If you are experiencing swollen, tired, and aching feet, ankles and legs caused by varicose veins, the first step toward relief may be wearing compression hose.
Compression hose are the key component of a conservative treatment plan that many insurance companies require as a first step in the treatment of varicose veins. Other plan components include exercising regularly, elevating your legs and creating a weight loss plan.
Often, this conservative treatment plan may bring enough relief to eliminate the need for any further varicose vein treatment.
What Do Compression Hose Do?
- Compression hose exert external pressure on the legs to reduce the pooling of blood in varicose veins and improve the vein circulation.
- These hose often improve the symptoms of varicose veins and may minimize your risk of developing new varicose veins.
Does Everyone with Varicose Veins Need Compression Hose?
- No. Small varicose veins that are not causing symptoms do not need hose.
- For mild symptoms, over-the-counter socks or pantyhose may be fine and may offer relief for aching or heaviness.
Will Compression Hose Cure My Varicose Veins?
- Compression hose will not eliminate or cure varicose veins. They will still be visible when you remove the hose.
- If the conservative treatment plan does not provide sufficient relief, getting rid of your varicose veins may require corrective treatment.
Are There Different Types of Compression Hose?
- Graduated compression hose provide the most relief since they apply the greatest pressure at the ankle and decrease the pressure as they move up the leg.
- Knee-high compression hose are adequate for most patients. But for those patients with large veins or significant symptoms higher in the leg, thigh-high compression hose may be the better choice.
- Prescription compression hose are considerably more expensive but are often recommended for more severe veins or to help reduce swelling. Fortunately, prescription compression hose are often covered in part or in full by your insurance and/or your FSA.
When Do I Wear Compression Hose?
- Compression hose should generally be worn when you are standing or sitting. They do not need to be worn while sleeping or when you are able to elevate your legs.
- Some patients feel better wearing compression hose during exercise. Many athletes now routinely wear elastic support while training or competing.
Do Compression Hose Come in Different Sizes and Styles?
- Compression hose come in different sizes and strengths and are available in a variety of styles and colors. Your physicians will recommend the strength you need to get maximum results and measuring instructions are provided to ensure you get the correct size for a good fit.
Where Can I Buy Compression Hose?
- Non-prescription compression hose can be purchased online or in a retail store.
- For prescription compression hose, new virtual patients, patients currently in treatment, and returning patients can order them through Emory Vein Center by calling 404-778-8346 (VEIN).
- New patients can contact the Emory Vein Center to set up a consultation appointment.
So, if you have varicose veins, give compression hose a try. They may make your legs feel better and more energized throughout the day. Call the Emory Vein Center at 404-778-8346 (VEIN) or make an appointment today.
Emory Vein Center
Emory Vein Center offers comprehensive treatment for varicose veins by board-certified vascular surgeons. Our physicians are fellowship-trained and specialize exclusively in the treatment of vascular disease. Emory Healthcare offers many therapies to help relieve pain and minimize the appearance of varicose veins. Together, we’ll find the right approach for you.