Suffering From Varicose Veins: Understanding Compression Stockings

If you suffer from things such as varicose veins, then you have likely heard that a great temporary way to alleviate pain and pressure is to wear some type of compression stocking, especially when you’re traveling. Made of snug-fitting material, compression stockings are designed to squeeze your leg and help aid against any sort of blood clotting that can sometimes occur. Available over-the-counter, and often covered by your insurance, compression stockings offer a quick and easy way to help temporarily treat your varicose veins. However, with so many different types of compression stockings available on the market, it can be hard to decide what kind you should get. Read on to learn more.

How do they work exactly?

Compression stockings help your blood vessels in your legs work better, which in turn allows your veins to get the boost they need to continuously push the blood back to your heart. Additionally, when you suffer from spider or varicose veins, compression stockings can help with swelling around your feet and ankles which cannot only be uncomfortable but can make walking be virtually impossible.

How to pick the right stocking?

Before you pick a compression stocking, contact Dr. Heeringa at Northern Michigan Vein Specialists in order to be evaluated. During your evaluation, or even over the phone in some cases, Dr. Heeringa will help you decide what size of compression stocking to get, and how they should fit exactly. Remember when looking for an over-the-counter compression stocking to ensure that they fit snugly around your legs. In fact, you shouldn’t be able to move them up and down at all. However, they shouldn’t be so tight that they cut off any circulation in your legs.

If you suffer from varicose veins and are looking for a temporary solution that will not only help you to feel better but to ensure that your body is getting the proper circulation as well, then you should consider picking up a pair of over-the-counter compression stockings. If you would like to learn more about compression stockings or to schedule an appointment with vein specialist, contact Dr. Heeringa at Northern Michigan Vein Specialists.