The troublesome varicose veins is a more common problem than it should be causing occupational and other complications for those suffering from it- making even day to day activities easier. Among all the other methods used in the treatment of varicose veins, let us look into the most common and practical cure for it- using compression stockings.
Compression stockings are the go-to method for the ideal treatment for most cases of varicose veins that present with symptoms- mild symptoms, however. For complications and severe presentation of symptoms such as pain and inflammation of the blood vessels (thrombophlebitis) further treatment- sclerotherapy or surgery might be necessary- as advised by your consulting physician.
Here is how compression stockings help with varicose veins-
To pump back the blood from the legs to the heart, the calf muscles contract and act as a pumping system- similar to the heart but not exactly and this is known as an ambulatory venous pressure- which is increased in case of varicose veins- which is known as ambulatory venous hypertension- hypertension meaning high blood pressure. Compression stockings help by bringing down this hypertension.
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When this blood pressure is regulated and the venous hypertension is brought down, there is an improvement in the actions of the calf muscles- which are now again more effective in pumping the blood back to the heart through the veins.
Since the backflow through the veins of the lower limb is regulated and improved- varicosity and associated symptoms of it- including pain experiences significant relief. It also puts a hold on the worsening of the disease.
For best effects, doctors recommend using the compression stockings throughout the day while going about with day to day activity.
Compression stockings also reduce the general swelling that is experienced by many following a whole day of standing on the feet for work.
However, these things must be considered-
- Complications such as dermatitis, hemorrhage, deep vein thrombosis require immediate medical attention and these cannot be managed using compression stockings.
- Compression stockings can help manage the symptoms that are mild in varicose beings but it does not cure them.
- Compression stockings are a temporary and symptomatic cure- not the treatment of choice for moderate to severe varicose veins.
How to use compression stockings wisely-
If you have any of the following medical conditions, it is advised not to use compression stockings-
1- Peripheral neuropathies- (damage in the peripheral nerves caused by diseases such as diabetes or leprosy)
- Peripheral arterial occlusive diseases
- Heart failure
- Septic Phlebitis
2- For best use of the compression stockings, it is advised to be worn before a person has to wake up from the bed and stand- and the throughout the day without allowing a chance for developing swelling.
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