Monday, November 8, 2010

How Do Compression Stockings Work?

Compression therapy stockings, socks and hosiery use compression to treat circulation issues that contribute to blood clots as well as thrombosis disorders such as spider and varicose veins. They can also be used on sedentary patients to ease pains associated with prolonged immobilization and on patients before significant surgeries. The stockings apply gradient pressure to the veins in the leg, with the strongest pressure around the ankle, with pressure diminishing as the stocking progresses up the legs. This pressure creates a “natural pump” in the legs that helps to push the blood back to the heart when the wearer moves their legs. This “natural pump” prevents the pooling that leads to symptoms like aching, swelling and the feeling of heaviness.


These stockings come in varying degrees of pressure, are typically prescribed by physicians and can be worn with a variety of shoes, including diabetic footwear and comfort shoes. While compression stocking will not correct existing varicose and spider veins, it can halt their development and prevent the creation of new problem veins. These socks and stocking can also greatly reduce the risk of developing blood clots during long car trips and flights.


Compression therapy stocking can be custom made which tends to be more expensive, or you can purchase socks and stocking that fit specific specifications. Compression stockings come in both knee-length and thigh-high varieties. Because compression therapy is a proven medical treatment that can be prescribed, insurance will often cover the cost.


When you are considering compression therapy stockings, are several factors to consider:



  • The specific condition being treated: Are you treating against blood clots or varicose veins? What symptoms are most acute?

  • Overall comfort: Is the stocking or sock comfortable enough to wear every day?

  • Ease of movement: Does the stocking or sock allow for proper movement?

  • Appearance: How do they look? Do you like the appearance personally?


Note: This information is not intended to supplement or replace advice from a medical professional, or to diagnose or treat any condition.


About MMAR Medical Group: MMAR Medical Group Inc. is a wholesale distributor of comfort footwear and diabetic shoes as well as a wide slection of orthotic braces and supports. Please visit www.mmarmedical.com for more information.

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