In the most basic terms, compression devices improve the circulation of blood by squeezing the vein walls together. Compression socks can also relieve pain and inflammation in the ankles and legs. Additionally, compression socks are put on to do better in sports and help avoid severe medical conditions. Read on to learn more about what compression socks, bandages, and other devices have to offer.
Benefits of Compression Support
Nearly everybody can benefit from wearing compression socks and stockings. However, you are most likely to benefit from compression support if:
- You have a clotting disorder that puts you at the threat of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Compression support helps relieve minor feet swelling.
- You are an athlete, compression socks and stocking provides relief and reduces fatigue and painful legs.
- You spend extended periods traveling; wearing compression socks will prevent fatigued legs that result from sitting or standing for an extended period.
- You are pregnant; compression stockings and socks help prevent the development of varicose veins or spider veins.
Other benefits of wearing compression socks include:
- Improving lymphatic drainage
- Help prevent venous leg ulcers
- Help reduce orthostatic hypotension which might cause wobbliness and lightheadedness when you stand
How Does Compression Therapy Work?
Your circulatory system helps carry blood from and to all your body extremities. Therefore, the pressure that is applied to your legs helps your blood vessels work better. The mild squeeze on your ankles and legs lets your muscles relax while at the same time squeezing the vein walls and improving the blood flow back to your heart.
There are three main types of compression stockings, these include;
- Anti-embolism stockings, also called Thromboembolic Deterrent Hose, can help reduce one’s risk of developing DVT. These stockings provide advanced compression at equal pressure. They are designed for patients with mobility issues.
- Graduated compression stockings are usually stronger at the ankle and decrease slowly up the leg. Often, graduated compression socks require professional fitting. Graduated compression stockings are designed for flexibility and to meet specific length and medical strength specifications.
- Non-medical support stockings don’t require a prescription. They include elastic support hosiery and flight stockings. Non-medical compression stockings offer an even compression and exert less pressure than the prescription stockings.
Socks and sleeves are available in many different lengths. For Deep Vein Thrombosis, most stockings go just beneath the knee; however, you can get thigh high and tights if you want.
Usually, your prescription is filled, and your doctor will measure your leg to get the proper fitting socks or stockings. The best time to measure your legs is when they are least swollen. But, if they are too swollen, consider wrapping them with Compression Bandages to keep the swelling at the minimum. Visit Medical Supply Depot today for high-quality compression therapy devices.