Conservative Treatment for Varicose and Spider Veins

Varicose veins and spider veins are caused by swelling of the veins, usually in the lower extremities. The blue, purple or reddish appearance of the dilated veins is caused by a backflow of blood, which is usually the result of malfunctioning valves in the veins.

Surgical varicose vein removal options are available to treat varicose veins, and spider veins can be treated with laser or injection therapy that turns the unwanted blood vessels into faded scar tissue. However, if you’re not ready to elect surgical or injection treatment options, there are more conservative therapy plans available at Atlanta-based Vein Center of Northwest Georgia.

Compression Stockings

Compression stockings, also known as support hose, may resemble nylons or knee-high stockings. They are designed with elastic compression that put varying amounts of pressure on your legs. Compression stockings can help reduce the swelling in your legs as well as alleviate any associated pain or throbbing feelings.

How Do Compression Stockings Work?

A tape measure is used to take measurements of your lower leg. This ensures a proper fit and pressure of your support hose. Properly fitted compression stockings will squeeze your legs gently, helping to move the blood out of the veins in your legs and into more centralized areas of your body. This should be accomplished without causing any pain or discomfort if the support hose fit properly. In order to be effective, compression stockings need to be worn all day.

Although compression stockings can reduce swelling and other symptoms of varicose veins and spider veins, they should not be considered a cure. Varicose vein removal therapies provide more significant and permanent results.

Compression Bandaging

If your varicose veins have led to the development of skin ulcers or a darkening of the skin around the ankles, a vein specialist may recommend compression bandaging. Elastic bands will be wrapped around the leg with the most pressure being applied around the ankles. Compression will gradually decrease as the bands wrap farther up the leg. Compression bandages may be used for several weeks until the swelling in a specific area has been resolved.

If you’re considering the use of compression stockings to treat your varicose veins or spider veins, contact our varicose vein clinic, Vein Center of Northwest Georgia. You’ll need to be measured by our specialists to ensure that your support hose provides the proper compression. You may also discuss other lifestyle changes you can make to help avoid more invasive treatment options down the road.