Compression stockings are specialized hosiery, which are worn from the foot to the knee or up the entire leg. Compression stockings are not your typical pair of support stockings they are constructed to be tighter at the ankle and lower calf, gradually becoming less tight at the top of the calf and knee. Because of this the pressure in the stockings allow for a constant squeeze on calf muscles. This helps to drive blood in the veins back to the heart and reduce swelling in the feet and ankle region.
What are indications for Compression?
Compression stockings are an excellent and simple method of treating disorders such as chronic venous insufficiency, the symptoms of varicose veins, lymphedema and can also help prevent blood clots in the leg. The stockings do not eliminate varicose veins but may help reduce the symptoms in some patients.
Compression stockings are also recommended following leg vein sclerotherapy treatment of bulging blue varicose veins. Furthermore, some insurance companies require a trial period of wearing compression stockings before an endovenous ablation procedure is authorized to be performed.
Compression stockings come in different compression ratios, allowing them to treat mild to major vein problems. The doctor will determine what strength you require. We offer our patients a wide variety of stocking sizes with good quality compression at reasonable prices.
The stockings should be worn first thing in the morning before one gets out of bed and throughout the entire day and removed just before bedtime. Compression stockings remain effective for a period of 6 to 9 months.
How to put on your compression hose:
- Use household rubber gloves. Place foot into stocking as far as it will go comfortably
- Slowly rub the stocking with your gloved hands and advance from your toes until the entire foot is in the stocking
- The ankle section of the stocking is hard to pull over your heel and takes some time, since this is the tightest area of the stocking
- Once the foot and ankle are in, repeat the rubbing technique as you advance the stocking up your calf
- Once the stocking is over your calf remove the gloves and pull the stocking slowly up to your waist
How to take care of your compression stockings:
- Do not put them in a washing machine; the stockings will disintegrate
- Dip the stockings in a basin of cool water mixed with a mild detergent
- Squeeze them gently out and rinse to remove any soap
- Do not pull on the stockings; they will loose their fit
- Lay the stockings flat to dry in a cool or warm place