What Do Compression Stockings Do?

You wear compression stockings to improve blood flow in your legs. Compression stockings gently squeeze your legs to move blood up your legs. This helps prevent leg swelling and, to a lesser extent, blood clots.

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If you have varicose veins spider veins, or have just had surgery, your health care provider may prescribe compression stockings.

Wearing stockings helps with:

  • Aching and heavy feeling in legs
  • Swelling in legs
  • Preventing blood clots, primarily after surgery or injury when you are less active

source:https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000597.htm

 

 

How Do I Know If I Have An Underlying Vein Problem?

Varicose Veins Are Not Always Visible to the Naked Eye

Most vein conditions are not visible to the naked eye. The veins that are visible can be the ‘tip of the iceberg’ indicating an underlying problem. Therefore, a duplex ultrasound examination may be recommended to determine if there is an underlying condition called, venous inssufficiency. Venous insufficiency indicates when the vein valves are leaky.  Bulging, ropy varicose veins, and spider veins in certain anatomic regions of the body such as the inner ankles and inner thighs or blue veins behind the knees suggest underlying venous insufficiency.dysfunctional vein valvesVeins are not always visible to the eye

Are Varicose Veins Inherited?

Do You Have Your Mother’s Legs?

One of the strongest risk factors for varicose veins is a family history. We often see mothers and their daughters, fathers and sons, siblings, and some times the entire family for similar varicose vein issues. This picture demonstrates a mother and her daughter with ironically the same varicose vein pattern of distribution. Don’t want your mother’s legs? Stay on top of your vein condition and have them treated or maintenance treatment to avoid bulging varicosities.

Varicose veins may be hereditary. This picture demonstrates a mother and daughter who have the same distribution of varicose veins.

Varicose veins may be hereditary. This picture demonstrates a mother and daughter who have the same distribution of varicose veins.