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Benefits of Wearing Compression Socks

 
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Benefits of Wearing Compression Socks

Posted by Atlanta Vascular and Vein in Varicose Veins 13 Dec 2017

If you suffer some of the painful symptoms caused by varicose veins, you may want to look into the many benefits of wearing compression socks. Amish Tilara, M.D. is a Vascular and Interventional Radiologist at the Atlanta Vascular and Vein Center who practices patient-centered medicine. Dr. Tilara performs vein correction procedures to treat spider veins and varicose veins, the venous disorders that millions of people are diagnosed with at some point in their lives.

What Are Varicose Veins?

When the veins, particularly in your legs, become enlarged, swollen, twisted, and raised, those veins are no longer functioning properly. Your veins contain one-way valves to keep your blood from flowing backward. When those valves stop working correctly, your blood pools in the veins instead of continuing to flow to your heart. Since the veins in your legs are the furthest from your heart, gravity makes it even more difficult for that blood to flow upward. Varicose veins can form due to long periods of standing and walking, putting pressure on the veins. Some people with varicose veins feel no discomfort, while others experience much pain and more serious issues can arise as a result of this disorder.

What Can Be Done To Help Varicose Vein Issues?

Along with varicose vein ablation, endoscopic vein surgery and other procedures used to treat varicose veins, Dr. Tilara also prescribes preventive measures for continued successful outcomes post-treatment and to prevent the development of other varicose or spider veins in the future. One of the first words of advice concerning ways to help keep varicose vein development at bay is the wearing of compression socks on a regular basis.

How Wearing Compression Socks Can Help Varicose Veins

photo of the legs of two male runners, one is wearing black compression stockingsPeople who are constantly on their feet at work, such as nurses, wait staff, and flight attendants, tend to wear compression stockings to help avoid varicose and spider veins or to relieve aching symptoms. Pregnant women, people recovering from surgery, and those who are at risk for blood clots also may wear compression socks.

Compression socks are specially made to apply pressure to your lower legs. You can purchase them at pharmacies or medical supply stores or Dr. Tilara may advise prescription-strength compression socks for your issues. Some of the benefits you can reap from wearing compression socks are:

  • Improve blood circulation in legs
  • Help prevent blood from pooling in the legs
  • Alleviate painful symptoms
  • Lessen the possibility of skin ulcers forming
  • Decrease the risk of blood clots

Here’s a helpful tip to get open toe compression stockings on. Put a plastic bag over your toes and lower foot. Pull the entire stocking up over the foot and plastic bag. Then pull the stocking up the leg and pull the plastic bag out.

The Atlanta Vascular and Vein Center is located in Lawrenceville, GA, but Amish Tilara, M.D. also serves the surrounding areas such as Duluth, Dacula, Buford, Grayson, Lilburn, Norcross, Snellville, and Suwanee.

This article is not meant to take the place of professional medical advice. Please be sure to make an appointment with Dr. Tilara or a physician in your area if you have a concern.

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