Compression Stockings & Socks: How They Provide Relief from CVI


Feeling pain in the legs is one of those things that can force us to reevaluate or change our lifestyle completely, since it impacts our ability to perform physical activities as well and often as we would like.

If someone has pain in their legs for a prolonged period, it’s best to seek professional medical advice - it could be CVI.

Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI), is a condition caused due to poor blood circulation where the veins in the legs have trouble pumping blood back to the heart. It usually leads to swelling, pain, and discoloration of skin and can also result in damaged valves within veins.[1] 

While there are various treatments, one of the best at-home remedies to reduce the discomfort caused is by using compression socks or stockings.

The way compression socks, and stocking’s function is fairly simple – they apply pressure to the legs, which helps improve the blood flow back to the heart.[2] The pressure applied by the graduated stockings is the maximum at the ankle, which decreases gradually as it moves up the leg, helping push the blood along and therefore increasing blood flow back to the heart.[3]

In addition to this, compression socks/stockings are also convenient and easy to wear. There is a range of products available to choose from like knee-high, thigh-high, and others that enable most people to find what suits their needs best and the level of support that they personally need.

If the discomfort continues, Esenvia® is an over-the-counter medicine which provides effective relief from symptoms from CVI, varicose veins and heavy leg syndrome.

This product may not be right for you. Please read and follow the label before use. 

Esenvia® is a registered trademark of Norwell Consumer Healthcare Inc.


[1] Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)
Cleveland Clinic

[2] How long should I wear compression stockings to improve my circulation?

[3] Graduated compression stockings
By Chung Sim Lim & Alun H. Davies
National Center for Biotechnology Information