Latest Trends in Compression Stockings
Compression stockings are a common component in most vein treatments today. However, many patients find the idea of compression socks unpalatable, invoking images of blue-haired ladies and walkers. Now, thanks to a new focus on compression stockings from the fashion world, these therapeutic garments are appealing to a much wider, fashion-conscious demographic today.
What are Compression Stockings?
These specialized socks offer graduated compression that is tighter at the foot and loosens as the sock moves up the leg. The purpose of compression stockings is to improve circulation in the lower leg and relieve uncomfortable symptoms that often accompany varicose veins. They may be prescribed alone or in combination with other vein procedures like laser therapy to promote healing of the treated area and prevent swelling and complications. They are also frequently used after some types of surgery to reduce the risk of blood clot formation.
In the past, compression stockings were primarily offered by pharmacies and hospitals. Because the recipients of these garments were typically older men and women, the socks were traditionally non-descript and usually hidden under long pants. However, as younger patients have been tuning into the benefit of compression therapy, the look of compression stockings has evolved as well.
A New Look
As designers have taken on the challenge of making compression stockings more attractive, new styles have emerged. Whether you choose a knee-high version, thigh-highs or compression tights, you will have plenty of options to choose from. Bold hues and patterns will now integrate seamlessly with your wardrobe, so you don’t have to let anyone know your secret. The stylish socks have been particularly popular with frequent travelers that have found compression stockings essential in preventing blood clots and keeping legs fresh and pain-free on busy travel days.
Fashionable compression hosiery is now available from many vein doctors today as well. This ensures you get all the support you need for you vein condition, without sacrificing style. By purchasing compression stockings through your physician, you can rest assured you will be getting the precise amount of compression you need for optimal vein health.
In addition to various styles, compression stockings also come in an assortment of strengths that allow us to customize the stockings to the unique needs of each patient. Whether you need to wear your socks for a couple of weeks after your vein procedure or long-term to prevent future vein problems, there are plenty of compression socks to choose from today. To learn more about your options in compression stockings, contact PCI Vein Center at 319-774-8432.