Compression stockings support efficient circulation and are a great option to both prevent varicose veins and to encourage recovery after varicose vein removal treatments. At Advanced Vein & Laser Center, with locations in York and Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Steven Heird, MD, FACS, and David Winand, MD, FACS, provide prescriptions for compression stockings and advice on protecting your vascular health. If you’re concerned about varicose veins or your vascular health, call or schedule an appointment online today.
Compression stockings are snug-fitting socks that gently squeeze your legs to promote healthy circulation. Wearing compression stockings reduces leg pain and fatigue and reduces your chances of developing conditions like deep vein thrombosis.
Compression stockings are available in several strengths to provide different levels of compression. You can purchase compression stockings over-the-counter, or your doctor can prescribe them. If your doctor prescribes compression stockings, your insurance may cover part of the cost.
You can wear compression stockings to both prevent vascular health issues like varicose veins and to promote healthy circulation after a vein treatment or surgery.
For example, if you have a career like nursing or teaching that keeps you on your feet all day, you may find that wearing compression socks reduces your leg fatigue and pain and reduces your risk of developing varicose veins.
Pregnant women are also advised to wear compression stockings as the physical changes of pregnancy can cause temporary varicose veins as well as fatigue and cramping.
Your doctor also advises that you wear compression stockings after a vein treatment like sclerotherapy or endovenous ablation to support your circulation as your veins reroute your blood away from the treated veins. After a vein treatment, you should wear your compression stockings day and night, only removing them to shower.
The doctors at AVLC prescribe compression stockings after vein treatments for several reasons. First, if you have a vein treatment like sclerotherapy or endovenous ablation, the procedure closes your vein, and the compression stocking prevents the weak vein from reopening while your body gets accustomed to sending your blood through alternate veins.
Compression stockings promote healthy and efficient circulation, which ensures that blood is moving in and out of your legs as it should. Strong circulation is critical to helping your tissue heal and preventing future problems.
Compression stockings also prevent clotting and stagnation of blood in your veins. Not only does this make your vein treatment more cosmetically successful, but it also protects your health and reduces symptoms such as leg fatigue, cramping, and numbness.
To find out more about compression stockings, call Advanced Vein & Laser Center or book an appointment online.