Compression Q & A
Q. How might compression hosiery benefit me?
A. Doctors recommend compression hosiery for treatment or to provide relief for many conditions affecting the veins. Even though compression hosiery is considered a medical product, you can wear hosiery without the diagnosis of a medical condition. If your feet or legs hurt at the end of a long day, you may be a perfect candidate for daily wear of compression hosiery. Garments can also be worn as a preventative for certain medical conditions.
Q. What does “graduated” mean as it relates to compression hosiery?
A. Graduated means that the level of compressive pressure applied to the circumference of the leg gradually decreases as you move from the lower to the upper part of the garment. The result is that more pressure is applied to the veins in the lower leg than in the upper leg, which pushes fluids up. The amount of pressure in compression hosiery is indicated using the measurement term “mmHg” or millimeters of mercury, which is how the compression is measured. Some examples are 15-20mmHg, 20-30mmHg, and 30-40mmHg.
Q. What medical conditions can be helped by compression hosiery?
A. The symptoms of varicose veins, spider veins, venous insufficiency, phlebitis, chronic ankle and leg swelling, and deep vein thrombosis can all be helped with graduated compression therapy. Because the correct compression level is highly important to getting the best result, you should consult with your doctor or medical professional for advice regarding the appropriate compression level for your condition.
Q: Who should NOT wear compression stockings?
A. People who have moderate to severe arterial disease, skin infections, severe congestive heart failure and contact allergies with the stockings shouldn’t wear compression stockings.
Q: So I finally bought some compression socks/stockings. How often should I wear them?
A. Compression hosiery should be worn during the day, as often as you desire. We recommend them especially when there will be long periods of sitting or standing. Compression garments should be removed before going to bed.
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