You were just prescribed varicose veins compression stockings, or varicose veins socks, by your doctor and you aren’t sure why. It may have been explained in great detail to you or perhaps you were just handed a prescription with little information. Either way it is important to know why you are required to wear compression stockings as a conservative treatment for venous disease. Understanding the why behind any medical recommendation will help you implement the needed change and remain committed to the treatment.
Let’s Understand What Veins Do
We may need to start with the basics here; what do veins do? Veins are responsible for taking your blood back to your heart once it has pumped it through your body. In order to do this the blood is having to flow against gravity upward. Keeping pressure in the vein is the duty of the vein wall and is essential to this process working properly. The valves in the veins work alongside the process by keeping the blood flowing in the right direction, back up to the heart.
But What If Veins Stop Working Well?At some point in your life your veins may stop working well. This is the primary reason you have been prescribed these compression stockings. The result of your veins working abnormally is referred to as abnormal venous blood flow; do you remember your physician saying this term now? Your veins not working correctly to get the blood back up to your heart is more serious than it may sound. Leaving them untreated can lead to serious side effects.
Side effects of untreated venous disease are:
Deep Vein Thrombosis – this is a blood clot that is located in a deep vein in the body. Deep veins are veins that are located deep beneath the skin.
Thrombophlebitis – this occurs when a blood clot begins to cause pain and swelling.
Skin Infections – the blood being stagnate can result in painful and irritating skin infections which only exacerbate the issue.
Skin Ulcers – along the same lines of skin infections are ulcers. This is also referred to as a stasis leg ulcer.
Bleeding Veins – severe varicose veins may lead to bleeding from the pressure built up in the veins.
Swelling Legs – as the disease progresses the legs may begin to swell causing pressure and discomfort.
Top 6 Reason to wear Compression Socks
1. Varicose Veins Compression Socks are medically proven to prevent these dangerous blood clots from forming. These are referred to as deep vein thrombosis and / or pulmonary embolisms.
2. One primary benefit of compression stockings is that they help the veins move blood back up through the leg back to the heart.
3. Lymphedema and venous disease will cause swelling in the legs. Compression stockings can reduce this uncomfortable swelling caused by these side effects.
4. Aching and restless legs can develop as a result of your veins not working properly. Compression stockings can help to reduce or eliminate these symptoms to help you continue living a full life.
5. Varicose veins or spider veins result as your veins collapse under the pressure of the blood that is unable to return to the heart. Compression stockings can help prevent these from forming by giving the veins added support. As a result recovery time after a venous procedure may be shorted significantly.
6. When the syndrome is significant enough skin sores may develops. Compression stocking can help bring quicker healing to these sores.
Symptoms to look for that may be a sign of Venous Disease
The blood will begin to stagnate when your veins begin working improperly. An initial sign of this is your legs may begin to feel heavy, itchy, and achy. As the condition progresses and the veins become more damaged your ankles and leg may begin to swell, this is referred to as edema. Furthermore, your skin may begin to change color.
These changes to the color of your skin are referred to as lipoderatosclerosis and are unfortunately not reversible.
If you being seeing or feeling any of these symptoms, contact your venous interventionist immediately.
Talk to a Vein Specialist
Speak with Dr. Julian Javier, a board certified interventional cardiologist and endovascular specialist in Naples, Florida. He will discuss your medical history, perform a thorough exam, and explain which compression stockings for varicose veins or compression socks are right for you.