As we age, and if you stand or sit for much of the day, the system in our body that circulates fluid from our legs back up to our upper body starts to work less efficiently. Medical compression stockings help to correct this circulation issue which will alleviate the amount of swelling in the legs, calves, knees and feet. It also prevents blood clots.
Compression stockings work by gently squeezing the stretched vein walls together, allowing the valves to close and reducing the size of the vein cavity. This moves blood up the legs.
Who Should Wear Compression Stockings
Compression stockings are especially are important for Diabetics, people with varicose or spider veins , people with general swelling in the feet and legs and pregnant women. If you feel like your legs are constantly aching or fatigued, compression stockings can definitely help you. Compression stocks are available in different lengths, sizes, colors and compression factors depending on the severity of your condition. They are available in knee high for men and in knee high, thigh high and full pantyhose for women. Machine washable as well.
How to Use Compression Stockings
Compression stockings should be worn all day and taken off in the evening before bed. Compression stockings are best put on first thing in the morning before getting out of bed. This is when the feet are least swollen. Simply roll the stocking down to the heel and put your foot in up to the heel. Unroll the stocking over your leg and when done smooth out any wrinkles. Knee high stockings should have a 2 finger width between the top of the stocking and the bottom of the knee.
Taking Care of Compression Stockings
Compression stockings should be washed after each wear in mild soap and water and then hung to dry. It’s best to keep a few pairs of compression stockings in inventory to they can be rotated. Each pair of compression stockings has a longevity of approximately 3-6 months.
If you think you may need compression stockings, please contact us to make an appointment. You may need a referral from your family doctor. Most extended health plans do cover the cost of compression stockings.