When most people think about stockings, they think about clothing that is worn to accessorize a garment or to keep a person’s legs warm during winter weather. Compression stockings are not fashion accessories. They serve as an important medical device that helps individuals improve the quality of their life.
Why Are Compression Stockings Worn?
Compression stockings are used to help an individual improve the flow of blood in their legs. They are designed to apply a gentle squeezing pressure on the legs, which allows the blood to travel up the legs. Compression stockings minimize swelling and can help prevent the formation of blood clots.
Compression stockings are used by individuals who have ailments, such as spider veins and varicose veins, and may be used by individuals who just had surgery.
One of the reasons why prescription compression stockings are given to a patient after surgery is because some surgeries render an individual inactive for a period of time.
This could lead to blood clots forming in the legs if there is not a free flow of blood. Compression stockings address this issue.
What Types Are There?
Compression stockings differ in pressure and length. Some only go up to the knee and others go up to the top of the thigh. They also differ in color depending on the skin color of the individual receiving the prescription.
How Are Compression Stockings to Be Worn?
Compression stockings should be worn all day long. You should be able to feel the compression around your legs. The stockings should not feel loose and free-flowing.
If they are applied correctly, the stockings will create more pressure around the ankles and less pressure around the higher part of the legs.
Some patients use a rubber dishwashing glove on their hands as they adjust their stockings and smooth them out.
Compression stockings should be applied first thing in the morning when you get of bed. It will be easier to apply them at this time since your legs will have less swelling early in the morning.
Patients should wash their stockings every day. A patient should never stop wearing their stockings without first consulting a physician.
Contact Our Office Today
Located in Guelph, Guelph Medical Laser and Skin Centre proudly offers compression stockings to help treat a variety of conditions. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment and see how compression stockings can benefit your specific situation.