What are graduated compression stockings?
Compression stockings are specialized hosiery that wrap around the legs that improves the venous blood flow, reducing swelling and discomfort. This is accomplished by providing a graduated compression mechanism, i.e. tightest at the ankles, and gradually reducing in pressure upwards towards the knees and thighs. A doctor may prescribe compression stockings if you just had a surgery, or have spider veins or varicose veins. This helps to treat, prevent and guard against further progression of venous disorders.
Who would benefit from graduated compression stockings?
Almost anyone can benefit from wearing graduated compression stockings. There are products for healthy individuals who would like to prevent venous problems, because of specific situations; for example, long-distance travelling (e.g. long flights), pregnancy and work. These garments will help to reduce symptoms such as swollen, achy and tired legs. For individuals with chronic venous disorders, compression stockings helps to treat, reduce progression, as well as prevent venous thrombosis. By improving venous blood flow, clients will feel the reduction in venous symptoms. Athletes may also benefit from compression garments, as they can help to re-circulate oxygenated and nutrient-rich blood back to tired muscles which have been depleted. This helps to reduce lactic acid buildup and allow the legs to recover faster.
Are there people who should avoid compression stockings?
Generally, these garments are safe for most people to wear when worn properly on the legs. However for some patients, they should be avoided. These include individuals who have peripheral neuropathy, peripheral artery disease (PAD), skin infection and heart failure. For example, patients with peripheral neuropathy may not be able to sense that the stockings are too tight and lead to worsened circulation. Stockings in patients with PAD may further reduce oxygenated blood flow in the arteries and may aggravate infections by compressing or pressure on the affected areas. If you have a medical condition and are not sure, please consult prior to use.
What products are available?
Graduated compression garments with 15-20mmHg pressure are considered over the counter (OTC). For products with pressures greater than 20mmHg, a prescription will be required from an authorize prescriber.
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Do you provide proper fitting?
MJ’s Pharmacy No.1 and No.2 provides compression garment fitting services and education to meet your needs. For fitting services please contact us to book an appointment. We book fitting appointments in the morning to avoid fitting after a lot of swelling has taken place. Contact us today to learn more about compression stockings and our fitting service.