About Varicose Veins

What are varicoseveins? 


Varicose veins are the veins under the skin of legs, which havebulged & widened. There are mainly two main systems of veins in the legs:

Deep veins:  Theseveins are squeezed by the leg muscles while walking. They carry most of theblood back up the legs to the heart.

Superficial veins: These are placed under the skin which arecomparatively less important and generally transform into varicose veins.

All these veins have one-way valves to ensure that the bloodflow is towards the heart. Failure in the functioning of these valves allowsblood to flow in the wrong direction, down the veins and results in an overloadon the veins when standing.  This pressureleads to bulging &widening of the veins so that they do not closeproperly.  Blood then moves back in thelegs along these veins & causes varicose veins.

 

What causes varicoseveins?


The main causes of varicose veins are increasing age andpregnancy.

As one gets older, the veins tend to lose its elasticitycausing them to stretch. The valves become weak, allowing blood to flowbackward. Blood accumulates in the veins , enlarging them and forming them intovaricose.

Pregnancy increases the volume of blood in your body, butdecreases the flow of blood from your legs to your pelvis. This circulatorychange is designed to support the growing fetus, but it can produce anunfortunate side effect — enlarged veins in your legs.


The other causes thatmay worsen the condition are


·        Obesity.

·        Standing or sitting for long period of time.

 

What are varicoseveins stockings?


Varicose veins stockings or compression stockings are leghugging long socks which provides therapeutic warmth to the affected area.These socks are generally made up of knitted virgin medical elastic whichprovides an optimum compression and support to the bulging veins.

 

Are varicose veinsstockings useful?


Compression Stockings are extremely effective in controllingsymptoms and preventing further skin complications.  They are only effective if worn regularly.

There is aminor risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) post-surgery,which can be reduced by wearing compression stockings.

Simple measures such as wearing varicose veins stockingsshall control the symptoms for many. Stockings helps to prevent progression or enlargement of varicose veins.

 

What are the factorsto be considered while buying a pair of stockings?


Varicose veins stockings are readily and easily available inthe conventional as well as online market places. They are available in variousdifferent sizes. Things one should consider while taking a buying call are:

·        The stockings should be from a recentlymanufactured batch lot. As over a period of time (7 months+) the elastic tendsto lose its compactness.

·        The stockings should be made up of knittedvirgin medical elastic.

·        One should correctly adhere to the sizeguidelines (as mentioned by the brand) before selecting the compressionstocking size.

·        The stockings should have approved qualitystandards in order to ensure the product durability.