Compression therapy is frequently the first and most conservative step in the management of varicose veins. In fact, insurers often require that patients undergo conservative compression therapy prior to becoming eligible for reimbursement for certain varicose vein treatment and procedures. Compression stockings are also often used following those same treatments to promote healing by lessening pain, swelling and bruising.
Gradient compression stockings and hosiery provide pressure that is strongest around the foot and ankle and looser as it moves up the leg. The steady pressure provided by compression stockings assists the leg muscles and veins in moving blood more efficiently and quickly up the leg to the heart. They also prevent the superficial veins directly beneath the stockings from over expanding with pooled blood. For best results, compression stocking should be worn throughout the day and removed at bedtime.
The main potential complication linked to graduated compression stockings is that a poor fit may obstruct venous or arterial blood flow. If compression stockings are recommended for your particular problems, you will be measured and properly fitted for them during your visit. It is important to recognize that compression stockings can alleviate some symptoms of varicose veins but they cannot treat their underlying cause, failed valves (also called venous reflux). Even with faithful use of compression stockings, the disease may progress to the point that more advanced treatment is necessary.
Compression stockings and hosiery are available in varying degrees of compression. Dr. Fox will prescribe you a grade suited for your particular needs. Compression stockings and hosiery come in a variety of styles and colors to suit both women and men. Boulder Vein Center carries a supply of these that you may purchase at your visit. If your primary care physician or other doctor has prescribed you compression stockings, you may stop by the office during business hours to get fitted for and purchase stockings. No appointment is necessary.
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Please contact Boulder Vein Center at 303-449-VEIN (8346) if you have any questions about compression therapy or other vein therapy and treatments or would like to schedule an appointment.