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How do compression socks work in treating varicose veins?

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Compression socks and stockings help relieve the symptoms of varicose veins by applying pressure to the leg, reducing the vein cavity. This promotes better circulation in the legs by reducing the amount of blood in the varicose veins, which helps to relieve swelling and discomfort.

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Since different patients require different pressures to provide relief, it is important to get fitted for compression socks or stockings by a doctor. However, support pantyhose or socks can be helpful for very mild symptoms.

Compression socks and stockings can be expensive, and they must be replaced every three to six months due to compression loss.

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