22 Feb 2024

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Do compression socks help prevent varicose veins?

Do compression socks help prevent varicose veins? 

People living with daily pain and swelling associated with varicose veins in Florida often seek treatment at the Varicose Vein Center in Miami. They may want to know how to “cure” the condition, or whether over-the-counter treatments such as compression socks really help.

The good news is that compression socks can provide relief from many of the daily symptoms.

How do compression socks relieve varicose vein symptoms?

Abella Health interventional cardiologist, Dr. Abella, recommends compression socks to prevent varicose veins, and reduce symptoms.

Here are his suggestions.

  • Purchase the size and style prescribed by your vein center doctor, and plan to wear them every day.
  • Wear compression socks all day, especially when you plan to be on your feet for many hours or sit for a prolonged period. Some doctors recommend putting on the socks as soon as you rise in the morning, and removing them immediately before you begin your bedtime routine,
  • The gentle pressure prevents blood backup, which causes vessel weakness and inefficiency. This vein incompetency leads to varicose veins.
  • Remember that most insurance companies will not cover varicose vein treatments and procedures, such as Sclerotherapy, unless a patient consistently wears prescribed compression socks for several weeks first.

How long does it take to achieve symptom relief with compression socks?

Many people experience symptom relief from the very first day of wearing compression socks. Research confirms that most people see significant improvement over time.

Varicose veins may be a symptom of undiagnosed cardiac or vessel disease. Talk to a vein center specialist to learn more about compression socks, and other non-invasive treatments for varicose veins. If you have concerns about cardiac health, schedule an appointment with Dr. Abella today.

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