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Written by our Human Movement Specialists

Don’t be so vain when it comes to varicose veins. They can look like someone tattooed a river system on your legs, but they also can be painful and make standing for long periods of time difficult.

Varicose veins are a common condition affecting millions of people worldwide. Characterized by enlarged, twisted veins, often appearing blue or dark purple, they can cause discomfort, pain, and aesthetic concerns. However, managing varicose veins doesn't always require invasive procedures. One practical non-invasive approach is compression therapy. Read on to see how compression socks can help manage the symptoms of varicose veins.

What are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are veins that have become enlarged, swollen, and twisted. They usually occur in the legs and are often visible beneath the skin's surface. These veins may be raised, bulging, or have a cord-like appearance. Varicose veins develop when the valves within the veins weaken or fail to function correctly, causing blood to pool in the veins rather than flow smoothly back to the heart. Factors contributing to their development include genetics, age, obesity, pregnancy, prolonged standing or sitting, and a sedentary lifestyle.

Close up of a female hikers legs with varicose veins

What Are the Symptoms of Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins can manifest in various symptoms, including:

1. Visible, twisted veins under the skin.

2. Aching or discomfort in the legs, particularly after standing or sitting for extended periods.

3. Swelling, heaviness, or cramping in the legs.

4. Itching or burning sensation around the affected veins.

5. Skin discoloration or ulceration in severe cases.

A non-invasive way to prevent the onset and progression of varicose veins is compression therapy. Graduated compression from the ankle up can help support and restore valve function. Medical grade compression can help treat the symptoms of varicose veins as well as slow their progression once they are present.

Compression therapy acts like an extra layer of muscle wrapping around the leg which gently compresses vein walls together and help the valves to close. This leads to improved blood flow in the area, decreased blood pooling and better overall circulation. Varicose veins can be a source of discomfort and concern for many individuals, but effective management options are available. Compression therapy offers a safe, non-invasive approach to alleviate symptoms, improve circulation, and enhance the overall quality of life for those affected by varicose veins

Close up of lower legs wearing medical compression socks and running shoes.

Benefits of Compression Therapy for Varicose Veins

  1. Improved Blood Circulation: Compression therapy promotes better blood flow by preventing blood from pooling in the veins, thus reducing the risk of clot formation.

  2. Reduced Swelling and Discomfort: The gentle pressure exerted by compression garments helps to reduce swelling and alleviate the discomfort associated with varicose veins.

  3. Prevention of Complications: Compression therapy can help prevent complications such as skin ulcers or blood clots, particularly in individuals with severe varicose veins.

  4. Enhanced Quality of Life: Compression therapy can enhance overall comfort and mobility by relieving symptoms and improving circulation, allowing individuals to engage in daily activities more comfortably.

Medical Compression Socks

Medical compression therapy, including prescription compression socks and medical compression stockings, plays a crucial role in the prevention and treatment of various venous disorders. These disorders encompass a range of conditions, including varicose veins, lymphatic disorders, deep vein thrombosis, edema, stasis, post-vein treatment recovery, pregnancy-related venous issues, and alleviating leg fatigue. To qualify as medical-grade compression, garments must exert a pressure of 20mmHg or higher, ensuring adequate support and therapeutic effect.

If you're have varicose veins or are experiencing circulatory symptoms, consult your healthcare professional for a diagnosis and prescription for compression socks. Quite often medical compression socks are covered by extended medical plans.

Once you've got your prescription in hand, it's time to schedule an appointment with one of our expert Movement Specialists. These certified fitters are wizards when it comes to finding the perfect compression socks for you. They'll take the time to assess your needs and measurements, ensuring you get not only the right fit but also the style that suits you best.


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