Varicose Veins (VV) or Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) is a widespread and debilitating disease estimated to affect 10 to 15 million Americans, resulting in the loss of more than two million work-days annually.
There are two kind of management for Varicose Veins:
- Medical or Conservative management.
- Surgical or Interventional management.
Most of the time medical management is practiced until the condition, as it is a progressive disease, reaches the point where the intervention is required.
Medical management includes keeping the leg elevated while sitting or lying down to reduce edema, wearing compression stockings, and watching salt intake, as it should be 2 gram or less per day. Higher salt intake will lead to swelling and fluid retention.
Surgical management of varicose veins includes Laser or Radio Frequency Ablation to cause closure of incompetent valves and veins. Spider veins are usually treated with sclerosing agents, a spider vein treatment technique known as sclerotherapy.
What are Compression Stockings?
Compression stockings are specialized long socks which are worn from the foot to the knee/thigh. These specially fitted hose are designed to reduce the pooling that occurs in spider and varicose veins. The stockings apply pressure in a gradient fashion- highest around the ankle with less pressure as they go up the leg. This helps milk the blood back up the leg towards the heart.
Compression stockings continue to be the mainstay in the management of varicose veins before and after intervention.
Uses of Compression Stockings
Compression stockings are recommended by a medical doctor to prevent new varicose veins from forming and keep existing venous disease under control.
Although wearing compression stockings won’t eliminate varicose veins, they can help alleviate symptoms caused by the diseased veins, such as aching, heaviness, and swelling as well as help prevent worsening of the incompetent veins leading to ulceration. Wearing compression stockings can also reduce the risk of developing blood clots from long plane or car rides and is recommended to avoid venous problems during pregnancy.
A compression stocking must not be worn in the case of circulation disorders in the leg arteries and in the case of heart complaints that are difficult to treat. Caution is also recommended in the case of sensory impairments due to diabetes and neuropathy.
Types of Compression Stockings
They come in various strengths and sizes and should be prescribed by your physician. They can range in price from $50-$125. Your doctor will either supply you with compression stockings or give you prescription to be used in a medical supply store. Over-the-counter stockings offer less compression than the prescription variety and may not be adequate.
Remember that there are a few brands that are used by the physicians. Any of these major brands are effective for their purpose. Please note that, like many other items, you pay more for a certain name brand.
The compression stockings we provide are affordable and provide adequate support. They come as latex free and cotton free variety which include moisture regulating benefits known as Clima fresh. There are seven sizes and two leg lengths available to ensure a custom-like fit in a ready-to-wear stocking. Diverse products offer an option for every patient to aid in their compliance.
Stockings come in a variety of strengths, styles and colors. With the variety offered with us, you’re likely to find a stocking that you’re comfortable wearing. We offer 30 days fit guarantee and a 6 month compression guarantee on stockings.
Please note that compression stockings should be strong but not very tight. If you have week hands or arthritis, getting these stockings on may be difficult. There are devices to make putting them on easier.
You are advised to contact your doctor for any further question or concerns.
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