Compression stockings are specialized hosiery or socks, designed to help prevent the occurrence of, and guard against further progression of venous disorders such as edema, phlebitis and thrombosis. Compression stockings promote better venous flow by gently exerting pressure against your legs to help return blood to the heart. This helps to control swelling, varicosities, leg fatigue and other problematic leg conditions.
Compression stockings are specifically constructed to apply gradient compression at measured intervals. The highest amount of pressure is applied at the ankle, and gradually decreases up the length of the stocking. If you have varicose or spider veins, are pregnant, or have just had surgery, your doctor may prescribe compression stockings. Wearing stockings can help relieve achy and heavy legs, reduce swelling, and prevent blood clots, especially after surgery or injury when you are less active.
During a fitting at Activecare, our therapists take the time to carefully measure, fit and select an appropriate medical compression garment custom to an individual’s needs. There are many different types of compression stockings available, which vary in pressure (15-20 mmHg, 20-30 mmHg, 30-40 mmHg), length (from knee-high to thigh-high), and colour.
Compression stockings are covered by most insurance plans.