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What Is Compression Therapy?

These days, taking care of your varicose veins can be fashionable! So-long to ugly compression stockings! These stockings now come in an array of colors and materials, so it does not look like you’re wearing medical garments under your beautiful dress. These stockings can be measured specifically for you, and they come in different lengths.

When do you need compression stockings? That is up to your doctor or a vein specialist to determine. Compression stockings are known to alleviate symptoms of venous diseases and improve overall comfort. They can be easily purchased at drugstores and grocery stores.

Compression socks are designed to help prevent the occurrence of various venous disorders and/or to prevent the further progression of these vein diseases, including varicose veins, spider veins, venous insufficiency and deep vein thrombosis.

These stockings are stronger than your average hosiery. They are made from a stronger elastic material, which creates pressure at certain points throughout the legs. Pressure points are in the ankles, knees, and feet. These stockings are tightest at the ankles and become gradually less restrictive higher up in the thigh.

Depending on your symptoms and specific venous insufficiency, your doctor will determine if compression therapy is the right treatment for you, or if you need a medical procedure.

How do these stockings work? The pressure on the legs helps increase blood flow velocity and the effectiveness of the weakened valves in the veins. The stockings compress veins, muscles and arteries, which forces the blood to fit through narrower channels. Because of this new narrowed path, there is an increase in the arterial pressure and more blood returns to the heart, instead of flowing backwards to the legs and feet and pooling there.

Compression stockings help with varicose veins, spider veins, edema, deep vein thrombosis, tired/achy legs, and chronic venous insufficiency.

Have Your Legs Checked by a Tampa Vein Specialist

Do you think you may need compression stockings? Reach out to a vein specialist. Dr. Peter Mikhail will examine your legs and determine the best vein treatment plan. He treats varicose veins, spider veins, and other venous inefficiencies in the cities of Tampa, Clearwater, and New Port Richey, Florida. To book a consult, click our Tampa vein treatment page or call 727-312-4844.

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