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Dr. Brittany Cook — Why Compression Stockings Are Important

Compression stockings are more than a great way to alleviate your varicose vein symptoms — they’re also a key step in getting your treatment covered by your insurer. They work by being tight around the ankle in order to help pump blood back to your heart, helping to ease the burden on your veins.compression stockings for varicose veins

What Compression Stockings Do According to Dr. Brittany Cook

According to Dr. Brittany Cook, compression stockings promote blood flow in your legs by being tighter than regular socks. They’re at their tightest around the ankle and become less constricting as they go up your leg. They work to redirect blood up your veins and back to your heart so it can continue the pumping process.

Varicose vein symptoms such as swelling tend to worsen as the day progresses, so it’s important to put on compression stockings when you first get up. They will help alleviate your symptoms and make them less severe at the end of your day.

Compression stockings come in different compression ratings. Dr. Brittany Cook will help determine which is best for you based on criteria such as your job and whether you’re pregnant or not. For instance, nurses should wear stockings with an HG rating of 20 - 30 mm while pregnant women need a 15 - 20 mm HG rating.

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How They Help with Varicose Veins

If you have varicose veins then you’re sure to benefit from compression socks. They can help alleviate common varicose vein symptoms such as chronic swelling. Swelling is caused by blood not getting pumped back to your heart, resulting in inflammation and swelling. Compression socks fight symptoms by promoting blood flow and increasing comfort. 

Varicose vein symptoms also tend to get worse for women while pregnant. You shouldn’t receive varicose vein treatment while pregnant, but you can still get an evaluation for when you can. This can help provide much-needed relief from your symptoms once you can undergo treatment.

Varicose veins can be especially difficult for certain professions such as teachers and nurses. Jobs that require sitting or standing for long periods of time can leave your legs feeling like lead weights. This can make it difficult to perform your work duties as well as those around your home. Compression socks can help relieve your pain and help you get things done.

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Are they required by insurance?

Compression stockings are also important for your insurance coverage. Most insurance providers cover varicose vein treatment. However, they do require that you meet certain medical benchmarks along with paying your deductible. One important benchmark is that you wear compression stockings for 90 days before approving your treatment.

Your 90 days begin on the same day of your consultation. Dr. Brittany Cook will give you a prescription for compression stockings and instructions on how to wear them. You’ll need to wear them for the full 90 days in order to be approved by your insurance company.

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Compression stockings are tighter than regular socks to help promote blood flow back to your heart. They are helpful in alleviating swelling, especially for those who stand or sit for long periods of time at work. Compression stockings are also a prerequisite for having your treatment covered by insurance. 


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.

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I have a fear of needles and a low tolerance to pain so I was nervous to start my procedures in the beginning. The staff took this into consideration during every procedure and made my visit as comfortable as possible; Trecia and Shannon were wonderful! Dr. Douglass and his staff even sang with me during my surgery to take my mind off the procedures. My legs are looking good and feeling great and I would recommend ETVC to anyone! I actually shared your offices’ information with a co-worker as I typed this. Thank you, Dr. Douglass & Staff!”

- A. S., Knoxville, TN