Can compression stockings make varicose veins worse?

Absolutely Not. In fact, compresssion stockings are often the 1st line of management for treatment of symptomatic varicosites, along with daily elevation of the limbs and an adequate exercise regimen - known as "consevative care". The stockings act to help keep blood flowing through the limb, and diminsh the venous pooling, which leads to venous hypertension, eventually causing the bulging, dilated varicose veins.
No. Actually compression stockings (especially the prescription kind) make varicose veins better and can prevent new varicose veins from forming. This is because the compression drives blood into the deeper veins of the leg while preventing blood from pooling in the veins just under the skin--the varicose veins.
Compression stovking. They should not if measured appropriately,and are placed on legs before they are dependent This simulates your legs being elevated.
Compression socks. Compression stockings should improve varicose veins by decreasing the venous pressure in the veins and increasing the venous return of blood to the heart. Compression hose do not make varicose veins go away. The hose should fit properly and be neither too tight or too loose.
Sometimes. Symptoms progress and amount of reflux increases with the hose. If this happens patients need to be treated.

Related Questions

What do compression stockings do for varicose veins? In what way do they help?

Reduce pressure. Varicose veins are caused by venous valve dysfunction which leads to venous hypertension (elevated pressure in the veins). Compression stockings reduce venous hypertension. Read more...
Helps with symptoms. They help to treat the symptoms associated with varicose veins, but they do not make them disappear. Stockings help your veins work better and lessen the likelihood of complications over time. If your legs ache, feel tired or heavy or have swelling, stockings will help all of these symptoms; however, they do not cure the problem -they just help to manage it. Read more...
Pressure. By providing external pressure to the veins, they don't allow them to have as much blood flow backwards as would otherwise be the case. This reduces swelling and pain. The treatment is not curative. See miamibeachvein.Com to learn more. Read more...
Compression stocking. These compression stockings do not ridge you of varicose veins, but they do help in prevention of the symptoms and worsening of the varicose veins. The symptoms may include swelling, discomfort, heaviness, tiredness, and itching sensation of the affected extremity. In order to obtain the maximum benefit places stocking on the leg prior to its being dependent. Read more...

If I wear compression stockings only at night can it sill help my varicose veins? What are a good least cumbersome kind to wear?

Not really. At night I assume you are sleeping. The fact you would be in bed and not standing would negate the need for the compression as no gravity there.....you need the compressn hoosiery when standing to counteract gravity. Of course if you work at night and are not sleeping then that would be good time to wear them. Read more...
Just the opposite. Need to wear during day when you are up and active. Only need to wear knee highs and 15-20 mmHg compression to start Jobst / SigVarus are the best. Read more...
Stockings. the need for compression stocking is during daily activities.to get the best outcomes place the stocking on the legs prior to daly activities when you sleep there is no benefit to use stockings as your legs are elevated and closer to the level of the heart. Read more...

Are compression stockings, as a first line of defense for varicose veins, just putting off the inevitable resultant surgical procedure in most people?

Good treatment. Depending on the state of advancement in your disease the stockings may halt or significantly reduce the progression of varicosity development. Surgery is not without consequence or risks. Read more...
Yes and no. Knee high compression stockings can be very effective in treating the symptoms of varicose veins and may may make surgery unnecessary. They certainly won't hurt. Read more...
Yes. Stockings are not curative. They may slow progression and improve symptoms. See a vein specialist or phlebologist to learn what your options are. If someone tells you hat you require vein stripping, get a second opinion. Read more...

Are there such a thing as zippered compression stockings for varicose vein leg symtoms? Regular pull up types are too difficult to deal with.

Zippered compression. Yes there are zippered compression stockings. You can find them online or at medical supply companies. . Read more...
Zippered hose. There are several companies that make zippered compression hose. Go on the Jobst stockings website and you should be able to find zippered compression hose. Read more...

Can a surgeon remove a blood clot in a varicose vein if it is found by ulrasound testing? What happens besides compression stockings and thinners?

Can be. It can be done, and that procedure is called thrombectomy or embolectomy. However, in the veins of the calf or upper legs, blood thinners are more standard of care treatment once diagnosis made. Compression stockings can help prevent , although best prevention is use of muscles by regular exercise and activity. Blood thinning prevents clot growth and the body will break it down (fibrinolysis). . Read more...

Have varicose veins & saphenous vein valve not working. Why worse when using compression stocking or sitting/elevating leg? Heaviness, tingling foot.

Due to something els. You may have pelvic venous obstruction that would be made worse by support stockings and sitting. You may not be able to elevate you legs high enough without being bed to give relief. A venous ultrasound which usually looks at the legs would not necessarily diagnose your problem. You should consult a physician who specializes in venous diseases. Read more...
Varicose vein Rx. Varicose veins are due to malfunctioning (refluxing) valves of the saphenous system of veins. Wearing compression hose is a medical management of the veins but it does not treat the underlying valve problem. If compression does not improve your systems or worsens them then you require a closure procedure to seal the leaking valves. See a vein specialist for a full venous evaluation and treatment. Read more...

My surgeon recommends compression stockings grade II for my varicose vains. How much?

Compression. Yes, so long as this is directed from your clinician. We need to know that your arteries are okay and then we can determine the correct level of compression. The levels of compression are measured in millimeters of mercury pressure. Read more...
Compression Levels. Compression stockings (support hose) are graded based on how much compression they provide, and will be labeled with this as a range stated: xx-xx mmhg. Grade 2 compression is 20-30-mmhg this compression level is only provided when properly fitted and sized. If fitted improperly, the actual compression provided by the hose could be higher or lower that what that garment is labeled. Read more...

I don't have varicose veins, but my doctor recommended support stockings due to redness in my knees to prevent it. Are 20-30 compression knee highs good?

Varicose veins. A mild compression knee high support hose can lessen edema. 20-30 is likely good. More importantly not too tight, put on early after awakening, and check with your pcp regarding the "redness" @ your knee. Phlebitis, cellulitis, diabetes, etc. Can make wearing them difficult. Read more...
Yes. You do not have varicose veins and you have noticed redness in your knees. Compression stockings are good for people standing long durations. They are difficult to wear everyday. The redness in the knees may not get better with the stocking so try 1 pair first and if it gets better then buy more. Read more...
See vein specialistc. Significant venous disease of the leg often presents with skin changes just above the ankle on the inside of the leg. Compression stockings can help slow the progression if you have vein disease but stockings do not treat the underlying problem. If you are going to wear stockings I would suggest having an evaluation by a specialist in venous disease. Read more...
Maybe not. It is usually recommended that 20-30 mm Hg stockings be used, but often thigh-high are necessary rather than knee high. Most patients have venous reflux located in the thigh great saphenous vein, so thigh highs are usually better. An ultrasound documenting your reflux would help decide. Also consider treatment of the reflux with saphenous ablation. Consult w/ a vascular surgeon vein specialist. Read more...
Varicose veins. that compression is ok you would do better being evaluated to determine if there is a vein issue. the simplest test is avenues doppler ultrasound. otherwise i am unsure what the stoking will accomplish, if your only symptom is redness around your knees. Read more...