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Stockings for varicose veins, which ones to choose?

One of the main problems that I have seen in patients with venous insufficiency is choosing the correct compression stockings.

Often does the patient not go to the vascular disease specialist but to other doctors who do not manage the degrees of compression or the height of stockings that this patient requires according to their particular case and leaves the consultation with a general indication that does not specify the type of stocking, the height or degree of compression.

As we will see, choosing compression stockings for venous disorders is not easy, but fortunately there are stockings for each case …

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All compression stockings are not suitable for all patients

Patients depending on their case may require stockings with special characteristics.

For example, a patient with a latex allergy will need to use compression stockings free of this element (latex free), another patient with hypersensitivity in the fingers will surely not tolerate a stocking that is not open toe or lacks additional space for that your fingers are not compressed, and pregnant women will look for stockings that do not compress the abdomen.

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The degrees of compression also vary according to the case and can range from the softest ones close to 10 mmHg – for resting – to the therapeutic ones that are used in patients with venous thrombosis or varicose ulcer and that can exceed 30 mmHg. In contrast, an elderly patient who requires a rest stocking will surely not tolerate using a stocking of 40 mmHg, which may even be counterproductive if he suffers from arterial insufficiency.

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So leaving the medical consultation with the most appropriate indication is desirable. If you want to get an idea of the type of compression stockings that is close to your case, we have several posts on our website to help you.

High stockings or short stockings?

Compression stockings have different heights according to the effect you want to achieve.

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The greatest pressure exerted by venous blood on the legs is located at the level of the ankles in such a way that the inflammatory process that initiates venous insufficiency is usually located there. Preventing this process with the use of stockings that cover the calf is usually a good practice.

If, on the other hand, you have a varicose vein in the thigh, undoubtedly the stockings should include as much of the diseased segment as possible, so you should wear high stockings (thigh height or pantyhose), therefore, evaluation by Doppler echo or another method is so important. of the vascular laboratory, which specifies the location of the diseased venous segments to be treated.

How to find the compression stockings that I need?

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In our catalog you can find the stockings that are closest to what you require from the Amazon store.

Going to a pharmacy or an orthopedic for them can result in several exploration trips, unless you have ordered them, since the one that exists there must match the brand you like, the correct size, the appropriate compression, the desired color, the convenient height etc. It is not easy to find certain types of socks in these places. For example, I looked for black stockings up to the calf, without compression toe 20-30 mmHg and neither of the two places I went to (pharmacy and orthopedics) in my town had this model.

It is easier to search the stockings online where you also get very good prices and they can be sent home.

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