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Everything You Need to Know About Compression Stockings

Are you wondering if you can benefit from wearing compression socks or stockings? Here’s your comprehensive guide to compression stockings and how they can help you live a healthier and more active life.

Compression stockings are a special type of elastic stockings that are designed to promote healthy blood circulation and prevent a number of health conditions including chronic venous insufficiency and varicose veins. If you already suffer from varicose veins, compression socks and stockings are very effective at alleviating symptoms such as:

  • Swollen ankles/feet
  • Heavy or aching limbs
  • Restless legs or night cramps
  • Fatigue or pain

Compression stockings can provide numerous benefits for patients, especially in certain situations that aggravate venous conditions including long-haul flights or a job that requires prolonged sitting/standing.


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Your Comprehensive Guide to Compression Stockings

Compression stockings work to improve blood circulation in the legs and by doing so, they reduce pain and swelling. They can be used in the treatment and management of a variety of conditions, including:

  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Varicose Veins
  • Aching and swollen legs
  • Pregnancy

Who Should Wear Compression Stockings?

The clearest benefit from compression socks is for patients with certain leg problems or those who are at risk for blood clots in the legs (DVT). Factors that increase the risk of such clots include:

  • Prolonged bed rest
  • Sitting for long periods (eg. on a long haul flight)
  • Use of birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy
  • Pregnancy
  • Certain genetic clotting disorders

Other patients who can benefit from wearing compression stockings include people who suffer from leg ulcers, varicose veins, or leg swelling, as well as those with circulatory problems. People who spend a lot of time on their feet may also feel that the compression socks improve comfort.

How Do Compression Stockings Work?

The blood in your veins has to work against gravity to flow back to the heart so anything that impedes that flow (eg. circulation problems, lack of movement, or venous insufficiency) will result in blood pooling in the veins of your legs or feet, leading to swelling or achiness, or even a dangerous blood clot.

Compression stockings work by:

  • Squeezing the leg tissues and walls of the veins, helping blood return to the heart.
  • Improving the flow of fluid that bathes the cells in the legs.
  • Reducing tissue swelling.
  • Improving blood circulation and blood flow.



Are There Any People Who Shouldn’t Wear Compression Stockings?

Typically, compression socks are very safe and wearing them will result in few or no complications, provided that they are worn correctly, without any folds against the leg. However, some patients should avoid them, including those with:

  • A condition that impacts skin sensation
  • A history of peripheral arterial bypass grafting
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • A skin infection or dermatitis
  • A massive leg swelling
  • A pulmonary edema from congestive heart failure

Rule of Thumb: ALWAYS talk to your healthcare professional if you have any medical condition before using compression stockings, as they can help determine if you’re a good candidate for them.


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To find out more about the costs and benefits of our range of quality and affordable Sigvaris compression stockings, visit us at D267, 1600 – 90th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta or call us at 403-253-2555.

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