If you just googled “compression stockings for varicose veins” to find this article, you are far from alone.
Millions of Americans have looked at compression stockings as a non-surgical alternative to help deal with the discomfort of varicose veins and other peripheral vascular concerns. Perhaps not knowing that there are newer, effective, and minimally invasive procedures available, many have purchased compression stockings as a home remedy for varicose veins. And studies show that many of those stockings are now sitting abandoned, in a drawer or storage.
Why does everyone hate compression stockings?
Properly fitted compression stockings are believed to be effective in reducing lymphedema, reducing the incidence of deep vein thrombosisand venous ulceration, and increasing vascular circulation in cases of varicose veins and Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI).
However, compression stockings don’t work if they are not worn. A research review published on the National Center for Biotechnology Information website noted that 30-65 percent of Americans simply stop wearing their prescription compression stockings, for a variety of reasons:
pain and discomfort of wearing compression stockings
difficulty experienced in trying to put on the compression hose
don’t like the way the compression stockings look
feel compression socks are ineffective
Skin irritation is also a factor, and remains an important one in hot climates, such as Arizona.
Alternatives to Compression Stockings for Varicose Veins
If you have tried compression stockings and found that you just are not comfortable in them, there is still hope for decreasing your leg pain, improving your vascular health and improving the appearance of your legs. With a straightforward, but complete vein exam and duplex ultrasound, a qualified vein specialist can tailor a treatment plan for you that is much easier, more comfortable and more effective than you might realize is possible.