What are compression stockings?
Compression stockings and socks are specialized hosiery designed to increase blood circulation.
Their main therapeutic purpose is to provide graduated pressure on the lower leg and foot to help improve blood flow, reduce swelling and thereby decreasing discomfort.
Compression stockings are available in varying strengths of compression and as well as sizes, length and colours. For proper fit, your legs will need to be measured beforehand.
How do compression stockings work?
The compression increases the pressure under the skin, which helps to reduce and prevent swelling, and moves excess fluid back into the capillaries.
Your condition will determine the compression necessary, as well as the recommended time to wear the stockings. If you’re required to wear compression stockings for more than three months, you will likely need your legs re-measured and your stockings replaced.
What problems can compression stockings help?
- Tired and/or aching legs from prolonged standing or sitting
- Leg, calf, ankle and foot swelling
- Varicose veins
- Post-thrombotic syndrome
- Chronic venous disease
Is there anyone who shouldn’t use compression stockings?
Yes. It’s important that your doctor has a full understanding of your medical history before recommending the use of compression stockings are there are some conditions where compression is not recommended.
If you have questions regarding compression stockings, please reach out to us: 519-258-8544 – we’re here for your health.