Medical compression stockings and tights

Compression

Conservative therapy of venous diseases is aimed at improving the condition by means of compression and exercise therapy. Compression hosiery presses the distended veins together so that the venous valves can close again, thus preventing the blood from flowing in the wrong direction – namely, away from the heart. The necessary compression is provided by modern medical compression stockings or tights that prevent new varicose veins from forming and keep existing venous disease under control. Untreated venous disease continues to progress and may become chronic. This is why it is particularly important to prevent deterioration or complications by consistently wearing compression.

Compression therapy plays an important part in the treatment of lymphoedema. With the correct fitting garment, the pressure within the tissues increases, encouraging lymph to redistribute and drain. Compression garments are an essential part of ongoing care and must always be worn to ensure reductions in limb volume are maintained.

Venous diseases

What are venous diseases?

The veins in the legs have to work particularly hard to achieve this. If they can’t cope, the blood pools in the legs, and various forms of venous disease can develop.
Venous diseases are very widespread. Many men and women in Germany even have chronic venous disease. The predisposition is often genetically programmed, but factors such as standing or sitting a lot at work, obesity and lack of physical exercise also play a role. Tired and heavy legs, pins and needles or swollen ankles can all be signs of venous insufficiency. Venous changes can be effectively counteracted by interpreting the symptoms properly and taking early preventive measures.

Examples for venous diseases

Typical examples of a venous disease are:
  • Varicose veins
  • Venous inflammation
  • Thrombosis
  • Spider veins

The venous system

While the arteries transport blood from the heart to the body, the veins transport the oxygen-deficient blood back to the heart – against gravity. This function is supported by the so-called muscle pump in the leg muscles and the venous valves. Like a valve, these prevent the blood from flowing back down the leg. If this system begins to fail, the blood pools in the legs. We develop spider veins, varicose veins, venous inflammation and, in very advanced stages, venous leg ulcers.

Signs and symptoms

The first changes in your leg veins have normally already started long before you discover varicose veins or other visible signs. Tired or itchy legs, swollen ankles in the evening, pins and needles or pain in the legs are the first signals of changes in the veins. The so-called “warning veins”, a circle of distended veins at the ankle, is an important early sign.
These are followed later by swelling due to the accumulation of water, so-called “thick legs”.Consult a phlebologist so he/she can choose the treatment that is most suitable for you. Incidentally: the examination is completely painless and presents no risk at all.

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