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Compression Stockings: How To Take Them Off Easily [Video Demonstration]

Posted by Dr. Michael Ryan on April 1, 2020 at 9:53 AM

If you're experiencing the symptoms of a vein condition, chances are you'll spend a period of time wearing compression stockings. We've shared 5 tips that make putting them on easier...but what about taking them off? If they are stockings with a higher compression or if it's in the heat of the summer, it can be even more difficult. That's why we've assembled tips for getting them off more quickly and easily.

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Topics: compression stockings

Compression Stockings: 5 Tips For Putting Them On [Video Demonstrations]

Posted by Dr. Michael Ryan on March 31, 2020 at 4:23 PM

The amazing invention of the compression stocking will do wonders to reduce the symptoms of a vein condition. Designed to help your legs improve circulation and blood flow, it’s easy to celebrate their simplicity...until you go to put them on. Quite a few people hopped around on one foot or laid down on their beds with a foot in the air, only to realize how tight they really are. They are designed to compress your leg veins, firmly but not painfully, and as such, can be a challenge to don. Here are 5 step-by-step guides, along with a video demonstrations, for getting them on correctly so that you can wear them comfortably all day.

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Topics: compression stockings

eBook: What's the Skinny on Compression Stockings?

Posted by Dr. Michael Ryan on March 18, 2020 at 10:35 AM

I hear lots of questions every day about compression stockings. Why does my insurance company require me to wear them? Do they really work? What are the different types? How do I find the right size? Can you help me put them on? Do I have to use compression stockings or will ace bandages work? Those questions, and more, are what inspired our latest eBook: “What’s the Skinny on Compression Stockings?” Designed to answer those questions and more, this eBook is an excellent resource for anyone who has been or is considering wearing compression stockings.

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Topics: compression stockings

COVID-19 and Your Visit to Missouri Vein Care

Posted by Dr. Michael Ryan on March 17, 2020 at 10:09 AM

A message to our community: 

I am writing to share an update as the Coronavirius (COVID-19) continues to impact the world, we want to ensure that keeping our patients and employees safe is our number one priority. 

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Topics: vein treatment

30 Fun Activities for 30 Days of Walking

Posted by Dr. Michael Ryan on March 10, 2020 at 1:25 PM

Walking is the easiest way to get the exercise you need to feel better, get stronger and lose weight. It can be done at anytime, anywhere – indoors or out – by people of all ages and fitness levels. All you really need are a comfortable pair of walking shoes, but we also recommend you carry a charged cell phone (for safety…and because you never want to miss a phone call or selfie opportunity). Additional items that may be helpful include an inexpensive pedometer to track your steps, a reflective vest if you’ll be walking at night, or even walking canes to keep your arms pumping. The key to any long term exercise routine is to keep it from becoming boring. Vary it with this list of 30 fun twists.

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Topics: vein condition, exercise, positive thinking

Compression Stockings: What Are They & Do They Really Work?

Posted by Dr. Michael Ryan on March 5, 2020 at 2:12 PM

If you deal with leg problems due to a vein circulation condition, wearing compression stockings can greatly reduce your symptoms. The most common symptoms of a vein condition are aching, uncomfortable legs and an overall feeling of fatigue. These symptoms are worse at the end of the day and are the result of inflammation buildup due to stagnant blood flow.

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Topics: vein condition, varicose veins, compression stockings

Lower extremity Lymphedema: Types, Causes, and Treatment

Posted by Dr. Michael Ryan on March 3, 2020 at 2:51 PM

Your lymphatic system and your immune system correlate greatly. Therefore, if you are suffering from lymphedema, which currently affects around 10 million Americans yearly, you are likely not feeling so great either. Surprisingly, with the scope of the disease and the many people it has impacted, it is still a relatively unknown condition. So, what is lymphedema exactly?

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Topics: "leg pain", vein condition, varicose veins, compression stockings

CBD Oil and Vein Conditions

Posted by Dr. Michael Ryan on February 26, 2020 at 1:25 PM

Living with a vein condition means that your legs ache and hurt and you feel run down and tired. Many sufferers are willing to try anything to feel better. Perhaps you have heard that CBD oil can be an effective remedy for the pain and fatigue caused by a vein condition but want to learn more before you try it. Most providers do not have experience with CBD because it is not an FDA approved drug, but is a supplement.  The interest in CBD along with several other natural supplements continues to increase by the year. Could this supplement help relieve your vein symptoms? The bottom line is that little direct medical evidence exists for its use in vein conditions, but due to claims of benefits in other conditions and its overall safety, it’s worth giving it a try!

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Topics: vein condition, varicose veins, cbd oil

Diabetes and Vein Health: What's the Link?

Posted by Dr. Michael Ryan on February 24, 2020 at 1:23 PM

If you are one of the 30 million Americans currently affected by diabetes, you have to constantly worry about your insulin, blood-glucose levels, diet, your feet, getting an infection, and your circulation. People with diabetes know that it affects their circulation and ability to fight infection. It can even result in their biggest fear: losing their foot or leg and being handicapped. They often tell me the story of a family member with diabetes who lost their leg. They are deathly afraid of this, and they don’t want it to happen to them.  So the question is: how is diabetes related to vein conditions? The following is based on my perspective as a cardiovascular surgeon and vein care specialist who regularly sees people with diabetes and circulation problems.  

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Topics: vein condition, varicose veins, diabetes

Types of Compression Stockings: Read Before You Buy!

Posted by Dr. Michael Ryan on February 14, 2020 at 3:45 PM

When it comes to compression stockings, there are a few factors to take into consideration, like finding the most comfortable pair... which is the key to using them. The main issues preventing comfort are: toe-less or not, the length (knee high, thigh high, pantyhose), compression strength, tightly fitted, and type of material. Finding a pair that meets your needs on these key parameters will allow you to reap the full benefits of compression stockings. This guide is based off what I have observed with patients over the years to help you figure out which ones are the right fit for you! With so many stocking options, doing your own research on line and reading reviews is crucial to picking the right one based on what your comfort needs are. 

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Topics: "leg pain", vein condition, varicose veins

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