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Can you tell me if there are good shoes to wear for varicose veins?

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Dr. Laura Pak
Surgery - Vascular
10 doctors agree

In brief: Socks not shoes

Wearing compression socks makes the biggest difference with varicose veins.
The best type to get are graduated compression, so they give more squeeze at the foot and ankle. Shoes should be comfortable, so that you stay active. Not the shoe itself, but the activity helps the veins.

In brief: Socks not shoes

Wearing compression socks makes the biggest difference with varicose veins.
The best type to get are graduated compression, so they give more squeeze at the foot and ankle. Shoes should be comfortable, so that you stay active. Not the shoe itself, but the activity helps the veins.
Dr. Laura Pak
Dr. Laura Pak
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Dr. Lornell Hansen
I would recommend against wearing high heels.
Dr. Ted King
Research has also shown that having flat feet or high arches can lead to more trouble with venous insufficiency. Flat feet is the bigger problem. Graduated compression stockings are important, but if you have flat feet and varicose veins, a trip to see a podiatrist could be helpful.
Dr. James White
Cosmetic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Stockings

Varicose veins are the result of venous reflux and stasis or stagnation of pooled blood in the veins of the lower extremities.
Standing in one position for long periods of time can cause progression of enlargement of the veins. Compression stocking therapy is more important than specialty shoes. 20-30 mm hg knee length compression stockings are a good start for compression therapy.

In brief: Stockings

Varicose veins are the result of venous reflux and stasis or stagnation of pooled blood in the veins of the lower extremities.
Standing in one position for long periods of time can cause progression of enlargement of the veins. Compression stocking therapy is more important than specialty shoes. 20-30 mm hg knee length compression stockings are a good start for compression therapy.
Dr. James White
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Flats

Besides graduated compression stockings as drs.
Pak and morrison mentioned, you are better off wearing flatter shoes. High heels might accentuate the appearance of your calves but they don't increase the use of those muscles. Using calf muscles helps with venous return from your legs. Wearing high heels won't give you varicose veins but better venous return will make your legs feel better.

In brief: Flats

Besides graduated compression stockings as drs.
Pak and morrison mentioned, you are better off wearing flatter shoes. High heels might accentuate the appearance of your calves but they don't increase the use of those muscles. Using calf muscles helps with venous return from your legs. Wearing high heels won't give you varicose veins but better venous return will make your legs feel better.
Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Compression socks

The best answer is to see a vein specialist to treat the disease.
Much easier process now, in office, no vein stripping. Wear compression socks or stockings, medical graduated compression to aid venous return and decrease swelling, and other symptoms until they are treated: www.Phlebology.Org to look for a vein specialist. We are local: www.Morrisonvein.Com or morrisonvein.Org.

In brief: Compression socks

The best answer is to see a vein specialist to treat the disease.
Much easier process now, in office, no vein stripping. Wear compression socks or stockings, medical graduated compression to aid venous return and decrease swelling, and other symptoms until they are treated: www.Phlebology.Org to look for a vein specialist. We are local: www.Morrisonvein.Com or morrisonvein.Org.
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
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Dr. Norman Chideckel
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: Shoes

unclear as to if shoes play a role in varicose vein development

In brief: Shoes

unclear as to if shoes play a role in varicose vein development
Dr. Norman Chideckel
Dr. Norman Chideckel
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Dr. John Landi
Phlebology

In brief: Shoes and VV

Varicose veins are due to refluxing (malfunctioning) valves of the veins and the treatment is to close the leaking valves.
Types of shoes that you wear will not improve the veins. There is also thought that high heels will disturb the weight distribution on the legs and lead to varicose veins. If you have a vein problem then see a vein specialist for recommendations.

In brief: Shoes and VV

Varicose veins are due to refluxing (malfunctioning) valves of the veins and the treatment is to close the leaking valves.
Types of shoes that you wear will not improve the veins. There is also thought that high heels will disturb the weight distribution on the legs and lead to varicose veins. If you have a vein problem then see a vein specialist for recommendations.
Dr. John Landi
Dr. John Landi
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