Compression Hose

The medical community has long known about the benefits that come from compression hose for conservative management. In fact, the first medical uses date back to the 19th century. As far as varicose and spider veins are concerned, this seemingly out-of-date conservative therapy method reigns supreme when it comes to improving fatigue, aching and other unpleasant sensations associated with these venous disorders.

Unfortunately, all compression hose aren’t created equal. At Windward Vein, we highly encourage our patients to choose the Sigvaris brand of compression hose. We’ve found that when it comes to quality and price, few other compression hose on the market can compare.

Why wear compression hose?

Compression hose are a leg saver when it comes to supporting any early stages of varicose and spider veins as well as helping with the prevention of them. Varicose veins are veins that appear just beneath the surface of the skin, and it’s this surface position of the vein that makes them vulnerable to stretching and creates visible bulges. Veins that are deeper within the leg are supported by layers of muscle tissues and bone, which means they are controlled and supported.

Superficial veins are not supported by muscle tissues; they are simply surrounded by a layer of skin that is prone to stretching, movement and vulnerable to outside injury. Compression hose are an added support system for these weakened veins that take on extra blood volume when the deep veins become insufficient to hold any pooling blood. Compression hose come in different strengths to help support these superficial veins, as though there is muscle tissue to help control the stretching and bulging.

Compression hose are the first level of treatment we start with at Windward Vein since they can prevent the early stages of varicose and spider veins from developing further. Although they are always the answer to preventing spider and varicose veins, we begin here and recommend our virtually painless treatments to follow. Compression hose are also a secondary support after treatment.

Why is it important your doctor prescribe them?

It’s important that compression hose are worn properly, it’s not enough to simply put them on. Since compression hose come in a variety of strengths, you should only wear them as your doctor prescribes. Wearing compression hose that are too tight or too loose can do more harm than good.

Compression hose offered by Sigvaris are available in a wide array of styles, sizes and compression strengths. Luckily our vein center is a certified dealer of Sigvaris hosiery, and we have many qualified staff members on hand to help you discover the correct hose for the best results.

How do you wear compression hose?

Choosing the correct compression strength is the first step in treating varicose veins with compression hose, but it’s important that you understand how to wear them. They can be difficult to wear depending on how tight they are, so it’s not as easy as wearing women’s pantyhose. Compression hose are the first method of treatment, and so they are worn first thing when you wake up and stand upright.

It’s best to wear these hose on the affected leg (or both) before you have risen and begun walking around. The reason for this is because the blood hasn’t had a chance to move down to the rest of the body so the legs haven’t had a chance to swell. It’s recommended to have them by the side of the bed so you don’t forget to put them on first thing.

To put on your compression hose, you begin at the toes and slide the foot all the way in. After the foot is completely covered to the ankle, you then gather the hose and pull up in increments, all the way up to the mid-thigh area. Of course, depending on your particular needs your compression hose may only go up to above the knee. Should the hose ride down throughout the day it’s best to pull them into place as soon as you can for the best results.

To have your compression hose prescribed by Dr. Wong, and to schedule your complimentary consultation, please call Windward Vein today.

Sign Up for Monthly Specials

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Windward Vein, Heart, Medispa