Compression stockings are an excellent tool for your vein health. They help improve your circulation, reduce swelling and leg pain, and are great for preventative care. They are a critical part of the aftercare process when you receive vein treatment. So before you come into our clinic for treatment, it’s best to familiarize yourself with these tools and how they can help alleviate your vein health symptoms and improve your recovery after treatment.
How do compression socks help?
When you first start exploring compression socks, the tightness might surprise you. In fact, compression socks come in differing tightness levels to apply the correct level of pressure to your legs. The extra layers of pressure help to improve the blood flow in your legs back up to your heart. Improving the blood flow helps to reduce some of the symptoms of lower venous insufficiency, such as leg swelling, pain, and blood clots.
Compression socks are an important tool for your vein health. Before receiving vein treatment, your doctor may prescribe them to help alleviate your symptoms. Higher-grade compression socks that put more pressure on your legs may require a prescription. Lower-grade compression socks are usually available without a prescription. After you receive vein treatment, properly wearing the right grade of compression socks will be a part of your aftercare process to help facilitate the healing process.
Now that you know why compression socks are so important, it’s time to start wearing them. But don’t be surprised if they are tough to put on! It’s a struggle for most patients at first. So if you’re tired of wrestling with your socks every day, we can help. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best tips to make the process easier for you!
Make sure you have the right compression sock tools
Some simple tools can make the process a whole lot easier. Try using:
- Rubber gloves. Ribbed rubber gloves are your best friend when putting on compression socks. They make it easier to put on the material without making a hole, and the ridges are great for smoothing out wrinkles.
- A foot slipcover: A silky foot cover is a great way to make the initial process of putting on your socks easier. The silky fabric covers your toes and the first part of your foot, so it’s easier for the material to slide onto your leg.
- Baby powder or cornstarch: A dusting of baby powder or cornstarch on your legs helps them to slide on a little easier and may prevent skin irritation.
- A stocking donner: This handy tool is great for mobility issues. It’s a wireframe cage that you place the sock on. It stretches the opening, so it’s easier to slide your foot in and pull it up.
Try the Sock Puppet Method
There are plenty of different methods for putting on socks, but the sock puppet method is one of the most effective. Here’s how it works:
Insert your hand into the sock as if it were a sock puppet, so your fingers go all the way to the toe.
- Turn the sock inside out by folding it in half with your hand still inside and bring the heel to the forefront.
- Slide your hand out, maintaining the fold.
- Step into the folded sock and pull it up to just before your heel.
- Slowly and carefully unfold the sock up your leg and past your heel. It helps if you pop the fold of the sock over your heel by inserting your finger into the folded portion.
Compression sock best practices
There are plenty of different tips and tools you can use to make putting on your compression sock easier. But if you want your compression stockings to be effective for your vein health issues, remember:
- Put them on in the morning before you are on your feet all day. Wearing compression socks throughout the day will help promote blood flow and reduce leg pain and swelling.
- Use the proper size stockings. Our team will tell you what size socks and compression level is best for your vein health.
- Handwash your stockings and let them air dry to avoid damage.
- Wear your stockings for as long as your doctor recommends.
- Get your legs checked often. You should replace your stockings every 3 to 6 months or on your doctor’s schedule.
We know that compression stockings are not the most comfortable. It’s not always easy to incorporate them into your everyday life, and we hope these tips help make the adjustment easier. Compression socks are essential for vein treatment, especially after a procedure. Your doctor will outline your specific compression stocking treatment plan to help you get the bests results for your vein health. So if you want the best results and freedom from your vein health issues, wear your compression stockings!