Compression stockings and socks can help improve blood flow and reduce swelling, heaviness, achiness, itching, and fatigue in the legs. They can also help the legs to heal after minimally invasive procedures that destroy damaged veins.
If you have spider or varicose veins and are seeking to improve the appearance of your legs or to find relief from symptoms related to chronic venous insufficiency, compression stockings will not help. Your vein specialist can sit down with you in this case to discuss the best course of treatment for your vein issues.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is compression therapy?
Compression therapy is used to increase blood flow activity in the lower limbs through strengthening vein support. It gently apply pressure to the ankles and legs by wearing specifically designed stockings or socks. These dressings slowly stretch out vein walls and improve overall circulation, which in turn helps eliminate swelling.
Does compression therapy hurt?
Compression therapy is not painful, although sometimes compression garments are uncomfortable because they are meant to be very tight, but they do not typically make the patient feel pain.
Does insurance cover the treatment?
Patients who undergo vein procedures such as RFA often have compression garments covered by insurance.
Who uses compression therapy?
Patients with spider veins, varicose veins or CVI can benefit from compression therapy.
What can be expected?
The expected results for a patient using compression stockings are lighter feeling legs. Sometimes patients experience less varicose veins and better coloration on their skin from the compression stockings. Patients often feel less cramping and experience less swelling.