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Compression Stockings

Better leg health is promoted through comprehensive evaluation and consultation with a trained physician.

Compression stockings are frequently recommended as a course of treatment for venous diseases and varicose veins. These stockings provide graduated compression that encourages blood flow from the feet back up to the heart. Stockings may be prescribed alone or in conjunction with other vein treatments to enhance results.

How do they Work?

Compression stockings offer 100% compression at the feet and gradually decrease compression as they move up the legs. The compression occurs in the superficial veins of the legs, which are the veins closest to the surface of the skin. By compressing those veins, blood is forced into the deeper veins, which minimizes painful symptoms while encouraging healthy blood flow.

Compression stockings come in a wide range of sizes, styles, and colors. Stockings may extend to the knee or move all the way up the thigh. The strength of the stocking will also vary, based on the precise type of compression the patient needs. Dr. Frasca will prescribe the best compression stockings, based on the patient’s condition, the severity of symptoms and body size.

Options in Strength

The strength of a compression stocking is measured in millimeters of mercury. Stockings typically come in the following strengths:

  • Light Compression (20-30 mmHg) – This compression strength is commonly used in the treatment of spider veins and smaller varicose veins.
  • Tight Compression (30-40 mmHg) – The higher strength may be prescribed for patients suffering from more severe types of venous insufficiency, including skin changes and the appearance of open sores on the lower leg (venous ulcers).

How to Use Compression Stockings

In order to be effective, compression stockings must be put on first thing in the morning, before getting out of bed. They should be worn all day and removed at bedtime. Compression stockings can be difficult to put on, so some stores that sell the stockings also offer rubber gloves to make this process easier. Dr. Frasca and his staff will also provide instruction on the easiest way to put on compression stockings each morning.

Compression stockings may be worn for a few days, weeks or many years. The length of time for using the stockings will depend on the reason they are prescribed and the type of venous condition they are treating. Compression stockings are usually worn after any other vein treatment, such as sclerotherapy, microphlebectomy or endovenous ablation.

Compression stockings are a non-invasive, effective way to address many different vein conditions. For more information about these medical-grade stockings, contact Specialty Vein Care.