Spider Veins and Varicose Veins

How do compression socks treat varicose veins?

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  • A Interventional Cardiology, answered on behalf of
    Compression socks treat varicose veins by helping decrease venous pressure, preventing venous stasis and impairments of venous valves. This in turn causes more blood to return to the heart and less blood to pool in the legs. Pooling of blood in the legs due to incompetent venous valves causes the swelling, engorgement of the varicose veins and leg discomfort.
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  • A Vascular Surgery, answered on behalf of
    Compression socks are also called graduated compression stockings. They essentially provide support to the legs and help "pump" venous blood out of the leg when you walk thereby reducing the pressure in the varicose veins and helping with the symptoms caused by varicose veins. They are ofter the first line of treatment for symptomatic varicose veins. It is best to be fitted for the compression stockings to make sure you get the right size for your legs.
  • Compression socks or stockings are a home remedy you can try to treat varicose veins. These are tight stockings assist your blood to flow better by squeezing your legs and feet. A proper fit is important so be sure to purchase the right size.

  • A Interventional Cardiology, answered on behalf of
    Compression stockings may be helpful in managing symptoms but do nothing to treat varicose veins.
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