Varicose veins are twisted and dilated veins that are commonly found in the lower extremities. The risk factors of this condition include a family history of venous disease, pregnancy, and prolonged standing.
The symptoms of varicose veins range from a mild cosmetic issue to causing serious aches and pains. Individuals who have little or no pain with their varicose veins may be able to resolve their problems with conservative therapy instead of invasive treatments.
Conservative therapy is considered the simplest form of treatment for any vein related issues. It is basically self-care treatment you can do at home to help treat a variety of vein issues. One of the most common forms of conservative therapy involves the use of compression stockings. Other ways to practice conservative therapy at home include avoiding standing or sitting for long periods and keeping your legs elevated. Even going on a diet and exercising to help prevent weight gain is a form of conservative vein treatment.
Compression stockings or hosiery are commonly used in conservative treatment for varicose veins and spider veins. Compression socks effectively work by compressing the veins to help keep them collapsed. They assist with emptying out the blood and pushing more into the body’s deep venous system.
By reducing the venous pressure in the leg, compression stockings also help to decrease any leg swelling or edema that occurs.
There are several different types of compression hosiery available that patients can either buy or get a prescription for from their doctor. This can include knee and thigh high stockings of different lengths and various compression strengths. If you are unsure about which type of compression stockings to purchase, you can always ask one of our experts here at BASS Vein Center for assistance with this decision.
Conservative vein treatment is a good option for anyone who has mild vein issues and does not necessarily require invasive treatment or surgery. It is an excellent option for anyone who wants to remove the appearance of unsightly varicose or spider veins strictly for cosmetic reasons. This form of therapy is also considered to be the best option for women who are pregnant or anyone who cannot undergo medical treatment for their vein issues due to their age or illness.
While conservative vein treatment may work for many patients, for some it is simply not enough to help eliminate the symptoms of varicose veins and spider veins. Fortunately, there are more treatment options available to help. If you are interested in learning more about options for varicose veins in the Walnut Creek or East Bay Area, get in touch with our team at BASS Vein Center today.
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