How do compression socks treat varicose veins?

Gabriel P. Lasala, MD
Interventional Cardiology
Compression stockings may be helpful in managing symptoms but do nothing to treat varicose veins.
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.

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Spider Veins and Varicose Veins

Large twisted blue or purplish veins visible at the skins surface are known as varicose veins. Any vein in your body can become varicose but it usually occurs in the legs and feet due to the pressure the lower body endures to keep ...

your body upright. It is caused by the weakening of the valves and veins in your legs. Varicose veins are usually hereditary. We are also more prone to get varicose veins as we age. Symptoms include itching, burning, throbbing or cramping in the legs and around the veins. Self-care measures such as exercising, elevating your legs, and wearing compression stockings are used to ease the pain and prevent varicose veins from getting worse. If these measures dont work, see your doctor to discuss medical treatments that are available to close or remove varicose veins.

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