Okay so I'm in my last semester of Nursing school and starting a job as an extern so between clinicals and work this semester, I will be on my feet a lot! My mom has been a nurse for almost 30 years and has had varicose veins BAD for as long as I can remember. I know it sounds horrible, but every time I see her legs, I get freaked out. I don't want to not be able to wear shorts by the time I'm thirty! I've been thinking about getting some compression hose to start wearing now to prevent this from happening. I've searched on here, but I've read a lot of different opinions. I just have a few questions for those of you who wear them? Are they uncomfortable or do they fall down and bother you? Do you really need the actual hose or are knee high socks just as good? What brands are good and where do you find them? While looking them up on the Internet, I've seen different numbers like 15-20, etc. What kind do I need? Will starting now make a difference or do I not need them until I'm a little older (I'm 22)? And most importantly, does this actually help prevent spider veins or am I just destined to get them no matter what?