When a person thinks of compression stockings, he or she may think of those ugly, thick pieces of fabric that are a pain to wear. Luckily, in recent years, these stockings have become more fashionable and user-friendly, so people don’t have to be embarrassed while sporting this hosiery. If your doctor says you should wear compression stockings to treat your current venous condition, it’s best you listen. Compression stockings can truly help improve your blood circulation, varicose veins, venous insufficiency, and prevent blood clots.
Below we share some common facts about compression stockings by debunking current myths.
- Myth: Compression stockings don’t have to be worn in the warm months.
Fact: Compression stockings should be worn throughout the year and for as often and long as a vein specialist suggests a patient should wear them. In fact, they can truly help during warmer months since the warm weather can put even more strain on damaged or weakened veins.
- Myth: Compression stockings can be too hot to wear.
Fact: Like stated above, compression stockings have significantly improved since their creation. There are many compression stockings available in sheer material in light colors. Some stockings even have toeless and footless options for even more breathability.
- Myth: Compression stockings cut off blood circulation.
Fact: Compression stockings do just the opposite – they IMPROVE blood circulation! However, the key is to be properly fitted for these stockings so they do their job correctly. You don’t want the stockings to be bunched up or folded over on your body, because then they would cut off blood flow.
- Myth: Compression stockings are only meant for people with serious conditions or illnesses.
Fact: A doctor will recommend compression stockings even to those who are prone to venous issues and are looking for a preventative measure to avoid the development of varicose veins.
- Myth: Compression stockings are uncomfortable and ugly.
Fact: In today’s world, compression stockings are made with softer, cooler, highly durable materials in a range of colors, elasticity and thickness. No one has to know the hosiery you are wearing is a compression stocking!
- Myth: Compression stockings are hard to put on and take off.
Fact: They can be hard to put on and off (they are indeed compressing the body) but they are perfectly sized to your body, so they do fit. Over time, a patient will become faster at putting them on through practice. Ask your doctor to show you the best way to put them on and off.
- Myth: Compression stockings rid the body of varicose and spider veins.
Fact: Compression stockings cannot eliminate diseased veins from the body, but they can slow down the progression of varicose veins. They can also help reduce swelling and the appearance of the veins as they help improve blood circulation.
Thinking you may need these stockings? Let a vein doctor decide! Dr. Peter Mikhail is a vein specialist who can look at your painful legs and determine your venous issue and the proper treatment for your condition. To book a consult, click here or call 727-312-4844. Bottom of Form