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All About Compression Stockings

At Reno Vein Clinic, we receive a number of questions pertaining to compression stockings and how they work. We’ve rounded up some of the most common questions pertaining to compression stockings so you can have a better idea of what they are and how they help relive pain, swelling and increase circulation!

What Are Compression Stockings And Why Are They Useful?

Compression hosiery has been used to treat venous disorders since 1848, when William Brown patented the first elastic compression stocking. Since then, the use of even lightweight graduated compression hosiery has been widely proven to improve symptoms of discomfort, swelling, fatigue and aching.

Compression stockings put helpful pressure on your veins. Graduated stockings tighten the most at the ankle, and gradually deliver less tension as it stretches over the knee and towards the thigh. The result becomes the forcing of blood along its natural course despite the damage to the veins.

Tips on Buying and Using Compression Stockings

You don’t need a prescription to buy compression stockings. You can buy them online, from Reno Vein Clinic, at a medical supply store or at a full service pharmacy. Compression stockings will often range in price from about $50 to $100, depending on the size and style. Unless told otherwise by your doctor, you should not wear them when sleeping.If you plan on wearing them every day, get two pairs. This way, you can wear one while washing and drying the other.

To keep the elasticity, you need to wash them in warm water with a gentle detergent and let them dry flat. This means that if you remove your stockings, you need to wash and let them dry before using them again. This is where it comes in handy to have two pairs. Most stocking will last 3 to 4 months before losing their initial strength.

How to Choose Your Compression Stocking

  1. The length of your stocking

Two main lengths are available: knee and thigh highs. A knee-length gradient compression stocking is generally recommended for most cases, but if you have varicose veins or swelling above your knee, thigh high is recommended.

  1. The compression level

The standard compression levels in the USA are divided into three classes:
Class 1: 15-20 mmHg
Class 2: 20-30 mmHg
Class 3: 30-40 mmHg

Compression stocking between 15 and 20 mmHg effectively relieve the symptoms of venous insufficiency, prevent edema (swelling) and are well-tolerated by most people.

When and How to Apply Compression Stockings

Stockings should be applied before swelling builds in the legs. The ideal time is before going out of bed in the morning. If you take a shower, you should put them on right after drying yourself up.

A little trick to make the process of applying my stocking easier is to lie on your back with my legs in the air. This allows the blood to leave the legs which slightly reduces the size.

For more information on compression stockings and to see if they are a good idea for you, contact Reno Vein Clinic www.RenoVeinClinic.com (775) 329-3100

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Car Travel and DVT

For those who love to get out on the open highway and drive, it’s important to know that lengthy travel time in cars increase the risk for developing a blood clot or Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). DVT can occur when the legs are constricted resulting in clots forming in veins in the lower leg. Within hours of forming, these clots are liable to fragment and travel around the body. They can lodge in the lung, heart or brain with potentially fatal results.

It’s been noted that any mode of travel lasting three hours or more can triple the chances of DVT to those who are susceptible. People most at risk include individuals who have recently had surgery, cancer or heart disease, those with a blood condition or history of thrombosis, or women who are pregnant or on hormone replacement therapy.

To reduce the risk of DVT during car travel, Dr. Robert Merchant of the Reno Vein Clinic suggests that both drivers and passengers take a break to stretch their legs at least every two hours, wear comfortable and unrestrictive clothing, drink plenty of water and consider compression stockings if necessary.

“Sometimes, driving can pose a larger threat than flying because passengers aren’t’ necessarily forced to get up and move, in comparison to having to walk through an airport to hop on a connecting flight” remarks Dr. Merchant.

For more information about preventing yourself from DVT and problematic vein issues, contact the Reno Vein Clinic www.renoveinclinic.com (775) 329-3100.

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Aging and Veins

Aging is inevitable and unfortunately, it’s also a common cause of varicose veins… in fact, varicose veins affect many as one out of every two people over the age of 50.

Here’s why:

As we age, all the blood vessels in the body tend to become less flexible and less elastic. This means that your veins could expand, but not necessarily return to their natural shape. This expansion can cause the veins to become damaged or not close properly, which then results in abnormal backward flow through the open valves.

This is more commonly known as venous reflux, which causes blood to collect, leaving veins expanded and resulting into those unwanted varicose and spider veins. If untreated, these varicose and spider veins can lead to swelling, leg ulcers and changes in the skin surrounding the lower leg and ankle.

Luckily there are minimally invasive treatments available to help treat and prevent problematic varicose veins.

Dr. Robert Merchant and Dr. John Daake of the Reno Vein Clinic can provide a consolation to determine the best treatment for you.

Visit www.renoveinclinic.com or call 329-3100.

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Ask Dr. Merchant: Why do varicose veins and spider veins usually appear in the legs?

Q: Why do varicose veins and spider veins usually appear in the legs?

