Your Primary Care Physician (PCP) has recommended you wear compression stockings or has referred you to a physician whose specialty is Vascular Surgery; you walk away with a prescription for support hose or support socks. That is not unusual. The physician may have said something about chronic venous insufficiency or the valves in the veins in your legs are not functioning properly. This too is not unusual.
It is estimated that at least 80 million Americans (over 25% of the population of the US) have some form of venous disease. Venous insufficiency can lead to varicose veins and much worse such as venous hypertension, inflammation and congestion in the tissue of the legs and is responsible for symptoms such as edema, pain, aching legs, skin discoloration, and leg fatigue.
Varicose veins are not just a cosmetic issue; if left untreated varicose veins can escalate into more serious issues such as venous ulcers, blood clots (deep vein thrombosis…DVT) and lower extremity cellulitis. Even restless leg syndrome has been linked to venous insufficiency.
Venous ulcers are wounds (deep sores) that are thought to occur due to valves in the veins in your legs are not functioning properly. They develop along the medial distal leg (inside lower leg), and can be very painful.
Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the dermis (deep layer of skin) and the subcutaneous tissue (soft tissue and fat layer). Bacteria are normally present on the skin and do no harm unless the skin is broken. Cellulitis is usually caused by streptococci or staphylococci groups found on the surface of the skin. The bacteria can enter the dermis from just a small bump, but people with poor circulation are more likely to develop cellulitis because the blood supply is not ideal for fighting infections.
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot in a deep vein (usually in the legs). Symptoms may include pain, swelling, redness and warmness. The DVT can become a life-threatening complication by traveling to the lungs and becoming a pulmonary embolism.
There are a great many “young people” who are physically active and appear to have no other predisposition to develop a DVT, but they receive an injury and the DVT quickly forms. There are “older people” who are much more sedate, but their circulatory system could use a little help. Venous disease knows no age or gender. With all these possible scenarios, would it not be easier just to wear the support hose or support socks? There are a great variety of support socks and support hose available to meet the need of almost every age as well as activity (and more products coming to the market everyday). Just call one of our Certified Fitters at 1-800-515-4271. Our Certified Fitters who will be please to assist you in choosing a product for your life styles….pretty stockings (click here) and dress socks (click here) for the days you need to really look good or athletic socks (click here) for those work outs or socks for active lifestyles (click here). Don’t be confused call for help from one of our Certified Fitters at 1-800-515-4271