Jan 10, 2018

Interview Transcript

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: Can compression socks prevent varicose veins? Dr. Claire Griffin is a vascular surgeon. Do they help?

Dr. Griffin: Compression socks help prevent the backup of blood, which is what leads to incompetent veins, and incompetent veins is what leads to varicose veins.

Interviewer: So they can help. So if your doctor prescribed them, you should wear them?

Dr. Griffin: Yes. In fact, if you don't wear them, no insurance company will help pay for any of the treatments of varicose veins. The first step is always wearing your compression socks.

Interviewer: Okay. And you have to wear them all the time or just once in a while okay?

Dr. Griffin: Every day until bedtime is the ideal, particularly on days when you're either on your feet or immobile for long periods of time.

Interviewer: And over time, research does show that they do make a difference?

Dr. Griffin: They make a difference, and often people notice an immediate symptomatic improvement in how their legs feel at the end of the day.

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