Winter weather in the Kansas City area ushers in the need to bundle up and stay warm while outside. In your search for the best winter gear, it’s important not to forget about compression clothing!
For those with mild to severe vein disorders, it is important to wear appropriate compression clothing to relieve symptoms and promote healing. If you’ve been recently diagnosed with a vein disorder, or are wondering if compression socks would help alleviate your pain, look no further!
What Is Compression Clothing?
Compression clothing is any article of clothing that applies pressure to certain areas of the body. We often recommend wearing compression clothing for legs, ankles and feet. The most common type of compression clothing our patients select are compression socks. They are usually made from a breathable mix of materials such as spandex, nylon or polyester.
They provide benefits such as:
- Increased blood flow
- Relief from painful symptoms caused by varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis, and skin ulcers
- Decreased fluid buildup in the legs
- Help prevent blood clots from forming in the legs
Compression clothing is most effective when worn during the day, when you are most active.
Who Benefits from Compression Clothing?
Compression socks are a mainstay treatment for those diagnosed with varicose veins, since they improve circulation. They can reduce swelling and aching pains quite drastically. For many patients, wearing compression clothing prevents the need for surgery. For those with mild symptoms, wearing panty hose or knee-high socks can lessen the pain. If you have more severe symptoms, prescription compression socks are available. You can buy them at a medical supply store and they are specifically fitted for you.
Winter tends to reduce outdoor and indoor activity, making it easier for fluid buildup in less active individuals. Remembering to wear compression socks as part of your winter wardrobe is essential for treatment and prevention of symptoms.
For more information on compression clothing and other vein disorder treatments, contact the Vein Clinic of Greater Kansas City at (913) 541-3377 to schedule an appointment.