Varicose veins are more than unattractive, they can also be downright painful. These swollen vessels can lead to aching, swelling, and cramping, particularly at the end of the day when all you want to do is rest. For some, compression socks can be a useful way to relieve the symptoms and prevent vein disease from getting worse. These special socks are not a “cure” for varicose veins but tend to be more effective when they are used in combination with other vein disease treatments, rather than in place of them.
Understanding Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are usually caused by an underlying vein condition known as venous insufficiency. This problem occurs when veins in the lower leg become damaged, which allows blood to reflux back into the vessel rather than moving in a single direction to the heart, as it is supposed to do. This reflux leads to swelling of the vessel—and varicose veins.
Venous insufficiency results in permanent damage to the vein, which cannot be reversed by compression therapy. While you may see some relief from symptoms by wearing compression socks, you will not see any changes to your underlying condition.
The Benefits of Compression
Compression socks are prescription garments that offer gradient pressure to encourage healthy blood flow. The socks fit tighter around the foot and gradually loosen their compression as they move up the leg. The socks are designed to help your lower leg veins push blood back up to your heart, creating better blood flow in these vessels.
By supporting blood flow and decreasing pressure inside your veins, compression socks can go far in relieving symptoms like pain and swelling. Whether you are an athlete looking to improve performance and recovery, or someone who spends long periods of time sitting or standing, compression socks can help to improve circulation, reduce swelling, and promote overall health and well-being.