About Compression Socks
Medical compression socks are specially designed to apply pressure to your lower legs, promoting improved blood flow and overall circulation which in turn prevents edema (swelling) and discomfort. They can also prevent further progression of phlebitis (vein inflammation) and thrombosis (a deep vein blood clot).
Many people can benefit from compression therapy socks. They may be used post-surgery, during pregnancy, or anytime your legs feel heavy or achy. These medical socks are also great for anyone spending many hours a day on their feet, and for long-haul flights.
Compression socks are put on in the morning before any significant swelling would occur to the feet and legs, and removed at night before going to bed. They come in various levels ranging from mild to extra firm, based on the conditions they are meant to treat.
Long gone are the days of your grandmother's drab beige compression socks. We have the largest selection in Barrie Ontario, offering hundreds of styles and colors to choose from. Stop by our clinic and let us help you find your perfect pair!
There are many medical benefits to wearing compression socks, and the reasons for wearing them vary from person to person. The following are the most common conditions treated with compression therapy:
- Spider or varicose veins
- Edema and Lymphedema
- Deep Vein Thrombosis
- Venous Ulcers
- Pregnancy-related swelling
- Poor circulation from standing or sitting long periods of time
Compression levels range from mild to extra firm, depending on your doctor's recommendation.
Tips For Wearing Compression Socks
Medical compression socks should feel snug, but not uncomfortably tight. There will, however, have a firmer fit with pairs intended to treat conditions such as venous ulcers and deep vein thrombosis
In certain cases, such as a 20-24 hour flight, continuous wear is a good idea, but in general, no. Removing medical compression socks allows for better airflow and healthier skin.
It's generally recommended that you do not sleep in them. When laying down, or sleeping the compression of the sock can have the opposite effect and disrupt blood flow, throughout the body.
The use of compression stockings as an after workout recovery has been shown to improve overall circulation, reduce swelling, and reduce muscle soreness in the feet and legs.
Although the risk of developing blood clots is low, the risk increases as the travel time increases. Compression stockings increase circulation while reducing the risk of deep vein thrombosis while on a long flight.
Contact Us For A Fitting
Pressure stockings up to 20mmHg can be purchased over the counter without a prescription. All others used to treat serious conditions such as venous insufficiency or deep vein thrombosis, must be prescribed and measured at our office in Barrie to ensure proper fit. Once you are fitted for and receive your compression stockings be sure to:
- Follow the instructions for proper application and removal
- Wear them for the amount of time recommended by your doctor
- Monitor any changes on areas of the skin that the stockings come into contact with
- Do not sleep in them
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