Dr. Merchant

A: “The force of gravity, the pressure of body weight, and the task of carrying blood from the bottom of the body up to the heart make legs the primary location for varicose and spider veins. Compared with other veins in the body, leg veins have the toughest job of carrying blood back to the heart. They endure the most pressure. This pressure can be stronger than the veins’ one-way valves”- Dr. Merchant

 

 

 

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Things to Know About High Heels and Spider Veins.

For most women, the fashionable trend of wearing heels is unavoidable. However, it’s important to know that these fashion choices can pose some serious problems for one’s veins.

Venous blood flow is key for overall vein health, and the majority of venous blood flow is activated by walking, which activates the foot and calf pump to propel blood up the leg veins When wearing high heels, the natural walking motion is changed and the weight is now shifted to the fore foot, causing the calf muscles to remain contracted. This results in a decrease in the filling of the foot and calf veins, causing the vein to be less efficient. This deficiency causes a pooling of venous blood in the leg… resulting in spider and varicose veins.

If you must wear heels, here’s some tips from the Reno Vein Clinic:

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  1. Save heels for specials occasions.

  2. Limit heel height if possible.

  3. Activate your legs when standing in heels, try calf raises and heel pumps.

  4. Consider wearing compressions stockings with heels.

  5. Bring flat shoes with you to change into when needed…decreasing the actual time you are wearing heels.

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Healthy Habits to Adopt for the New Year

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It’s a new year! Meaning that it can be the ideal time to adopt healthier habits into your ongoing routine.

Healthy habits can protect you from the harmful effects of stress. Here are 10 positive healthy habits you may want to develop. (Via The American Heart Association)

  1. Talk with family and friends.

    A daily dose of friendship is great medicine. Call or writer friends and family to share your feelings, hopes and joys and ask them to share theirs.

  2. Engage in daily physical activity.

    Regular physical activity can relieve mental and physical tension. Physically active adults have lower risk of depression and loss of mental functioning. Physical activity can be a great source of pleasure, too. Try walking, swimming, biking or dancing every day.

  3. Embrace the things you are able to change.

    While we may not be able to do some of the things we once enjoyed, we are never too old to learn a new skill, work toward a goal, or love and help others.

  4. Remember to laugh.

    Laughter makes us feel good. Don’t be afraid to laugh out loud at a joke, a funny movie or a comic strip, even when we’re alone.

  5. Give up the bad habits.

    Too much alcohol, cigarettes or caffeine can increase blood pressure. If you smoke, decide to quit now. If you do drink alcohol, do so in moderation.

  6. Slow down.

    Try to “pace” instead of “race.” Plan ahead and allow enough time to get the most important things done without having to rush.

  7. Get enough sleep.

    Try to get six to eight hours of sleep each night. If you can’t sleep, take steps to help reduce stress and depression. Physical activity also may also improve sleep and quality of life in general.

  8. Use “to do” lists to help you focus on your most important tasks. Approach big tasks one step at a time. For example, start by organizing just one part of your life — your car, desk, kitchen, closet, cupboard or drawer.
  9. Practice giving back.

    Volunteer your time or spend time helping out a friend. Helping others helps you.

  10. Try not to worry.

    The world won’t end if your grass isn’t mowed or your kitchen isn’t cleaned. You may need to do these things, but right now might not be the right time.

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Yes! Winter is the Best Time to Treat your Varicose and Spider Veins!

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It’s true! These blustery temperatures in Northern Nevada are the best time to prep your legs and get them ready for Spring and Summer! If you’ve been wanting to rid your legs of troublesome varicose and spider veins, now’s the ideal time to do so!

Varicose vein and spider vein treatments can eliminate veins that create bulging and twisting lines in the lower body – and relieve common symptoms like: pain, aching, fatigue, swelling, leg heaviness, burning, and itching.

Both varicose veins and spider veins are cause by venous insufficiency which is this backward flow of blood that occurs when the tiny valves inside veins which keep the blood flowing in a certain direction, are damaged, and wear out, allowing blood to collect inside the affected area. The result?  Major swelling of the vessels, which can often be seen on the outside of the legs. If unchecked this can result in tissue damage, as well as damage to the surrounding blood vessels. Skin changes, like discoloration and thickening will most often occur and all of this can be extremely painful.

At Reno Vein Clinic, we offer some of the most advanced and state-of-the-art treatments available including Sclerotherapy and Radiofrequency Closure. All are minimally invasive and require minimal downtime and recovery.

Here are a few more reasons why wintertime is truly the best time for varicose and spider vein treatment.
– Wearing seasonally appropriate long pants and tights will hide the mild bruising/swelling that comes from vein treatment.
– It is more comfortable to wear compression stockings and conceal them in the cooler months.
– While wearing winter clothes, affected, treated areas are unlikely to be exposed to sunlight, which can cause discoloration during the time of treatment.
– More time to see the results is provided, since warmer weather is still a few months away.

There really is no better time to get rid if your varicose and spider veins and get your legs looking the way you want them to! Contact us at Reno Vein Clinic for more information! (775) 329-3100.

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