Those who suffer with very mild varicose veins can usually wear support stockings to help ease the symptoms. While they may not necessarily require treatment, that doesn’t stop mild varicose veins from causing aches, pains and swelling. The use of compression stockings is often recommended, though are they really an effective treatment?
How effective are they?
There’s a reason support stockings are commonly recommended for the treatment of mild varicose veins and that’s because they can be extremely effective. However, that said, it is important to remember they are only a temporary solution and will not eliminate the varicose veins completely. They are simply designed to ease the symptoms and make life more comfortable, particularly during the day.
There are different types of support stockings available, but short-stretch, elasticated support stockings are used to improve blood flow within the calf muscles and reduce ambulatory venous hypertension. This reduces the likelihood of the varicose veins getting worse and also eases the painful, uncomfortable symptoms associated with the condition.
Whilst they can be extremely effective, they are not 100% guaranteed to stop the progression of venous disease.
Are they right for you?
It is highly recommended you seek advice from a vein specialist to determine how severe the condition is. Support stockings should only be worn to treat very mild varicose veins, or as a temporary aid until more permanent treatment is undergone.
Varicose veins aren’t generally dangerous, but they do have the potential to progress into a more severe health issue. Untreated varicose veins have been known to cause blood clots, which can travel up towards the heart. If left untreated, this can prove to be fatal. It’s rare, but it can happen.
Even if you do only have mild varicose veins, you need to consider whether you’re happy to wear support stockings consistently. Remember, they will never eliminate the varicose veins so unless an alternative treatment is sought, you would need to wear the stockings indefinitely.
Overall, getting the veins treated with a more permanent solution, such as laser treatment, is a much more effective solution. Book a consultation at the Cornwall Vein Clinic now to discover which type of treatment would be better for you.