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The Stockinged Foot

By Dr. Jason Gold, DPM, FACFAS | Dr. Jodi Schoenhaus DPM, RPhs, FACFAS

Compression Stockings for Spider and Varicose VeinsThose pantyhose aren’t just for your good looks anymore. Wearing compression stockings can help prevent and treat spider and varicose veins in Boca Raton.

The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton has made a pretty big splash in the fashion world, as she’s been spotted wearing traditional tan-colored tights underneath all of her skirts and dresses. What was first thought to be a British royalty oddity has turned out to be a fashion trend that is spreading throughout the UK—those 1950-esque tan tights are back in style. Here in the States, young girls are lining up for more vibrant hues to their leggings, donning orange, purple, and yellow stockings underneath their typical garb.

This is a welcome fashion trend for many women who struggle with spider veins and varicose veins. The conditions are marked by discoloration and bulging veins on the legs, and their development is quite embarrassing for half of the US female population who experience vein disease in their lives. The new stocking trend makes it easier to hide the unwelcome lines and bumps without feeling self-conscious about what you are wearing.

What if those stockings could actually help fight the disease, not just cover it up?

Compression stockings are not the same thing as typical pantyhose. They are much tighter and thicker than the traditional fashion tights, but they also have a distinct medical purpose. By applying pressure to the veins just beneath the skin, compression stockings can actually prevent blood from pooling in the veins and decrease your risk of developing spider and varicose veins.

For those who already have unsightly veins on their legs, compression stockings can enhance blood flow and gradually lessen the appearance of the veins.

Compression hose won’t cure spider and varicose veins overnight, but they will help reduce the symptoms of vein disease. Compression stockings can help:

  • Reduce leg fatigue
  • Eliminate painful, burning sensations in the legs
  • Cut heaviness
  • Eliminate swelling

Try wearing compression stockings beneath your tights or typical pants. The more you wear compression hose, the more effective they are going to become. Compression hose are considered a conservative form of vein disease treatment. Contact Dr. Schoenhaus for information about more direct forms of treatment for varicose and spider veins.

Dr. Jason Gold, DPM, FACFAS

Known for his expertise in thorough diagnostic testing and a steady surgical hand, Jason M. Gold, DPM, is a leader in modern foot and ankle care and sports medicine. He’s one of a handful of doctors who’s board certified in foot and ankle surgery in Palm Beach County. Dr. Jason Gold cares for patients at Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center, a state-of-the-art practice with locations in Boca Raton and Boynton, Florida.

Dr. Jodi Schoenhaus , DPM - Podiatrist in Boca Raton, FL

Dr. Jodi Schoenhaus DPM, RPhs, FACFAS

Dr. Jodi Schoenhaus is a foot, ankle, and leg vein specialist practicing in South Florida. She is considered a leader and innovator for various procedures in her field, including fat pad and vein care. Dr. Schoenhaus grew up in southern New Jersey and she considers herself a true Philly girl. After graduating from the University of Michigan, having studied kinesiology and human movement, she went to Temple University in Philadelphia where she got her doctorate.

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