Why Compression Stockings are a Must Have in Treating Varicose Veins

OK, we know what you’re thinking…you have an island holiday coming up and compression stockings are just not going to cut it, but don’t worry – we’ve got you covered with all the info on these stockings.

You can ditch them when you lay out in the sun sipping on a pina colada but remember to put them on first thing in the morning for treating your Vein Disease.

You can also have a look into the vein treatments offered by Dr. Robert Azizi – a renowned Vein Specialist in South California. We offer personalized treatment plans depending on the individual’s vein condition.


How Do Varicose Veins Look?

If you’re not sure how varicose veins look, let’s break it down for you. Varicose veins are blocked or injured veins that:

  • Enlarged & Bulging Veins
  • Can appear anywhere on the skin, but mostly on the legs
  • Cause a heavy feeling in the legs or a burning sensation


What Causes Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins may be more common in some families and factors that may increase pressure in the veins may include overweight or obesity. By maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle with regular exercise and eating healthy you will be on the right path.

Being older can also cause varicose veins. Unfortunately, age and getting older are something that no one can escape and varicose veins can be hereditary. Being female can increase your chances of getting varicose veins – we know it feels a bit unfair, but we’re only giving the facts.

Being inactive can cause varicose veins. By being active we are not saying run a marathon or climb up a mountain, of course, you can do that if you’re into that kind of thing, but take your doggo for a walk or rather take the stairs than an elevator.

Varicose veins can also be caused by pregnancy and the sad news is that doctors prefer to only treat it after the little one is born, so just hang in there mama! And last, but not least, smoking can cause varicose veins. We know it’s not easy, but quitting will be your best bet and luckily there are ways to do it without having too hard of a time.

Benefits of Wearing Compression Stockings?

So now that you know more about varicose veins, let’s look at the benefits of wearing compression stockings:

  • They can alleviate symptoms such as swollen ankles, heavy or aching legs, fatigue and pain, restless legs and night cramps.
  • They may prevent varicose veins from worsening over time.
  • Promotes circulation for improved vein health in the lower leg.


How to Use Compression Stockings?

Keep in mind when choosing the right size of compression stockings, it is crucial to feel as comfortable as possible and to take advantage of all the benefits of elastic hosiery. Stockings are typically knee- or thigh-high.

It’s extremely important to put on the stockings in the morning before you lower your legs and get out of bed. Sleeping in a horizontal position helps your vein valves function more effectively than when sitting or standing.

In a vertical position, gravity kicks in and blood flow is compromised because of the damaged valves. That’s why your ankles and calves usually feel fine in the morning, and get swollen and heavy as the day progresses.

Putting on compression stockings in the morning will support the valves to remain in the right position and promote healthy blood circulation in your legs during the day.


The Perfect-Sized Compression Stockings For You

If you’re thinking about buying compression stockings and you’re not sure where to start or how to choose the right level or size, keep reading.

There are three main levels of compression:

  • Mild compression should be used if you have mild chronic venous insufficiency to support healthy blood flow so your legs can feel lighter.
  • Moderate compression is more effective and is usually recommended once you’re experiencing symptoms of spider or varicose veins.
  • Firm and extra compression are typically recommended by a doctor in more serious cases of various venous diseases, including deep vein thrombosis, leg ulcers, and lymphatic edema.

To ensure the proper fit for compression stockings, you’ll need to take measurements and we have some tips to help you:

  • Take measurements of your legs before you get out of bed in the morning or even lower your legs.
  • Measure the narrowest part of your ankles and the widest part of your calves for knee-high socks. Then sit up on your bed, place your feet on the floor, and bend your knees at a 90-degree angle. Take the measurement between the bent knee of each leg and the floor.
  • When measuring for thigh-high stockings, start the same ways as above mentioned and continue by standing up and measuring your thighs under your buttocks. Finally, measure the distance between your buttocks and the floor. Taking these measurements can be tricky, so don’t be afraid to ask for help.


Taking Care of Your Compression Stockings?

Taking care of your compression stockings is just as important and is not difficult at all, but there are a few things to keep in mind. To make them last as long as possible without losing their strength and benefits:

  • Use cold or mild temperature water when washing them.
  • Rather than hand-wash your stockings instead using a washing machine,
  • Don’t use fabric softener and hang them to dry instead.


Get Expert Advice From Leading Vein Doctor in South California

If your varicose veins are disrupting your life then see Dr. Azizi at Renew Vein and Vascular treatment clinic in Southern California. You don’t have to live with pain or discomfort anymore.

Dr. Azizi will work with you to improve your quality of life and boost your vein health, so you can feel good again. We offer Vein Treatments in our Bell Gardens, Buena Park & Korea Town-based Vein Care Centers! Book your appointment with us today.