Graduated Compression Hosiery

Do you have…

  • Tired and achy legs, swollen ankles or leg pain
  • Varicose or spider veins
  • DVT – Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • PTS – Post Thrombotic Syndrome
  • Open ulcers on your leg
  • History of vein problems in the family

If you are currently experiencing any of these conditions, you may have a venous disorder and could benefit from the use of graduated compression hosiery.

Causes and Factors OF Venous Problems

  • Heredity
  • Long distance travel
  • Prolonged sitting or standing
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Surgery or trauma
  • Infectious Disease
  • Use of hormone medication

How Does Compression Hosiery Work?

Compression hosiery is designed to exert the greatest amount of pressure at the ankle and gradually decrease in pressure towards the top of the stocking. This reverse gradient creates a force that pushes blood back towards the heart, against the forces of gravity.

To be most effective, compression socks or stockings should be put on at the start of the day, and removed just before you go to bed. This will help reduce pain and swelling in the legs and ankles.

Is Compression Therapy Right For Everyone?

Compression therapy is not right for everyone. If you have arterial deficiencies, congestive heart failure, ischemia or other serious medical conditions, you should only wear compression hosiery after being evaluated by your physician and only under their close supervision.

Compression Levels

Mild Compression

  • 15-20 mmHg
  • Recommended for minor ankle/leg swelling, minor varicosities, leg fatigue, pregnancy and post sclerotherapy. 18mm Hg=Anti-Embolism for bedridden patients.

Moderate Compression

  • 20-30 mmHg
  • Recommended for moderate ankle and leg swelling, moderate varicosities, DVTs, venous stasis ulcerations, pregnancy and post sclerotherapy.

Firm Compression

  • 30-40 mmHg
  • Recommended for severe ankle and leg swelling, severe varicosities, DVT’s, PTS, venous stasis ulcerations, and lymphedema.