Can You Treat Varicose Veins with Compression Stockings?

Can You Treat Varicose Veins with Compression Stockings?

Michael F. Gioscia, MD, FACS, ABVLM, of the Vein Institute of Westchester in White Plains, New York, explains that compression stockings can help alleviate symptoms associated with varicose veins. They may even help prevent them from developing. But they can’t eliminate these unsightly veins. Here’s why.

Understanding varicose veins

Varicose veins are most common in the legs and occur when increased pressure in the vessels causes vein walls to stretch and weaken.

Small one-way valves within the veins, which help direct blood flow back toward the heart, also fail and allow blood to collect in the vein, resulting in the discoloration, bulging, and twisting common with varicose veins.

There is no way to repair this type of vein damage. Instead, effective treatment closes the vein, and your body redirects blood flow to a nearby healthy vein.

Can compression stockings help with varicose vein symptoms?

Dr. Gioscia notes that compression stockings gently squeeze the legs and help force blood upward from your ankles and legs. This helps prevent blood from pooling in the veins and boosts circulation.

They also reduce congestion or fluid buildup in the legs when sitting or standing for long periods, such as when traveling or working. In addition, these actions can temporarily reduce leg swelling, pain, and fatigue related to varicose veins.

While most compression stockings do not require a prescription, the wrong size or strength could be ineffective, even harmful. Your vein specialist can make recommendations based on evaluation results.

Unfortunately, the benefits of compression stockings fade once you remove them. Many people find them uncomfortable to wear and often have difficulty donning the stockings, which may be knee- or thigh-high. They’re also an unwanted fashion statement in the summer for many people.

Thus, while compression stockings can help improve circulation, they aren’t a permanent fix for varicose veins.

How do you treat varicose veins?

The incisionless vein treatments Dr. Gioscia offers at the Vein Institute of Westchester are quick, painless, and highly effective.

During your initial consultation, Dr. Gioscia takes the time to fully evaluate your leg veins and devise the most effective treatment plan. This isn't a one-fix-for-all practice. Instead, Dr. Gioscia has extensive experience in all possible solutions.

Your treatment strategy may include one or more of the following therapies:

Dr. Gioscia notes he values these therapies because they are highly effective, incisionless, and offer quick recovery with no appreciable downtime afterward. As a result, you can continue an active lifestyle immediately after treatment, including work. Each is also available in-office for your convenience and generally takes less than an hour.

There’s still time to get rid of those unsightly veins before beach weather arrives. Schedule an evaluation at the Vein Institute of Westchester today. Call (914) 997-8081 or request an appointment online.

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