Compression stockings are one treatment to improve blood flow in the legs. The gentle pressure they put on your legs helps move the blood up the legs and back to the heart. They may prevent swelling and, possibly, blood clots. Compression stockings are usually prescribed by our physician for people who have varicose veins, spider veins or who may have just had surgery. They are intended to prevent the development of or reduce the progression of phlebitis, edema and thrombosis. They are also called compression hose, support stockings, pressure stockings and gradient stockings.
Compression stockings are prescribed by our specialist to treat poor circulation in the legs. Wearing compression stockings may help with some of the symptoms of venous insufficiency, such as:
• Swelling in the lower legs and ankles
• The heavy feeling and aching in the legs
• Poor circulation for less active people
There are several different types of compression stockings. When you have a consultation with our physician, you may learn about the kind that is right for your issues. Compression stockings may have:
• Different pressures, from gentle to strong
• Different colors
• Different lengths, including to the knee or to the top of the thigh
To get the best effect, compression stockings should be worn all day. The pressure is usually the strongest around the ankles and slightly reduces up the legs. It is usually recommended that you put your stockings on as early as possible in the morning before your legs have had the chance to swell.
To put them on, you should roll the stockings down to the heel and put it over your foot so your heel is in the proper place. Then, unroll the stocking up your leg. Once the stocking is pulled to the top, you can smooth out any wrinkles. The stockings should not wrinkle or bunch up.
Other uses for compression stockings are:
• Pregnancy, when there is more pressure on the legs
• Economy class syndrome, when circulation slows on long airplane flights
• Deep vein thrombosis, when the blood pools, leading to blood clot formation
• Prolonged standing throughout the day, such as experienced by teachers and nurses
• Prolonged sitting throughout the day, such as for an office job
• Obesity, when there is more pressure on the legs
Compression stockings should make your life easier by relieving the pain and pressure in your legs that is caused by venous insufficiency. During a consultation at Premier Vein Institute, our physician will be happy to assess your situation and help you determine how compression stockings can benefit you. We have offices in Tampa, Riverview, St. Petersburg and Lakeland. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.