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Compression socks are great tools for people suffering from varicose veins. They help the muscles with contraction, which squeezes loose leg veins together. As we age, and if we have certain medical conditions or lack regular exercise, the one-way valves in our leg veins become weakened, allowing blood to seep back down and pool. Compression socks help squeeze these veins together, improving blood flow. Compression socks are also a vital part of a runner’s gear.

Those of us that like to go out for early morning runs to get in our daily exercise may find some discomfort afterward. Running is an excellent cardiovascular exercise which can help keep our veins in shape as well. Compression socks increase this vein health by increasing circulation while also maintaining comfort. The socks are made from comfortable, breathable materials like nylon, polyester, Lycra, and Spandex to reduce sweat buildup. The socks are “graduated compression,” meaning the farther down your leg they go, the greater the amount of compression. The purpose of this is to tighten up the veins more at the farthest extremities, where they may become the weakest.

In addition to improving circulation of blood, compression socks also reduce the buildup of lactic acid in the blood. Lactic acid in the blood can cause a person to feel nauseous and weak. Furthermore, since blood flow improves, there is a much greater reduction in the onset of varicose veins. When blood flows the wrong way in the veins and pools, the veins become bulbous and can be uncomfortable.

Vein disease is caused by this pooling and backup of blood. It can make the legs feel heavy, sore, and they may become discolored. Vein disease can be treated through a few, minimally invasive surgical procedures, but wearing compression socks and getting regular exercise will keep the valves in our veins functioning properly. Should you need a more advanced treatment than exercise and compression socks, the vein specialists at Premier Vein can take care of the problem right at the source using the latest and most effective treatments. Contact Premier Vein today and schedule a free consultation!