Compression stockings may help ease symptoms and prevent problems caused by things like varicose veins, skin ulcers, and deep vein thrombosis. There are different types of stockings, so use the kind that your doctor recommends
for you. You can get them from a medical supply store with a doctor's prescription. Or you can buy them without a prescription at some drugstores.
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:
June 4, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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