Compression stockings are elastic stockings that are tightest at the ankle. They increase pressure on the tissues under the skin and, thus, prevent swelling. That same increased pressure keeps blood in the veins from flowing backwards, and it keeps the veins from becoming dilated.
In compression therapy, the patient wears stockings to treat a variety of health problems, including varicose veins and venous insufficiency. Compression is measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg). The higher the number, the tighter the stocking will be. They are often worn after venous treatments in order to promote optimal healing.
Types of Compression Stockings
Compression stockings come in different sizes and strengths. They can be knee-high, thigh-high or waist-high. They come in three different medical compressions. Some are used to treat mild conditions like slight swelling or tired and aching legs. Others are for more serious conditions like varicose veins. The type of stocking used depends on the unique situation.
How are Compression Stockings Used?
After prescribing the compression stockings, the doctor will carefully measure the patient’s legs to ensure the best fit. Typically, the patient should put their stockings on first thing in the morning, when their legs are at their least swollen.
The patient should wear the stockings all the time, except when they are bathing or sleeping. The prescribed length of time will depend on the situation and the treatment that was done, amongst other things. The patient should wash their stockings by hand every night before going to bed. They should, therefore, have at least two sets.
At the Premier Vein Institute in Tampa, Riverview and Lakeland, our doctor usually prescribes compression stockings after venous treatments to reduce swelling and promote healing. They are often prescribed after sclerotherapy treatments, endovenous laser therapy, microphlebectomy procedures and other minimally-invasive treatments.
Learn More About Compression Stockings During a Consultation
Whatever vein problems you are dealing with, compression stockings may be able to help. Whether you can simply wear them as a conservative treatment for your venous issues, or whether they are required as a post-treatment regimen to promote healing and lessen swelling, they can be of great benefit to you.
Schedule a consultation at the Premier Vein Institute to learn more about how these stockings may be used in your venous treatment. For your convenience, we have locations in Tampa, Lakeland and Riverview. Contact us today to book an appointment at one of our offices and get started with your vein treatment.