Compression socksare made from a snug-fitting, stretchy material that’s specially designed to apply pressure to the lower legs. This helps to improve blood flow and reduce swelling and discomfort.
Compression socks and stockings are most-commonly prescribed as the first treatment forvaricose veins. Compression socks may also be recommended for other conditions that result in poor blood flow to the legs, such as lymphoedema and deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
What Are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are enlarged and swollen veins that typically occur on the legs and feet. They develop when the tiny valves inside the veins are damaged. If these valves don’t work properly, blood can flow backward and collect in the vein, causing it to swell.
Varicose veins typically appear dark purple or blue in color. Other signs can include muscle cramps and burning in the affected leg, as well as swollen feet and ankles. For most people, symptoms worsen during warm weather.
If your varicose veins are causing you discomfort and pain, you may require treatment. Initially, it’s likely that your treating physician will recommend wearing compression stockings and increasing regular physical activity. For most people, compression socks help to reduce the appearance and symptoms associated with the condition.
If the veins continue to cause discomfort and/or complications, your doctor may prescribe treatment with sclerotherapy, endothermal ablation, or vein ligation/stripping.