What Are Compression Socks and Why Would I Need Them?

What Are Compression Socks and Why Would I Need Them?

If you have a mild case of varicose veins or spider veins, we may recommend compression stockings.

The stockings won’t cure the varicose veins or spider veins, but they can help prevent them from getting worse and may help relieve discomfort from varicose veins.

What exactly are compression socks? They’re stretchy socks that usually come to the knee or above. They are tighter fitting than regular socks, and by gently squeezing your legs, they help keep blood flowing back up to the heart so it doesn’t pool in the veins.

In addition to helping prevent varicose veins, doctors often prescribe compression socks for people at risk of developing deep vein thrombosis, a potentially very serious condition in which blood clots can form in the legs and move to the heart or lungs.

Compression stockings are also sometimes used by airline pilots, athletes, people who are on their feet all day, or people who are bedridden.

A different type of stocking may be appropriate for different conditions, so talk to your doctor before buying them. It’s important to have the stockings fitted by a professional. They should be snug but not too tight. 

If the stocking are prescribed by your doctor, your insurance may help pay for them.

When you’re wearing compression socks, be sure to carefully follow the instructions for wearing and cleaning them properly. Take these precautions:

  • Don’t roll down the tops of the socks, as this can make them too tight, cutting off your blood blow.
  • Make sure the stockings go on smoothly and aren’t creased or bunched up on your skin.
  • Check your legs each day to be sure you aren’t developing red, sore spots under the socks.
  • Although your stockings should feel snug, take them off and call your doctor if they feel painfully tight.

If you have questions about compression stockings or vein disease and how to treat it, feel free to contact us at Palm Vein Center. 

At Palm Vein, we sell the state-of-the-art Medi Assure brand of stockings, which are more comfortable than some other brands and blend with the skin well. We provide custom in-office measurements to help ensure that you get the most comfortable, effective sock for your condition.

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.

For more information on vein diseases and the treatments provided by the specialists at Palm Vein Center or to make an appointment, call 623-201-4777. We look forward to meeting you!