Varicose veins in the legs are a common disease among women of all ages. With early detection, it is possible to do without surgical intervention and stop the progression of pathological processes, and prevent serious complications. Conservative treatment involves an integrated approach, and one of its components is the wearing of compression stockings for varicose veins. Also, these products are recommended to be worn for prophylactic purposes by women who have the greatest risk of developing varicose veins (with significant physical exertion on the legs, family predisposition, hormonal disruptions, etc.).
Stockings against varicose veins are made of dense elastic material, including lycra, microfiber, rubber and cotton threads. Legs in such stockings fit snugly, but at the same time the skin breathes well, there are no uncomfortable sensations. Having a compressive effect, corrective stockings provide narrowing of the veins dilated with varicose veins, which leads to an acceleration of blood flow, preventing blood clotting.
How to choose compression stockings for varicose veins?
Compression stockings differ in compression classes (compression levels), which are selected depending on the degree of damage to the veins:
- Grade 1 (up to 23 mm Hg) – shown at a stage characterized by the appearance of spider veins, enlarged veins, pain in the evening;
- Grade 2 (up to 33 mm Hg) – in the presence of severe edema, thrombophlebitis;
- Grade 3 (up to 45 mm Hg) – with severe venous insufficiency, trophic disorders.
It is important to correctly determine the size of the stockings, for which four measurements should be taken:
- lower leg circumference above the ankle;
- girth of the lower leg from above under the knee;
- thigh circumference at a height of 25 cm from the knee;
- leg length.
Using the table on the product packaging, using these parameters, you can easily select the appropriate stocking size. Thanks to a wide range, you can choose different colors of compression stockings, and for the warm season – models of thin material with an open toe.
How to wear compression stockings for varicose veins?
Experts recommend wearing compression stockings at all times, with the exception of night time and a short day break. It is recommended to wear them in the morning immediately after sleep, without getting out of bed. Every 3-6 months it is necessary to purchase new stockings.