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Compress the Problem

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In the last post we put up, we discussed varicose veins, what they are, what causes them and the health affects they can have on the body. A short review:

  • Varicose veins are caused from pool in the veins of the feet or legs
  • This pooling is caused by long periods of sitting or standing, or by malfunctioning valves in the veins
  • Complications from varicose veins include deep vein thrombosis, embolism in the leg or pulmonary embolism.

    Varicose veins can be eliminated by using compression socks or stockings.

So, you’ve noticed that you have varicose veins on both of your legs. What is the next step? First, you should make an appointment with your doctor to have your legs examined. During this visit, they will most likely talk to you about compression socks. These are long socks that have graduated compression built in to them, meaning that they are tighter at the bottom and are less compressed as you move up the leg to promote blood flow back to the heart.

Your doctor will give you a compression rating. You will use this when you purchase compression socks. The levels of compression vary, from light compression (15-20 mmHg), to medium compression (20-30 mmHg), to high compression (30-40 mmHg). As you would expect, the higher the compression rating, the more severe the varicose vein issues. These socks can also be used in treating lymphedema as well.

Broadway Medical offers compression socks, stockings and hosiery for men and women in various compression ratings so that you can find your ideal solution for your varicose veins. If you’re tired of seeing those blue-green veins crawling up the fronts and backs of your legs, then it’s high time to do something about it. Contact us or browse through our online catalog to find the perfect pair of compression socks for your needs!