How Can Compression Stockings Help Improve My Circulation?

Varicose veins are enlarged and swollen veins that may be painful and may affect the blood flow in your legs. Many patients with varicose vein conditions are advised to wear compression stockings because they put pressure on your lower leg and this helps improve your circulation. The stockings will also lessen the swelling and discomfort that tends to accompany varicose veins and, perhaps most importantly, the stockings will help to lessen the risk of getting a blood clot in your leg.

Evidence from Medical Research

“Cochrane” reviews look at all the evidence in an area of medical enquiry, and there has been a Cochrane review of compression stockings worn on flights to help prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

The study found that the stockings resulted in a significant reduction in DVT in aircraft passengers. So significant, in fact, that the risk reduction went from a few tens for every thousand passengers, to two or three individuals per thousand – a very impressive result.

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Since DVT results from poor circulation because people are not moving about on an aircraft, we can assume similar results in improving circulation for people in their daily life.

For this reason, compression stockings have been widely adopted for both men and women in hospital wards, because patients may be immobile and they are therefore be much more prone to circulatory events such as DVT. If you have varicose veins, you should consider using compression stockings such as those from, to help cut your risk, especially if you are waiting to have with one of the newer high-technology varicose vein treatments carried out.

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Patients will be advised what level of compression they need and their legs will be measured to ensure properly fitting stockings. Patients will also be reminded that the stockings don’t eliminate the problem – they simply help with some of the symptoms of varicose veins.

Compression Stockings: Not For Everyone

However, many patients feel that the stockings are cosmetically unappealing and decide to opt for a more permanent treatment. Options for treating varicose veins have improved markedly in recent years, and it is not always necessary to have surgery under a general anaesthetic. Make sure that the doctor you talk to about varicose vein treatment is qualified and experienced in this area before you agree to a treatment.