Relief For Your Leg Pain
Compression stockings apply graduated compression to the leg to aid circulation. The pressure is greatest at the ankle and reduces as it goes up the leg. This helps the blood return to the heart (venous return), reducing pooling and congestion in the leg veins. The reduction in pooling helps decrease swelling and reduce vein-related symptoms such as aching, leg heaviness and leg fatigue.
- Over-the-counter stockings provide low compression and are not adequate for vein treatment. They may not be strong enough for those with vein symptoms.
- T.E.D. hose (the white hose often used when someone is in bed recovering from surgery) do not provide adequate compression for people who are able to walk.
- Prescription-strength compression stockings are available with varying degrees of compression. The class of stocking used will depend on the indication and severity of the venous disease.
The design and feel of stockings have improved a lot over the years. They look much better and are more comfortable than they were in the past. Now, stockings come in a variety of styles and colors and many companies manufacture compression stockings. Some excellent stocking manufacturers include Medi, Juzo, Jobst, Sigvaris and Bauefeind.
Please let us know if you have any questions about compression treatment or your leg veins. Our dedicated staff is here to help you choose the right compression stockings for your needs.