Varicose Veins RSS
Before explaining how does compression stockings help in varicose veins, let us go back to understanding of what are varicose veins and compression stockings.
Varicose veins are conditions of venous insufficiency which are visible in the form of the blue-green swollen or knotted veins found at the calf area of the leg.
Venous insufficiency is a condition that occurs when the venous valves are not efficient in the leg veins to return blood back to heart.
Compression stockings use graduated compression therapy wherein the maximum pressure is exerted at the ankle which decreases towards the calf.
The basic definition according to the NHS website is
“Varicose veins are swollen and enlarged veins that usually occur on the legs and feet. They may be blue or dark purple and are often lumpy, bulging or twisted in appearance.”
To understand this better, let us get into a bit of human anatomy
We all know that arteries carry pure blood from the heart to the body parts and the veins carry impure blood from the body parts to the heart for purification. What needs to be understood here is, the arteries travel in the direction of gravity making the flow easier. But for the veins they travel against the gravity which makes it less easy.