19 doctors weighed in:
Compression stockings help with chronic venous insufficiency?
19 doctors weighed in

Dr. Mark Nielsen
Phlebology
8 doctors agree
In brief: Yep...sure can
Compression stockings can be very useful and actually the primary treatment in those patients with venous insufficiency, whether of the deep veins or the superficial veins.
They aid in lessening the distention of varicose veins which causes aching, decreasing fluid accumulation in the tissues, and also help by decreasing inflammation.

In brief: Yep...sure can
Compression stockings can be very useful and actually the primary treatment in those patients with venous insufficiency, whether of the deep veins or the superficial veins.
They aid in lessening the distention of varicose veins which causes aching, decreasing fluid accumulation in the tissues, and also help by decreasing inflammation.
Dr. Mark Nielsen
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Dr. Douglas Joyce
Phlebology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Help but not treat
Compression stockings can relieve the symptoms of venous insufficiency but they do not address the underlying problem which is dysfunction of the vein valves.
It is like putting a broken arm in a sling. It will help the pain while the sling is on but will do nothing to heal the arm. A specialist in venous disease can diagnose and treat this disease with excellent results.

In brief: Help but not treat
Compression stockings can relieve the symptoms of venous insufficiency but they do not address the underlying problem which is dysfunction of the vein valves.
It is like putting a broken arm in a sling. It will help the pain while the sling is on but will do nothing to heal the arm. A specialist in venous disease can diagnose and treat this disease with excellent results.
Dr. Douglas Joyce
Dr. Douglas Joyce
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Dr. William Forsythe
Emergency Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
This helps reduce the pressure that builds up in the veins, causing congestion, swelling and can lead to venous insufficiency and possibly varicose veins or wounds on legs.
Radio frequency or laser ablation often helps improve these veins and their symptoms, or microphlebectomy. Exercise by walking at least 20 minutes 3 times a week will help blood flow as well by activating the muscles in the leg.

In brief: Yes
This helps reduce the pressure that builds up in the veins, causing congestion, swelling and can lead to venous insufficiency and possibly varicose veins or wounds on legs.
Radio frequency or laser ablation often helps improve these veins and their symptoms, or microphlebectomy. Exercise by walking at least 20 minutes 3 times a week will help blood flow as well by activating the muscles in the leg.
Dr. William Forsythe
Dr. William Forsythe
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Dr. Steven Zimmet
Aesthetic Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes, to a point
Veins return blood to the heart.
Cvi occurs when there is reduced flow or pooling in leg veins, causing leg swelling, inflammation, &ulceration. Most common cause is when the one-way valves don't work well, leading to venous reflux, or back flow, with blood pooling in the veins. Compression stockings reduce the pooling & thus help. Other treatments may be very good. See a vein specialist for help.

In brief: Yes, to a point
Veins return blood to the heart.
Cvi occurs when there is reduced flow or pooling in leg veins, causing leg swelling, inflammation, &ulceration. Most common cause is when the one-way valves don't work well, leading to venous reflux, or back flow, with blood pooling in the veins. Compression stockings reduce the pooling & thus help. Other treatments may be very good. See a vein specialist for help.
Dr. Steven Zimmet
Dr. Steven Zimmet
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes, not definitive
As the other doctors have said, compression stockings can help reduce the symptoms of cvi but they don't fix the problem. You need to see a vein specialist who can assess the problem and do a venous ultrasound evaluation so that more definitive treatment can be offered.

In brief: Yes, not definitive
As the other doctors have said, compression stockings can help reduce the symptoms of cvi but they don't fix the problem. You need to see a vein specialist who can assess the problem and do a venous ultrasound evaluation so that more definitive treatment can be offered.
Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King
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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care
In brief: Venous Ulcer RX
Compression is the key to treating venous stasis ulcerations.
In a comprehensive wound care center, there are many different types of compression used. First, make sure that the level of compression that is being used is safe to use. Your wound care professionals will be able to assist you through this process.

In brief: Venous Ulcer RX
Compression is the key to treating venous stasis ulcerations.
In a comprehensive wound care center, there are many different types of compression used. First, make sure that the level of compression that is being used is safe to use. Your wound care professionals will be able to assist you through this process.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Dr. Scott Bolhack
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