Compression Stockings

You wear compression stockings to improve blood flow in your legs. Compression stockings gently squeeze your legs to move blood up your legs. This helps prevent leg swelling and, to a lesser extent, blood clots. These stockings are usually ‘graduated’, in that the pressure is greatest at the ankle and reduces further up toward the knees/thighs If you have varicose veins, spider veins, or have just had surgery, your doctor may prescribe compression stockings.

How to Buy Compression Stockings?

Step 1: You may call your private insurance company to determine if compression stockings are covered and how much

Step 2: Get a prescription from your doctor for compression stocking pressure of 20mmHg or higher

Step 3: come and see our certified compression stocking fitter to measure your legs and get the final product

Compression Strength

Medical Grade 20 mmHg to 30 mmHg and 30 mmHg to 40 mmHg

Compression stockings of 20 mmHg or higher need to be prescribed by a physician.  They are used for the treatment of various medical conditions, and should be used under the supervision of a doctor.

Below is a guideline used by your physician to establish proper compression:

  • 20-30mmHg
    • Tired achy legs
    • Moderate Varicosities including during pregnancy
    • Moderate Edema
    • Post sclerotherapy and other surgery
    • Helps prevent recurrence of venous ulcerations
    • Superficial thrombophlebitis
  • 30-40mmHg
    • Severe Varicosities
    • Severe Edema
    • Lymphatic Edema
    • Helps prevent and manage venous ulcerations
    • Chronic venous insufficiency
    • Helps prevent post thrombotic syndrome (PTS)
    • Manage manifestations of PTS
    • Orthostatic Hypotension
    • Post sclerotherapy
    • Post surgery

Non-Medical Grade 8 mmHg to 15 mmHg and 15 mmHg to 20 mmHg

Compression grades of 20 mmHg or less are considered non-medical, and are used more for general comfort and support for those without underlying conditions.  They are ideal for tired, achy legs, people who sit or stand for prolonged periods, or for use during travel. A prescription is not required to purchase them, but your insurance company may do.

Guideline:

  • 8-15mmHg
    • Leg Fatigue
    • Slight ankle,leg and foot swelling
  • 15-20mmHG
    • Minor varicosities
    • Minor varicosities during pregnancy
    • Tired legs
    • Minor ankle, leg and foot swelling
    • Post surgery

Compression Sock Styles

Knee High compression socks – Are available in many styles and thickness, they range from a thick cushion cotton sock to thin ultra sheer pantyhose material.  They are available in few colors in open and closed toe styles.

Thigh High compression garments – are used when full leg compression is required on 1 or both legs.  They are also available in open and closed toe, in different fabric options and many colors to choose from.

Pantyhose / maternity garments – are the product of choice for clients when full leg support is required bilaterally.

 

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