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.
Very often we are asked this question, what is exactly the difference between Anti-Embolism stockings and the regular medical compression stockings. Can they be used interchangeably? The answer is NO
Let us dwell deeper into this step by step
We all have been wearing socks right from our school days. Can anyone make a mistake while wearing a pair of socks? Really? YES.
Compression stockings are socks with graduated compression therapy which help in relieving various leg circulation issues. If not worn properly it might worsen the condition too.