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Compression stockings usually help improve blood flow to relieve varicose veins symptoms. There are different types of compression stockings on the market since they have different compression powers. These stockings are specially fitted with a tight fit on the feet and slightly loose yet firm grasp on the leg. Replace your compression stockings for varicose veins after every 4 to 6 months.
You can wear compression stockings everyday since they have excellent elasticity and durability. Plus, they are extremely comfortable. Compression stocking should fit snugly but leave enough rom to allow you to move freely without making you feel restricted. It’s always advisable to wear them all the time for best results especially when you are struggling with varicose veins.
Wearing compression stockings for the first time can be a bit challenging owing to the compression effect. However, it gets better once you acclimatize and find one that’s best suited to cater to your needs. Below are some tips that can help you wear compression stockings for varicose veins.
First, before putting on compression stockings for varicose veins:
- Wash your compression stockings after buying them. In this case, hand washing comes highly recommended to prevent them from stretching out and to help maintain quality. Plus, wearing them becomes easier after washing as they tend to become more flexible. Buy at least two pairs if you can afford so that you put them on rotation for convenience and long-lasting durability.
- Dress up your wounds (if any) before wearing your compression stockings
- You can wear your compression stocking to bed as per the doctor’s advice or put them close so that you can put them on when you wake up.
How to Wear Compression Stockings for Varicose Veins
- Your legs are least swollen in the morning, this is the best time to put on your compression stockings
- Always sit on a chair that has a back for support as you wear the compression stockings
- Use your hands to hold the upper part of the compression stockings with the other hand reaching inside it. Stretch out your hands in the stockings until you reach the end then grab the toe.
- Pull your hand back up, without letting go the toe then turn the stockings inside out, while holding the toe with your finger tips
- Put your toes in the stocking then gently roll while sliding it up over the heel and keep rolling it slowly all the way up