Compression stockings are a good way to control the symptoms of varicose veins and venous reflux. However they do not treat the underlying condition and Nice do not recommend them as a long term treatment for symptomatic veins.
However they can be a good choice if symptoms are mild or only a problem if standing for prolonged periods.
Compression stockings are the mainstay of treatment for patients with deep venous problems such as previous deep vein thrombosis, or for patients with lymphatic disease.
Stockings may be prescribed by your general practitioner or practice nurse. Alternatively they can be purchased online at