The function of our vein valves is to keep blood flowing back to the heart. When the valves are weakened, blood often pools in the legs. As a result, patients with venous insufficiency may experience tired, heavy, swollen legs.
Factors that can impede blood flow and weaken vein valves include genetics, obesity and physical inactivity. Compression socks provide gentle pressure to encourage blood flow from the legs to the heart.
They’re often recommended following a varicose vein procedure like endovenous laser ablation.
Compression Stockings Help Circulation
Wearing compression stockings can help reduce the symptoms of leg pain, heaviness, swelling, fatigue, tingling and tenderness.
In the process, circulation and blood flow are improved. Proper circulation is a key factor in the prevention of vein issues.
Tips for Wearing Compression Socks
It’s important to make sure the garments fit your legs properly. Get in the habit of putting on your compression socks first thing in the morning, before moving around.
If you’ll be traveling a long distance by car, plane or train, wear your compression stockings throughout the journey to help circulation when you’re not able to get up and stretch.
While compression socks may help lessen the symptoms of varicose veins, they do not reverse venous insufficiency. To learn more about our treatment options, contact us today!