How do compression stockings work ?
Compression stockings provide external compression and thus limit the ability of distensible veins to distend. Therefore, narrowed varicose veins will limit their ability to hold bold, especially if there is incompetent or leaky vein valves, as in patients with venous insufficiency.
Published studies have also shown that after 15 minutes of wearing compression stockings, there is improvement the oxygenation of the skin (cutaneous oxygenation).
Patients with clinically significant venous insufficiency report improved symptoms when they wear graduated compression stocking - less pain, less heaviness in the legs, less aching of the legs, less tiredness of the legs, less cramping and throbbing of the legs and less leg swelling at the end of the day.
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Hratch L Karamanoukian MD FACS RVT RPVI RPhS