Many people complain of swollen and aching legs in summer. Why is that?
Due to heat, the elasticity of the blood vessels decreases and they dilate. The veins become more permeable. The consequence: venous fluid leaks out and flows into the surrounding tissue. This results in swollen legs. Even people with otherwise healthy veins can feel this effect. However, heat can cause problems, particularly for people with pre-existing vein problems and therefore already dilated veins. The veins dilate even further, which impairs the return flow of blood even more. This leads to painful and swollen, so-called summer legs. There is also a risk of varicose veins becoming inflamed and the risk of thrombosis increases.
Wearing compression stockings can help prevent painfully swollen legs. By applying precisely defined pressure to the leg, compression stockings reduce the increased venous pressure caused by vessel dilation. The pressure is highest in the area of the ankle and decreases upwards. This supports blood flow in the veins and the blood can flow freely back to the heart. This can reduce painful swelling of the legs.
We are fully aware that most people are not really inclined to put on their compression stockings and wear them during the warm summer months. But having swollen and aching legs is even less appealing. So, compression stockings it is after all.
Tips and tricks for wearing compression stockings in the summer:
A compression stocking only helps if it is worn. Therefore, wear the stockings for as long as possible. If the heat becomes unbearable, the stockings can always be taken off - it is still better to wear the stocking for a few hours than not at all.