varicose vein sufferers and women are twice as likely to be affected.
One therapeutic tool that is having good results in the relief of varicose veins is compression stockings (also called support stockings). The use of these stockings is the simplest treatment to help alleviate symptoms. Even better, their use can also slow the progress of varicose veins, giving sufferers a leg up on the problem. As demand has increased, so has the variety of products available in the marketplace. You can find compression stockings in a variety of styles and colors. They also come in knee high, thigh length, and fabric choices range from traditional socks to sheer pantyhose.
How Compression Stockings Work
Gravity causes blood to pool in the lower extremities, primarily in our feet. It’s this breakdown of circulation that causes problems. How do compression stockings achieve improved circulation? The answer is graduated compression, meaning the stocking is tighter at the foot and pressure decreases as it moves up the leg. Use of compression stockings sends blood flow back to the heart, improving overall circulation and relieving pain and discomfort in the legs.
Tips to Use Compression Stockings Effectively
It’s always helpful to seek your doctor’s opinion as well as doing your own research into the most recommended products. Experts recommend that you put compression stockings on as soon as you wake up in the morning (before even getting out of bed). If you wait until later, your legs and feet may swell, making it harder to put them on. Any doctor will tell you the best thing you can use in conjunction with compression stockings is an active lifestyle. Regular exercise is one of the best ways to improve overall circulation and prevent future occurrences of varicose veins because when muscles are well toned, blood flows more freely.