Compression hose, or stockings, are garments worn on the feet and legs that help to lessen the severity of symptoms due to varicose veins. These stockings are very tight in the foot area and become looser further up the leg. Worn during the day, they reduce discomfort and swelling in your legs, providing comfort and relief as you go about your routine.
Wearing compression stockings will also keep additional varicose veins at bay and lessen the chance of developing complications such as deep vein thrombosis or ulcers that can occur from untreated varicose veins.
More About Compression Hose
Compression hosiery has been used in the treatment of vein issues since their patent in 1848. Thus, the success of compression garments in the improvement of discomfort, swelling, and fatigue has been well-documented over time.
Compression hose extend up the leg to above the knee area.They work by placing pressure on the veins. The tight fit at the foot and ankle pushes blood flow up the leg in its natural-flowing direction with the decreasing tightness of the stocking, overcoming obstacles presented by the damaged varicose veins.
Tips for Using Compression Hose
First of all, and most importantly, it is imperative that you speak with a healthcare professional before deciding to use compression hose for your varicose vein symptoms. It can be dangerous to wear them if you have any form of arterial disease.
A thorough exam should be performed and you should have the approval of the doctor before attempting to alleviate symptoms on your own.
Compression garments vary in size, style and material used in their fabrication.
Wear your compression hose only during the day unless the doctor gives you alternate instruction. Hand washing in gentle detergent and drying flat will help to keep their shape longer. You can expect them to last around four months or so.
Stocking comes in either knee-high or thigh-high length. Usually, knee-high is sufficient, unless your varicose veins are higher up on your leg. They are available in different weights. The doctor will recommend the one that’s right for your particular condition.
You should put your stockings on first thing in the morning. Putting them on may take some practice. When worn correctly, compression hose is a relatively easy fix for alleviating your discomfort and swelling associated with varicose veins.