What information about venous insufficiency should be given to patients?

Updated: Sep 25, 2020
  • Author: Robert Weiss, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Patients with venous insufficiency syndromes should be instructed to wear compression stockings as much as they can, unless they also have arterial insufficiency or unless they cannot tolerate the stockings for some other reason.

Patients should also be instructed to avoid prolonged standing or sitting and to perform walking or calf-muscle exercises at regular intervals.

For patient education resources, see Blood Clot in the Legs, Varicose Veins, and Phlebitis.

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