The temperatures are finally dropping, and winter will be here before you know it. It is the perfect time of year to put on a comfortable pair of fleece-lined leggings and warm socks. If you have varicose and spider veins, the winter layers provide a good and welcome cover to hide your legs. The winter only lasts a few months, though, and the extra layers will do nothing to ease leg pain, restless legs, or fatigue. The longer you ignore the problem by keeping out of sight and under winter wraps, the worse the problem will become. Getting your veins treated in the winter not only means you’ll be able to enjoy the coming holidays with more energy and less pain but also makes wearing compression stockings easier.
Compression stockings are often recommended as one type of self-care for treating spider or varicose veins. They work by putting pressure on your ankles and legs, compressing the veins and pushing blood back towards your heart. While they do not cure vein disease, they do alleviate some of the symptoms that come along with it. Compression stockings can be purchased almost anywhere, from your local pharmacy to your favorite online retailer. Many people wear compression stockings while traveling, sitting, or standing for long periods. Additionally, many OB-GYNs recommend that pregnant women wear compression stockings to help minimize ankle swelling and prevent varicose veins. The best time to put on compression stockings is first thing in the morning, which will not only help keep the valves in your veins in place throughout the day but also provide a barrier between your feet and the cold floor!
Venous insufficiency—a vein disease of which varicose and spider veins are symptoms—affects up to 40 percent of the U.S. population according to the Society for Vascular Surgery. Venous insufficiency means there’s not enough blood moving from your legs back to your heart due to malfunctioning valves in the veins. People between the ages of 40-65+ and women who have been pregnant multiple times are more commonly affected by venous insufficiency.
Being treated for vein disease during the winter months has multiple benefits:
- Wearing compression stockings after endovenous laser therapy (EVLT) or sclerotherapy will prove to be a welcome winter layer. They do the important work of preventing treated veins from reopening, and they’ll help keep your legs and feet warm. Your USA Vein Clinics doctor will help you select the right grade of compression stockings for you.
- After treatment, you will be able to resume normal activity the same day, so you won’t miss out on any important time with your family or friends this holiday season. Can you say, “Please pass the cranberry sauce?”
- Bathing suit and shorts season is not even an issue. You will have plenty of time to get your legs healthy before it’s time to show them off again. You can actually look forward to your summer vacation next year!
USA Veins Clinics is here to help treat your vein disease. We offer a specific treatment regime for each of our patients, regardless of whether you suffer from unsightly spider veins, painful varicose veins, or, even worse, venous ulcers. Our highly trained vascular specialists use the latest minimally invasive and non-surgical treatments like sclerotherapy and endovenous laser therapy (EVLT) to treat venous insufficiency.
If you’re suffering from venous insufficiency, take advantage of the winter months. Call (888) 628-9389 today to schedule a consultation with one of our leading vascular specialists. Treatments at USA Vein Clinics are covered by Medicare, most insurance plans, and Medicaid.