Compression Therapy & Controlling Varicose Vein Symptoms
Varicose veins aren’t just a cosmetic issue. They come packaged with a number of frustrating symptoms: itching, swelling, and cramping, to name a few. If you’re struggling with varicose veins, it’s ideal to visit the best vein specialist in Orlando, Dr. John Horowitz, at Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center. Our minimally invasive procedures will leave your legs looking beautiful again, as well as take care of those pesky symptoms that can make it uncomfortable to go through the day.
If you have a venous insufficiency, then you should seek out treatment. In the meantime, compression therapy is an option for keeping the symptoms under control until you can have a procedure like endovenous laser treatment (EVLT). Keep in mind that compression therapy treats symptoms and is not a cure for varicose veins. This legwear is only able to offer a limited amount of help while you’re wearing them but, for some, that temporary relief may be enough to make it through the day without terribly aching, throbbing legs.
To understand how compression stockings can offer relief, it’s important to understand varicose veins. This condition is caused by a vein valve that no longer functions properly. As a result, blood pools in the veins and causes them to swell. The result is spindly, visible veins and achy legs. The goal of compression therapy is to treat the symptoms by preventing blood from pooling. This legwear applies pressure to help the vein valves work as they’re supposed to.
How is a tight sock supposed to help blood flow? The answer is gradient compression. The legwear is designed to be tightest at the ankle, and then it gradually applies less pressure higher up the leg. This helps the veins pump blood upwards more efficiently, instead of letting it overstay its welcome in the lower leg. As a result, the wearer experiences relief from varicose vein symptoms, and they can go through their day without being distracted by leg pain.
When it comes to compression legwear, everyone has different needs. You may have an acquaintance with legwear they don’t need after they have seen a specialist, but resist borrowing theirs. There’s a possibility that they didn’t need the same level of compression that you do. If you’re going to use compression therapy, talk to a professional at Central Florida Vein & Vascular Care for advice. Compression therapy comes in a variety of compression levels based on the needs of the wearer. Visit us if you’re considering symptom-relieving therapy for varicose veins to get a compression level that is most appropriate for you.
Most importantly, remember that compression therapy only treats the symptoms of varicose veins and does not fix them. Varicose veins, when left untreated, can get worse over time. To get rid of varicose veins, make sure to visit the best vein specialists in Orlando at Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center. Our knowledgeable team will put together a treatment plan that’s best for you. Call us at 407-545-3385 or 352-658-5547 to schedule your appointment today. You can also browse our blogs for more information pertaining to vein health.