What You Should Know About Compression Socks
When people think of varicose vein treatments, they often think of compression stockings. Many patients believe that wearing a pair purchased at their local pharmacy will help their varicose veins. However, if compression stockings haven’t been prescribed by a provider and fitted properly, they can become more of a hindrance than help.
Keep reading to find out if compression stockings are right for you.
How Compression Socks Work
As the name implies, compression socks wrap themselves snuggly around your legs and ankles so that veins have extra support to improve circulation. As you move around and flex your leg muscles, the pressure from the socks pushes on your veins to help push blood back to your heart.
Well-fitting stockings with the correct compression are very important to achieving your therapeutic compression goals. Compression therapy has NOT been proven to treat venous disease, but it enhances other treatments offered by Albert Vein Institute.
At Albert Vein Institute, we recommend at least a 20-30mmHg compression stocking for our patients. We have compression-hose experts who have been fitting patients for years in our Juzo and Medi brand stockings. Ill-fitting stockings can cause issues that interfere with proper leg circulation and lead to more serious problems like deep venous thrombosis (DVT).
Negative Uses for Compression Stockings
While compression socks offer some benefits to those with circulation and vein problems, they really only help the symptoms, not the actual problem. Using the wrong compression socks might lead to more extensive health issues.
Also, when a patient has a swollen leg or skin changes, this could be a sign of a more serious condition that could possibly threaten life or limb. Consulting with Albert Vein Institute when you’re concerned about your legs is not just about a pair of stockings, but also about the evaluation of potential health problems.
Hopefully, your health issues are merely cosmetic and not serious. Either way, our evaluation can bring you assurance that you’ve protected your health. If you do need a procedure, then most insurance carriers require patients to wear provider-prescribed compression stockings before they will insure any venous procedure.
Vein Treatment in Colorado Springs & Lone Tree
Before buying a pair of compression stockings, think about seeking a professional (complimentary) consultation. Whether this is the first time you have sought treatment or you have been previously treated elsewhere unsuccessfully, we hope you will provide us an opportunity to provide excellent, long-term, successful results with any venous problems you may be experiencing.
Albert Vein Institute is the only distinguished IAC accredited vein center in Colorado, with double IAC accreditation. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.