Because sometimes these symptoms could be caused when veins develop clots, it is important that you see your doctor. If you do not have compression stockings, your doctor can help measure your legs and assist you with getting a pair. You may require the help of a home health nurse to put the TED or compression stockings on in the beginning. Sometimes medications may help if your venous insufficiency is due to chronic high blood pressure. Of course if clots have developed, you will need anticoagulant medication.
Have you seen your doctor recently about this problem?
I do have compression stockings and TEDs but find them too difficult to get on and off. I am told I have the biggest size compressions but as I am not abnormally fat I cannot understand how people I see in hospital OPDs manage to get them on when, being realistic and not nasty, they are probably a few stone heavier than myself. If I manage to pull the TEDs on I find it hard to pull them off and know I should not sleep in them. I do admit to being very inactive but the feet really hurt if I stand or walk too much. Maybe I just need to persevere. I have been assessed in the vascular clinic at Charing Cross where I worked until last year. They did not think I had a major problem. I realise the left sided sciatica has nothing to do with the discoloration and swelling, it is the reason I am not very active as it causes me to lose balance which caused me to fall and break my shoulder on the right and I am now terrified to go out without an escort. Guess I am just a mess and must persist with the TEDs at least. I live on my own so dont have anyone to help me put them on and off.