Posted by | December 20 | 2018

What Are Compression Stockings and How Do They Work?

Compression stockings are a part of compression therapy; a treatment method designed to improve blood flow in the legs for patients with venous circulation problems. Most compression stockings or socks reach up to the knees, while other options are full length. Here’s what you need to know about these effective garments and how they can help treat tired, aching, swollen legs.

Who Should Use Compression Stockings?

Minor or temporary pain or loss of circulation in the legs are nothing to worry about, but some people experience prolonged discomfort and reduction of blood flow in their legs. In these cases, treatment should be sought. People with varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis, or venous insufficiency can also benefit from compression stockings. Here are some of the possible risk factors of these conditions:

●People over the age of 40
●People who take frequent long flights that leave the legs stationary for extended time
●Genetics (people with family members who have venous circulation problems)
●Pregnant women
●People who work stationary jobs for long stretches of time
●Recent surgery patients
●People who have recently had a bone fracture or break

How Does Compression Therapy and Compression Stockings Work?

Compression stockings help blood circulation and support the muscles in the legs and feet. They put pressure on the legs to help the blood vessels work better and mimic the pumping of muscles in the legs as you walk or stand. Due to the pressure of the socks, people who wear them will have better blood circulation, which prevents the blood from pooling and risking clots. The stockings push the blood upward, improving oxygenation of the blood, and stabilizes the muscles to prevent damage and fatigue. Compression stockings can help prevent the legs and feet from feeling tired and aching, ease swelling in the feet and ankles, and may help patients from feeling dizzy or light-headed after standing up.

How to Choose the Right Compression Stockings for You?

If you are suffering from leg and foot pain, there could be a number of causes. Getting your physician to assess your specific health concerns is the best way to get on track to a more comfortable, healthier condition. If you have confirmed that you have any of the issues mentioned above, compression stockings may be part of the solution for you. These simple yet effective garments provide a variety of benefits to those who need them, but they must be worn correctly for maximum effect.

At MedRehab Group, we will work with you to treat your chronic pain and health conditions, including problems associated with your legs and feet. We have a variety of services to help you including physiotherapy, podiatry, and more. We serve clients in Brampton, Georgetown, Hamilton, Toronto, Richmond Hill, Maple, Vaughan, Woodbridge, and Pickering. We strive to do our best to meet our clients’ expectations. Contact us at 1-888-409-4058 to book your first physiotherapy consultation and treatment.

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