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Compression Stockings for Varicose Veins

There are multiple ways to alleviate your varicose vein symptoms. This can include tried and true methods like weight loss,
elevating your legs above your heart, and avoiding sitting for long periods of time. However, one of the most popular remedies for varicose veins is compression stockings.

compression stockings for varicose veinsCompression stockings are a great option for alleviating varicose vein symptoms. However, not many people realize
that they’re also required by insurance providers to be worn before being approved for treatment. By knowing how they work and what’s required for treatment, you’ll be one step ahead in treating your varicose veins!

To better understand wearing compression stockings for varicose veins, we’ll look at:

  • What compression stockings do
  • Who benefits from compression socks for varicose veins
  • Compression stockings and insurance requirements

Keep in mind that varicose veins are a chronic and progressive condition. This means that compression socks can help alleviate your symptoms, but they can’t stop symptoms from worsening nor can they cure varicose veins. Schedule an appointment with East Tennessee Vein Clinic today to start your journey toward better legs today!

What do compression stockings do?

Varicose veins is a condition that results from improper blood flow in your leg. Normally, the blood in your legs is propelled back to your heart via one-way valves in the leg’s veins. Varicose veins form when those one-way valves stop working.

This causes blood and toxins to collect in your leg veins, which results in the various symptoms of varicose veins. These symptoms include swollen legs as well as the telltale dark, ropey veins visible to the naked eye.

Compression stockings, also known as support stockings or compression socks, help improve blood flow within the leg. They do this by being tighter than regular socks at the ankle and becoming gradually looser as they go up. The compression aids in redirecting blood flow back up to the heart where it can be pumped throughout the body again.

You should put compression socks on first thing in the morning. Some symptoms of varicose veins, such as swelling, tend to worsen throughout the day. Putting compression socks on first thing will alleviate symptoms like swelling and make them more manageable in the evening.

Talk to your doctor about which compression rating is best for you. Compression socks come in different ratings based on the needs of the wearer. For example, nurses should wear stockings with a 20-30 mm HG rating. Women who are pregnant only require a 15 mm HG - 20 mm HG rating.  

Who benefits from compression socks for varicose veins?

People from all walks of life and with different varicose vein symptoms can benefit from compression stockings. This can be due to pregnancy, your profession, or simply experiencing symptoms like chronic swelling.

Varicose vein symptoms tend to develop or worsen during pregnancy. This is due to an increased volume in progesterone and blood that puts stress on the one-way valves in your leg. Symptoms will worsen if you already have the condition and may dissipate after giving birth. However, symptoms usually progress with each pregnancy and will become more painful.

It’s not advised to receive varicose vein treatment if you’re pregnant. On the other hand, you can still receive an evaluation while pregnant. This gives your vein specialist a chance to fully assess your veins and provide treatment later on.

Chronic swelling is one of the most common and uncomfortable symptoms of varicose veins. When blood isn’t being pumped back to your heart, pressure increases within the vein resulting in it becoming inflamed and your leg swelling up. Your ankle and foot may swell up, as well.

Your leg will usually swell throughout the day and increasingly feel like “a lead weight.” It can get worse by sitting or standing for long periods of time, which is why it’s so prevalent among teachers and nurses. Women are also at higher risk during their menstrual cycles. This condition can greatly impact your life by preventing you from performing daily activities.

Compression Stockings and Insurance Requirements

Compression stockings also play an important role for your insurance provider. Many people worry whether or not their insurance will cover their varicose vein treatments. Fortunately, most providers will as long as you meet the necessary medical requirements and have paid your deductible. 

But that’s not the only say your insurance provider has in your treatments. They can also impact when you receive your treatments. This is because most insurance providers require that you wear compression stockings for 90 days before they’ll give approval. 

This 90-day trial begins the day of your consultation when your prescription has been provided. That means that the sooner you get your free consultation, the sooner you can begin treatment. Keep in mind that most insurers require 20-30mm HG stockings to be worn during the 90 days.

You may be able to skip this step if you’re experiencing:

  • Leg ulcers
  • Recurrent phlebitis
  • Recurrent hemorrhaging

Don’t worry if this seems like a lot of red tape to cut through. Vein specialists like Dr. Douglass are able to answer whatever questions you may have about insurance coverage. They can also provide you with the documentation required by your insurance provider to help you get pre-approved for treatment. 

It’s recommended that you seek treatment immediately, regardless of the type of coverage you have. As a chronic and progressive condition, your varicose veins and their symptoms will only get worse over time. Getting treatment early will ensure that you’re back to your old self as soon as possible!

Medicare and Varicose Vein Treatment for Seniors

Don’t worry if you think you’re too old to receive treatment for your varicose veins. People in their 70s and even active folks in their 80s are viable for treatment.

As a senior, varicose vein treatment is considered medically necessary if you’re experiencing:

  • Leg ulcers
  • Bleeding
  • Clotting 
  • Discoloration
  • Pain
  • Swelling

Just like private insurance, other forms of treatment must be exhausted before medical treatment can be approved. 

Wrapping Up

Compression stockings help blood flow back to your heart to alleviate varicose vein symptoms. This can be especially helpful if you’re more susceptible to varicose veins. That includes people like pregnant women, nurses, and teachers. Your insurance provider may require that you wear compression stockings before approving treatment. Talk to your vein specialist about what you can do to satisfy your insurer’s requirements to get the help you need.

Contact us at East Tennessee Vein Clinic to get help for your varicose veins. We treat varicose veins differently by eliminating the entire network of failed veins, not just large visibly bulging veins. You can contact us online, or call us at 865.686.0507 or toll-free at 866.281.VEIN.

“Very friendly staff, Great results. My legs feel and look awesome!”

- Anonymous, New Tazwell, TN