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Compression stockings may be used for problems like varicose veins, skin ulcers, and deep vein thrombosis. But there are different types of stockings, and they need to fit right. So your doctor will recommend what you need.
These stockings are the most common treatment for varicose veins. They help the blood circulate in your legs. This can prevent skin ulcers and keep blood from building up in the legs.
Prescription stockings are tightest at the foot. They get less and less tight farther up on your legs.
The kind you buy without a prescription have lighter elastic. So the pressure is even all the way up the leg. These don't cost as much. But they don't provide the compression you need to treat serious symptoms or prevent skin ulcers.
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Current as of: March 4, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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