Compression stockings sometimes referred to as flight socks, are often recommended to be worn for anyone who spends a long amount of time on their feet or for those who suffer from varicose veins and spider veins. Though you might have been asked to wear them, you might be wondering what they can do to help you and if they are truly worth the struggle of getting them on.
At NewDermaMed, we suggest compression stockings for many of our patients who are looking to treat varicose veins and spider veins both before and after they complete treatments. We know that compression stockings can be a key component in preventing damage to veins that causes varicose veins and spider veins. We are here to answer your questions about compression stockings as you consider varicose vein treatments such as sclerotherapy or laser vein removal.
How Do Compression Socks Work?
Compression stockings are specially designed to support healthy blood circulation by reducing the diameter of distended veins and increasing venous blood flow velocity and valve effectiveness. Compression stockings feel very snug and gently add compression to your veins promoting better circulation. In order to work, your compression stockings must provide adequate pressure.
Do I Need to Be Fitted for Compression Stockings?
It may be tempting to pick up compression stockings online or at a department store though for best results you will want to be fitted professionally. By choosing a professional such as your varicose vein treatment provider or a pharmacy staff member to fit you for your compression stockings you ensure you are getting the full benefit of your socks. Compression stockings that do not fit well may not be worth wearing at all.
Will Compression Socks Help with Spider Veins?
Compression stockings will not remove spider veins or varicose veins, but they can help to prevent the worsening or new development of these vein issues. It is important to note that there are many factors that can affect the development of varicose veins including your genetics. Our previous article How to Get Rid of Spider Veins and Varicose Veins can assist you in understanding how to remove your varicose veins. It may be a good idea for you to wear compression stockings even if you have no intention to remove your varicose and spider veins, consider speaking with a medical doctor for advice based on your unique circumstances.
How to Wear Compression Stockings for Varicose Veins
Wearing compression stockings can help with the prevention of varicose veins and are necessary after a vein removal procedure. You should wear your compression stockings throughout the day but it is not necessary to wear them while sleeping. Make a habit out of putting your compression stockings on first thing in the morning and be sure to take them off before bed. Compression stockings fit tightly and it may be helpful to have a professional show you how to easily put them on and take them off to reduce any frustration you may have with wearing them.
At NewDermaMed, we are always here to answer your questions and provide support with the removal of varicose veins. Contact a member of our team today to learn how you can regain your confidence through treating your varicose and spider veins.