Improve Blood Flow with Compression Stockings
Compression stockings do exactly what the name suggests; they compress the legs. The purpose is to improve circulation in order to prevent swelling of the legs, and, in many cases, they are used to help prevent blood clots. They are designed to help keep blood flowing up the legs toward the heart by keeping it from pooling in the lower parts of the legs.
The amount of pressure compression stockings put on the legs is not uniform throughout their length. They squeeze tighter at the ankles. The pressure is reduced as they extend up the legs.
Doctors often prescribe compression stockings after treatment for spider or varicose veins. They are also frequently prescribed following surgery or while recovering from an injury, especially if the patient must be immobile for a while. Inactivity in these situations greatly increases the chances of developing blood clots. The stockings are used as a preventative measure.
Deep vein thrombosis is a type of blood clot that occurs deep within the tissue, often within the legs. Patients who are at risk of or have a history of this condition are often prescribed these stockings.
Compression stockings do not all squeeze the legs with the same amount of pressure. They can vary from very light to very strong compression. Our doctor will specify which type she feels is best for the situation. These stockings also vary in length. Some come to just below the knee and some extend to the top of the thigh.
Compression stockings typically fall into one of two categories. Gradient socks are mostly used for people who are able to walk around during the day. When these individuals have conditions that cause them to experience signs and symptoms of poor circulation when they lay or sit for periods of time, these stockings can help.
Anti-embolism socks are designed for individuals who are bed-ridden or are recovering from a kind of surgery that requires them to be in bed for a length of time. The intent of prescribing these socks is to reduce the risk of blood clots that may form as the result of inactivity during the recovery period.
People who are prescribed these stockings to reduce swelling should put them on when they first get out of bed in the morning. It is during this time when the swelling is at its least.
Compression stockings are a simple and convenient way to improve blood flow in your legs. We encourage you to schedule an appointment at Guelph Medical Laser and Skin Centre to see how these stockings can help you. Our office is conveniently located in Guelph. Contact us today to book your consultation.