There isn’t clear evidence that wearing compression stockings can prevent varicose veins, but they may help. And the stockings can help alleviate some of the symptoms of varicose veins once you have them.
You may want to consider using compression stockings if you are at high risk for developing varicose veins. Other lifestyle changes, such as being sure to get enough exercise, may be even more effective.
The risk factors for developing varicose veins include:
- Age: The older we get, the more likely we are to develop varicose veins
- Weight: People who are overweight are at higher risk.
- Pregnancy: If you’re pregnant, sleeping on your left side is advised.
- Sex: Women are more likely to develop varicose veins than men.
- Genetics: Varicose veins seem to run in families.
- Hormones: Taking birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy raises your risk.
You can’t do anything about your age, your sex, or your genes, so if you’re worried about varicose veins, you need to work on the factors you can control. Getting regular exercise is one of the best things you can do because it helps push the blood back up from the legs to the heart.
Walking is a great option. Yoga, especially those “inverted poses” in which your legs are above your head, also helps. Swimming and bicycling can also help keep the blood moving out of your legs.
Standing or sitting too much can aggravate varicose veins. If you’re stuck sitting at a desk for hours on end, try getting up and walking around regularly, or even just moving your legs under your desk.
If your job requires you to stand a lot, compression stockings may be a good investment. You may also want to wear them if you’re going to be stuck sitting in cramped quarters on a plane for several hours.
For the best results with compression stockings, have them fitted by a medical professional and carefully follow their instructions for wearing the stockings and caring for them.
At Palm Vein Center, we are happy to work with you to make sure you get a comfortable fit that delivers the right amount of compression. We carry Medi Assure state-of-the-art compression stockings that can help treat spider veins, varicose veins, and edema, and helpprevent deep-vein thrombosis.
Although compression stockings can help with the symptoms of varicose vein, minimally invasive treatments, such as endovenous laser treatment or VenaSeal closure, may be needed for more lasting results.
Talk to our team to learn more about the best conservative and interventional treatment options for your vein condition.
The advice and information contained in this article are for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.
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