How is venous insufficiency treated?There are many treatment options for venous insufficiency, depending upon the condition that is causing it. Our primary focus at Edema Rehab is to reduce the swelling, facilitate the healing of any wounds and progress into over-the-counter or prescription-wear compression stockings. These special elastic stockings apply pressure at the ankle and lower leg and improve venous blood flow and reduce leg swelling.
Compression stockings are available in a range of prescription strengths and in different lengths (such as knee-high or thigh-high stockings). Your therapist will determine the type of compression stocking that is most appropriate for your care.
To further help with the leg swelling caused by venous insufficiency, your therapist may also tell you to keep your legs elevated above your heart when you are lying down. He or she may also suggest that you get more exercise; for example, walking can improve your circulation. Weight loss can also be very helpful for treatment of venous insufficiency for patients who are overweight.
In addition, we may refer you to a vascular surgeon (if you have not already been seen by one) or a wound center that offers Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Wound Healing if you have wounds that need additional specialized treatment.