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Can compression stockings make varicose veins worse?

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Dr. Craig Schwartz
Phlebology
9 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Craig Schwartz
Dr. Craig Schwartz
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4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
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Dr. Norman Chideckel
Surgery - Vascular
3 doctors agree

In brief: Compression stovking

They should not if measured appropriately,and are placed on legs before they are dependent This simulates your legs being elevated

In brief: Compression stovking

They should not if measured appropriately,and are placed on legs before they are dependent This simulates your legs being elevated
Dr. Norman Chideckel
Dr. Norman Chideckel
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Dr. John Landi
Phlebology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. John Landi
Dr. John Landi
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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional

In brief: Sometimes

Symptoms progress and amount of reflux increases with the hose.
If this happens patients need to be treated.

In brief: Sometimes

Symptoms progress and amount of reflux increases with the hose.
If this happens patients need to be treated.
Dr. Michael Korona
Dr. Michael Korona
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