Compression Stockings - The Basics

Compression Stockings - The Basics

Compression stockings 

Compression stockings are specialised garments that are designed to apply pressure to the legs, ankles, and feet. They are commonly used to help prevent and treat a variety of medical conditions, including:

  1. Varicose veins: Compression stockings can help improve blood flow in the legs and reduce the appearance of varicose veins.
  2. Edema: Edema is a condition in which excess fluid accumulates in the legs, ankles, and feet. Compression stockings can help reduce swelling and improve circulation.
  3. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT): DVT is a serious medical condition in which blood clots form in the deep veins of the legs. Compression stockings can help reduce the risk of DVT by improving blood flow and preventing blood from pooling in the veins.
  4. Lymphedema: Lymphedema is a condition in which the lymphatic system is damaged, causing fluid to accumulate in the legs. Compression stockings can help reduce swelling and improve lymphatic flow.

Compression stockings come in different compression levels, which are measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg). Your doctor can help you determine the appropriate level of compression based on your specific condition and needs. It's important to wear compression stockings properly, as wearing them incorrectly can cause discomfort or even harm.

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