Varicose veins are veins that are enlarged beyond normal, most often occurring in your legs. They are superficial veins and are clearly visible under the skin.

Varicose Veins


They are usually painless but can hurt, itch, or burn. See your doctor if you experience these symptoms. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential to prevent the condition worsening.

Common Issues

  • Nearly 30% of the world’s population develop varicose veins
  • They can affect the foot, calf, thigh, or entire leg
  • Varicose veins can be aggravated by high temperatures and may be worse in summer
  • The risks are higher for women, but all risk increases with obesity, lack of exercise, pregnancy or genetic predisposition

Symptoms & Signs

  • 3 mm in diameter or greater
  • Appear as convoluted swellings down the leg
  • Protrude as knot like bulges just under the skin
  • May be simultaneous ankle and leg swelling
  • Other symptoms include heaviness, aching, fatigue, pain, cramps
  • Symptoms may worsen after sitting or standing due to increased blood pressure


  • See your doctor to check for underlying causes, especially if you experience pain
  • If appropriate, you will be referred to Ortho-Kinetics with a prescription for medical grade compression
  • The stockings provide controlled pressure to the leg, assisting blood flow back to the heart
  • The staff at ortho-Kinetics are trained, certified and knowledgeable to help you choose the appropriate garment for your needs, including both function and fashion

How does it work?

Compression therapy works by applying pressure to the leg and foot, reducing swelling and alleviating symptoms. Wearing your stockings daily, exercising regularly, elevating your legs above your heart(lying flat and resting your legs on pillows) and proper moisturizing helps the health of the skin of your legs.

Step 1


  • Call us or book a compression stocking measurement online
  • A measurement and fitting typically takes 30 minutes
  • If you have shorts, bring them (we also have shorts at the clinic)
  • Bring your prescription – this is important if you have not worn compression before
  • Book your appointment early in the day as your legs will not have swelled too much

step 2


  • Review of your condition and your physician’s recommendations
  • When possible, answer any questions you may have relating to your venous disorder
  • Measure your lower limb (or upper limb if indicated) and discuss your various compression options
  • Fit you with your compression garment or order the garments that are specific to your individual needs

step 3


  • If you are returning to pick up your order of individually fitted garments.
  • We’ll show you, in relatively easy steps, how to don (put on) and remove your compression socks (it doesn’t have to be a daily struggle)
  • We can provide you with gloves and aids to help with donning
  • We’ll review how to care for them
  • Compression socks are meant for everyday, promoting healthy circulation for work and play

Frequently Asked Questions

Chronic venous insufficiency is a failure of the valves in your veins, preventing proper transport of blood back to your heart, leading to pooling of blood, most commonly in your legs and feet.

Common signs include skin discoloration, swelling in your legs and ankles, and worse case, pain.

You may not be able to prevent it from occurring, but exercising regularly, avoiding prolonged standing, avoiding wearing high heels for prolonged periods, and maintaining proper weight can reduce your risk of further complications.

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Assessments and measuring for compression typically takes 30 minutes depending on your ailment and your needs. Bring shorts to change into, and your prescription if you have one.

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