Compression stockings can improve blood flow and help relieve the symptoms of varicose veins. Specially fitted, or graduated, compression stockings are tightest at the foot. They gradually loosen as they fit higher on the leg.
If your doctor recommends compression stockings, wear them during the day to help relieve symptoms.
Compression stockings can be expensive. They may be hard to put on, and it may take you awhile to get used to wearing them all day. But if they fit right, they should be snug but comfortable. If you have problems wearing the stockings, be sure to talk to your doctor.
Avoid elastic bandages for varicose veins unless your doctor specifically suggests them. If this type of bandage is recommended, ask how to wrap it.
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