Years ago I was prescribed compression stockings for varicose veins in my legs. They weren't big veins or very noticeable to someone not specifically looking for them but I knew they were there and they bothered me. I never did use the stockings because, well, they were ugly and expensive ($100++). Now Lululemon carries compression socks for runners to support muscle recovery and leg drainage of lactic acid buildup. Here is what I love about my lulu compression socks:
1. Cheap! $25 and they work just as well for varicose veins as the prescription ones. very tight fitting yet comfy. I had noticeable difference after one use.
2. relieves achy legs after a run in about 20 minutes for me. Also great when you get puffy, achy legs during PMS.
3. great for leg and foot swelling in pregnancy
4. They look much cuter than the pharmacy brand ones.