The Good, Bad and Ugly

Advance Vein

Dr. Sonja Stiller, Center for Advanced Vein Care

Like it or not, it’s getting cooler. The leaves are turning, the pumpkins are out and we may already be putting on a light jacket. For those considering treatment for varicose veins, the cooler temperature brings really good news: You don’t have to wear your compression stockings in the heat of the summer.

Varicose vein treatments are typically covered by insurance, but only with a four- to six-week compression stocking requirement before treatment can begin. Plus, we’ll ask you to wear compression during and after treatment, too. That means if you get started now, you’ll be wearing your compression more comfortably in the fall and winter.

Although today’s high-tech compression socks are far more fashionable and comfortable than the “grandma stockings” of the past, you’ll still be better off wearing them in cooler weather.

Materials can vary widely. Cotton tights with compression are often used during treatment, while some stockings come toe-less so you can wear sandals and other open-toe shoes. Some leggings and sheer stockings are especially comfortable. When you come in, we’ll talk about all of these options. We’ve tried every one of them.

We know the good, the bad and the ugly.

To find out more about keeping your legs healthy, give us a call, especially if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • chronic leg pain
  • fatigue
  • itching
  • burning
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • leg cramps or swelling

Dr. Sonja Stiller is a diplomat of both the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine. She is the founder of the Center for Advanced Vein Care, a Tier 1 provider with Lake Health Hospital System, located at 7200 Mentor Avenue, in Mentor. For an appointment, call 440-295-9105. More information can be found at


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