As people get older, many start having circulatory problems. These problems can commonly show up within the veins of the legs. Sometimes, these veins can become enlarged and gnarled in both the legs and the feet. Varicose veins are often referred to as spider veins and are very common, affecting over three million Americans every year.

What Are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins occur when the valves in the veins stop working properly. Though the cause of developing varicose veins is fairly unknown, the veins themselves are generally benign and nothing to worry about. According to vein doctors at the Minnesota Vein Center, most of the time varicose veins are a cosmetology issue and will occur without there being any underlying problems. However, there are some cases where the veins in the legs and feet can begin to ache, causing discomfort for the individual. If the veins get severe enough, surgery may be required. However, there are many non-surgical procedures one can do to improve their condition like using compression clothing on a regular basis. In this article, we’ll break down how compression socks can help improve circulation in both the legs and feet and why you should wear them.


Why Compression?

Compression socks aid the legs and feet by supporting your veins in a more rigid structure, allowing them to flow properly. Without the compression to aid the veins, the blood will continue to flow the opposite way due to the valve problem. When compression is used, it performs as a structure for the veins to rely on. Compression socks allow the veins to efficiently and effectively pump the blood back to the heart without any obstructions. Because the compression socks will keep the swelling down, they will also keep the pain down too.

It is recommended you use compression socks when on your feet for long periods of time since this is when you are most susceptible to blood pooling due to your varicose veins. Just like normal clothes, these compression socks can be worn around the clock. There are many compression stocks to choose from at very affordable prices. You can also pick the level of compression based on how serious your venous insufficiency is. The typical medical grade level of compression is between 20-30mmHG. 


In the end, compression socks offer a short-term fix to a long-term problem. They not only improve blood flow but reduce pain as well. They are a great start at a great price. If your situation worsens, it's best to see a doctor to discuss other treatment options.

February 06, 2018 — Brian Maniscalco

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