Anyone can get varicose veins, but women have shown a higher tendency towards them than men. Resulting from poor circulation, these usually appear in the lower extremitudes, manifesting as bluish lines or swelled vessels, with sub-dermal bruising and their attendant itching and discomfort. Lacking treatment varicose veins can turn into serious blood clots. These blood clots pose the serious threat of moving to the heart, the lungs, or the brain. When this happens the victims of varicose veins can quickly become victims of heart attacks and strokes.

While individuals can have a genetic tendency towards developing varicose veins, tight clothing, inactivity, andadequate diets that aggravate this tendency, and can even cause the condition lacking hereditary tendencies. The more serious blood clots, known as deep vein thrombosis, can set in after periods of activity over several hours, such as continuous sitting at a desk, or long flights on airplanes.

Medical hosiery can prevent deep vein thrombosis. It provides a constant and even pressure to an affected area, as opposed to the uneven intensity of clothing. This pressure reinforces veins as blood fights gravity to work its way back to the heart. Instead of pooling and pressing against weakened blood vessel walls, blood continues circulating preventing clot formation.

Other things can diminish the grave consequences of varicose veins. Most of these are good general advice for good health anyway. Properly balanced diets, including fiber and liquids can help blood flow more smoothly. Proper weight maintenance and frequent exercise reinforcement each other, encouraging good circulation.

People who jobs require continuous standing or sitting should make it a point to regularly break periods of activity by moving around, or taking some time to put their feet up for awhile. Compression hosiery can also help in these circumstances, or during extended air travel. Women's medical hosiery can be easier to find than men's, and men can still use it if they can find sizes to fit. They serve essentially the same purpose, but are often marketed more directly to women because of their higher tendency towards the conditions requiring them.

Physicians also encourage more permanent surgical fixes for varicose veins when appropriate, but these are also more risky and expensive. For those lacking cash, insurance, or the probability of benefits for surgery, medical hosiery offers an affordable and safe method for managing varicose veins and their complications.