Venous Insufficiency and the Benefits of Compression Stockings

What Happens When Someone Has Venous Insufficiency?

Venous insufficiency occurs when the veins are damaged as a result of excessive pressure put on them. Apart from genetics, age and obesity are the main causes of venous insufficiency.

In severe cases, patients experience chronic pain, varicose veins, venous ulcers, dry inflamed skin, and abnormal swelling of the affected area. The most common places where these symptoms are visible are the legs and the thighs.

Immediate and continuous treatment is the only way to restore the veins back to health. One of the best treatments that doctors recommend to patients with venous insufficiency is compression stockings. 

Compression Stockings and Their Benefits

Venous insufficiency occurs when the blood in the veins is unable to move up from the legs and back to the heart. Compression stockings, which are extremely tight-fitting stockings, tightly press the veins when worn. This compression builds pressure in the legs and forces the pooled blood upward towards the heart.

Using compression stockings is a must for anyone who has been diagnosed with venous insufficiency. Here are five key benefits you’ll get from using them: 

Reduce Swelling: While compression stockings aren’t a cure for venous insufficiency, they are excellent at temporarily reducing the swelling in the legs and the size of your varicose veins. By pressing on the veins very tightly, the compression stockings will push the blood in the varicose veins back towards the heart and thereby reduce swelling.

Make the Pain More Manageable: Apart from the swelling, pain is another thing that most patients with venous insufficiency suffer from. The high pressure that the compression stockings exert on the body helps reduce the pain that the swollen and damaged veins are experiencing. Using compression stockings during your walks and runs will go a long way in helping you experience pain relief when you move.

Stop Symptoms from Worsening: Compression stockings are the best way to ensure that the skin on your legs doesn’t become leathery or look red and inflamed. Wearing them sooner rather than later ensures that your legs get the timely care they need.

Reduce the Risk of DVT: Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a condition where blood clots form deep in the veins of the body. In chronic cases of venous insufficiency, patients are extremely likely to develop deep vein thrombosis.

Untreated DVT can become fatal. This is where compression stockings help. They exert immense control over the blood circulation in your veins and ensure that no clots in your varicose veins or your legs escape and move towards the heart.


Contact Us for Venous Insufficiency Treatment

To find out more about treating venous insufficiency and more, get in contact with a skilled-medical professional through Bay Area Foot Care and arrange an appointment.

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