Compression stockings and Varicose veins
Using light compression stockings can reduce the feeling of heaviness in the legs, especially after standing for long periods of time. Airline stewardesses who wear light compression stockings (15 - 20 mm Hg) report markedly less leg edema (swelling) and less aching, tiredness and discomfort in the legs. Another benefit of wearing such support stockings during air travel is that it reduces the likelihood of forming clots in the legs. For venous insufficeincy, compression garments with 20 - 30 mm Hg pressure should be used. Higher compression stockings for patients who have had deep vein thrombosis and post phlebitic syndrome.