Wearing compression stockings daily is often the first approach to test before moving on to other remedies. They steadily squeeze your thighs, helping veins and leg muscles move blood more effectively. The amount of compression varies by brand and type.
You can purchase compression stockings at most pharmacies and medical supply stores. Prices vary. Prescription-strength stockings are also available.
Additional remedies for more-severe varicose veins
If you do not respond to compression or numbing stockings, or if your condition is more severe, your doctor may suggest one of those varicose vein treatments:
Sclerotherapy. In this process, your doctor injects small- and – medium-sized varicose veins using a solution that scars and closes those veins. In a couple of weeks, treated varicose veins should vanish.
Although the same vein may have to be injected more than once, sclerotherapy is effective if done properly. Sclerotherapy does not require anesthesia and may be performed in your doctor’s office.
Foam sclerotherapy of veins. Injection of a large vein using a foam solution is also a potential treatment to shut a vein and seal it. This is a newer procedure.
Laser surgeries. Doctors are using new technology in laser treatments to shut off smaller varicose veins and spider veins.
This process involves tying a vein until it combines a deep vein and removing the vein through small incisions. Removing the vein will not adversely affect flow in your leg because veins deeper in the leg take care of the larger volumes of blood.
Your doctor removes smaller varicose veins via a set of little skin punctures. Only the sections of your leg which are being pricked are numbed in this outpatient procedure. Scarring is normally minimal.
You might need this surgery only in an innovative case involving leg ulcers when other techniques fail. Your physician uses a thin video camera inserted on your leg to picture and shut varicose veins and then eliminates the veins via small incisions. This procedure is done on an outpatient basis.