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Compression Stockings

Compression Stockings

There are many treatment methods for varicose veins, which are caused by enlarged veins as a result of cramps that occur especially during night time. Compression stockings, one of these methods, are widely used today. Blood flow regulatory effect of these stockings which reduce the pain stemming from varicose vein and alleviate complaints even temporarily with its relieving effect is also quite strong.

The purpose of compression stockings, which are generally known to be tight, is to fix the contracting veins by protruding from the skin. In this way, the enlargement of the veins that remain stable slows down and varicose veins are prevented.

What Are The Benefits Of Compression Stockings?

Compression stockings benefit users in many ways. These stockings, which are particularly ideal for people who are at risk of blood coagulation in their legs, should be used especially in the following situations. Thus, enlargement of the veins and varicose veins are prevented;

  • During long term bed rest,

  • During the postoperative rest period,

  • While long-duration sitting,

  • When using birth control pills,

  • During hormone treatment,

  • During pregnancy,

  • While standing for a long time.

  • The compression stockings should be worn for the comfort of the person also in the following situations;

  • If there are varicose veins in the leg,

  • If there is a leg ulcer situation,

  • If there are leg swelling problems,

How to Use Compression Stockings?

The person who will use the compression stockings should wear the stockings as soon as they wake up in the morning. It is recommended to wear the stockings, even before getting out of bed. The way the stockings are worn is vital. In this process, there are some tips on how to wear these stockings which is quite tight.

For example, when wearing the open toe compression stockings, you should put on dishwashing gloves and then put on the compression stocking over it. Since the stocking is open toe, the glove can then be easily removed.

If the stocking is hard to put on over ankle, wearing process can compel the person. However, since the person will get used to this process after a while, the compression stockings can be put on in a much more practical way.

During the use of these kinds of stockings, they should not be rolled. Otherwise, the stockings loss its effect and no longer benefits the user.

If the symptoms such as pain, swelling and heavy feeling on the legs are reduced when the stockings are used, this means that they are beneficial and are used properly. Therefore, the desired benefit is obtained from the compression stockings.

Do Compressions Stockings Have A Curative Property?

It is important for people who will use the compression stockings to know that they relieve temporarily. These stockings produced to reduce the pain of the patient during the treatment process do not have curative property. It only alleviates the problems caused by varicose veins.

What Are the Symptoms of Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins caused by enlargement of the veins bring along a very painful process. For this reason, a specialist physician should be consulted and necessary precautions should be taken as soon as they are noticed. The most common symptoms of varicose veins are as follows:

  • Blue or purple swellings forming in your legs,

  • Pain in your legs,

  • A heavy feeling in your legs,

  • Swelling in your legs (oedema),

  • Itching in your legs.

Who Can Use Compression Stockings?

Compression stockings that can be used easliy by almost everyone are quite safe. However, the stockings should be properly worn. If the stockings are rolled over the leg while wearing, undesired problems may occur.

Who Should Not Use Compression Stockings?

If there is one of the following diseases, compression stockings should not be used by no means.

  • Those with peripheral neuropathy,

  • Those with peripheral arterial disease,

  • Those with skin infeciton disease,

  • Those with pulmonary edema,

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The use of compression stockings can pose many risks for people with such diseases.

What Are the Types Of Varicose Veins?

There are 2 different types of varicose veins caused by enlargement of veins. These are as following;

  • Reticular varicose veins,

  • Large venous varicose veins.

Reticular varicose veins are generally blue or purple swollen veins that form behind the knee and around the ankle. The large venous varicose vein, on the other hand, is the swelling of the skin due to insufficiency of the large veins in the leg.

How to Choose Compression Stockings?

When buying compression stockings, the best stockings for fulfilling the need should be selected. You can get support from a specialist physician. However, if there is a reticular varicose veins disease, knee high compression stockings should be used. In addition, in large venous varicose veins, either thigh high compression stockings or pantyhose models should be preferred.

What Should Be Done To Prevent Varicose Veins?

There are many important points to be done to prevent the formation of swollen veins that cause varicose veins. These are mainly as follows:

  • The person should exercise regularly. Activities such as walking, swimming, jogging and cycling are particularly useful.

  • You should not stand for an extended period of time. Compression stockings should be used if you have to work in this way.

  • If you have a sedentary work, you should stand up occasionally and move a little.

  • You should watch out your weight. If you are an overweight person, you should lose weight.

  • You should not sit cross-legged for a long time.

  • Casual wear should be preferred. Tight clothes should be avoided.

  • High-heel shoes should be avoided. Comfortable sneakers should be preferred.

  • You should eat healthily and care should be taken against health problems such as constipation.