Specially fitted compression stockings are tight at the feet with a gradually looser fit on the leg. Because there are different types, it's best to use the kind that your doctor recommends and that work best for you.
Compression stockings are a type of sock you wear to help prevent blood from pooling in your
legs. They may help prevent blood clots in deep leg veins.
Compression stockings are tight and help improve blood
flow in the legs.
Compression stockings are tightest at the foot.
They gradually loosen as they fit higher on the leg. This helps blood move up to the heart.
Compression stockings are tightest at the foot. They gradually loosen as they fit higher on the leg. This helps blood move up to the heart.
Continue to Why?
Compression stockings help keep your blood moving. This is important to prevent and treat several problems, including:
Wearing compression stockings may help with symptoms of varicose veins and may prevent venous skin ulcers, because the stockings help keep blood moving in your legs.
Wearing compression stockings helps keep blood moving in the legs, which is helpful for varicose veins and preventing venous skin ulcers.
Continue to How?
Compression stockings can be a part of your daily routine. If they fit right, they should be snug but comfortable.
It's best to wear them all the time, unless you are bathing or sleeping. Plan on replacing your stockings every 4 to 6 months.
putting on a pair of compression stockings can be tricky. But with some practice, you'll find what works for you. Here are some tips:
Compression stockings should be snug but comfortable enough to wear all day.
Compression stockings are meant to be quite
snug. But if they hurt or cause problems, such as your toes turning dark or numb, call your doctor. Ask for help if you're having trouble getting or keeping your stockings on.
Continue to Where?
Now that you have read this
information, you are ready to take an active part in your treatment by wearing
compression stockings every day.
Talk with your doctor or a certified fitter at a medical supply store about any problems you have with your compression stockings. The risk of going without compression treatment is too great to neglect wearing them.
visit your doctor, take along your stockings and anything you use to help you put them on.
If you have questions about this information, print it out and take it with
you when you visit your doctor. You may want to use a highlighter to mark areas
or make notes in the margins of pages where you have questions.
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August 17, 2012
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
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