Venous insufficiency, which can lead to the development of varicose veins, can also cause swelling, or edema. This is caused by a back-up of blood and increased pressure in the veins. Venous insufficiency is a problem that is localized to the legs, ankles, and feet. One leg may be more affected than the other (asymmetrical edema).
Compression Therapy provides a means to treat venous stasis, venous hypertension and venous edema. Objectives of compression therapy are to reduce the swollen limb to minimum size, maintain that size, and allow the patient to participate in the care of his or her limb whenever possible. Treatments can include exercise, wrapping, massage, compression stockings and a compression pump.
Graduated Compression Therapy gives support to the legs and helps improve circulation back to the heart. Though this treatment may provide symptomatic relief to your leg pain, it does not prevent or cure varicose veins.