How to Choose Your Compression Stockings

There are several reasons for wearing compressing stockings, including prevention of serious medical conditions, comfort, and even to achieve sports performance. Essentially, compression stockings and garments help improve your blood flow. They also reduce pain and swelling in the legs. Additionally, they can lower your risk of deep vein thrombosis and other circulation issues.

When choosing the proper compression stockings, it is important to understand what they actually do, as well as which type will be best suited for your individual circumstance. Compression stocks are special, snug fitting garments that gently squeeze your leg. Graduated stockings are tighter around your ankle area, with the pressure getting looser as they rise up your leg.

Choosing Compression Stockings

Both socks and sleeves come in different lengths, depending upon the part of body. Most leg garments start just below the knee; however, there are thigh-high and tights available. Compression stockings also come in different levels of pressure, which is measured in mm Hg. Your stockings/garments should feel snug, but not tight enough to cause pain. Mild compression is usually enough to keep you comfortable if you stand for long periods. Higher rated garments that provide a firmer fit are often used to prevent DVT.

Anti-embolism stockings are designed for use after surgery when you are on bed rest. If you are allowed to walk around, graduated compression stockings are usually better. If you are instructed to wear compression stockings for medical reasons, you doctor will select the correct ones for you, as well as measure your legs for a proper fit.

Your doctor will also instruct you as to the proper way to wear them. These instructions may include ensuring that they do not bunch up, as they should lay flat against your legs. You should also not fold or roll them, as that can make them too tight, causing blood flow problems.

Skin & Vein Center

At the Skin and Vein Center, we understand the importance of wearing compression stockings, especially for those who may be experiencing vein issues. We encourage anyone who may have questions about vein problems to come to the clinic for a consultation. It is very important to identify and treat vein problems before they turn into more serious medical conditions. Please call us at the Skin and Vein Center to set up a consultation.

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