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Compression stocking for varicose veins

Posted on March 9, 2015 · Posted in Blog

Compression hosiery have been used to treat venous disorders since 1848, when William Brown patented the first elastic compression stocking. Since then, the use of even lightweight graduated compression hosiery has been widely proven to improve symptoms of discomfort, swelling, fatigue and aching.

How Compression Stockings work

Compression stockings help improve blood flow in your legs. Compression stockings gently squeeze your legs to move blood up your legs. This helps prevent leg swelling and, to a lesser extent, blood clots. There are various brands, styles, and colors of stockings available. The degree of pressure applied around the leg should be guided by a health care professional

Wearing stockings helps with:
• Aching and heavy feeling in legs
• Swelling in legs
• Preventing blood clots, especially after surgery or injury when you are less active

How to Choose Your Compression

• The length of your stocking
Two main lengths are available: knee and thigh highs. A knee-length gradient compression stocking is generally recommended for most cases, but if you have varicose veins or swelling above your knee, thigh high is recommended.

• The compression level
The standard compression levels in the USA are divided into three classes:
Class 1: 15-20 mmHg
Class 2: 20-30 mmHg
Class 3: 30-40 mmHg

When to wear compression stockings

To be most effective, the socks or stockings should be put on at the start of your day and removed before you go to bed. Some people have an inherited weakness of the vein walls or valves, which creates additional challenges to venous return. Wearing graduated compression stockings is vital for the prevention and treatment of varicose veins and other circulatory problems.