Sometimes I wear compression hose. There, I said it. I know what you’re probably thinking. You mean those thick, hideous tan hose that really old people wear? Well, certainly not that color but yes. Compression hose are designed to improve the circulation of blood from our feet to our heart. For most active people, blood circulation is not much of a problem. However, for people of any age that stand on their feet all day, sit all day, suffer from health conditions such as diabetes or even have a family history of varicose veins, compression hose can provide comfort and support.
I never had a serious problem with my circulation until I took a 17-hour flight several years ago. Even though the crew gave us leg exercises to practice during the flight, you’re still pretty much immobile unless you choose to walk up and down the aisles. At that time, I really had no idea that sitting for long periods of time could be life threatening. You can develop blood clots in your legs that can travel to the lungs and become fatal. After that trip, I noticed that I was developing discolorations on various parts of my legs. I didn’t develop full blown varicose veins, but clearly my circulation was not what it should have been because the dark marks on my legs represented blood that was pooling in areas where the veins were damaged. After a couple of years of dealing with this unsightly condition, I decided to visit a vein specialist and have laser surgery to close off the long vein (great saphenous vein) within my right leg from which the problem stemmed. After a few months a letting the bruising clear, I had sclerotherapy, which is an injection to treat the remaining spider veins and smaller varicose veins. Two years later, my legs are now clear of multiple discolorations and varicose veins. To maintain my leg health, I wear compression hose every time I fly. Most in the medical community, however, recommend that those who travel long flights (usually four hours or more) wear compression hose.
I recently stumbled across three websites that provide stylish compression hose that can be worn comfortably in not only cool weather, but also warm weather which is of particular importance when traveling during the summer months. Check out these sites, www.itemm6usa.com, www.rejuvahealth.com, and www.vimvigr.com.
Keeping our legs beautiful is not just about vanity. It’s also about staying healthy. Sure, I wanted to be able to wear shorts and something other than a maxi dress during the summer, but I also wanted to make sure that my blood circulation is the best it can be. Untreated vein problems in the leg can potentially lead to chronic discomfort, swelling, skin damage, leg ulcers or clots. So be sure to take care of your legs.