Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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My Varicose Veins Hurt

Tuesday, 24 January 2012 09:31 AM

Question: I have varicose veins. For many years they caused no problems, although they are unsightly, but lately they are beginning to hurt. I am a woman in her 80s. What are my treatment options?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:

Have you tried wearing compression stockings? It is often the first approach to try before moving on to other treatments. They can be worn all day. They steadily squeeze your legs, helping veins and leg muscles move blood more efficiently. Prescription stockings are also available. Compression stockings should be strong, but not necessarily tight. If you have weak hands or arthritis, getting these stockings on may be difficult. There are devices to make putting them on easier. Ask your pharmacist to help you find them.

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