You wear compression stockings to improve blood flow in your legs. Compression stockings gently squeeze your legs to move blood up your legs.This helps prevent swelling, and to a lesser extent, blood clots.
If you have varicose veins, spider veins, or have just had surgery, your doctor may prescribe compression stockings.
Wearing Stockings Help With
- Aching and heavy feeling in legs
- Swelling in legs
- Preventing blood clots, especially after surgery
Types Of Compression Stockings
Your doctor will help you determine what stocking is right for you. They come in different:
- Pressures, ranging from light pressure to strong pressure
- Lengths, from below knee to the top of the thigh
Many insurance plans cover compression socks. Check with your insurance company to see if you have coverage for a compression sock when prescribed for you by a physician.
What Brands Do We Carry?
Sockwell and Jobst are two leading brands that we carry on a regular basis.
Tips For Putting On Compression Socks/Stockings
- Put socks on first thing in morning when legs have least amount of swelling
- Hold top of the stocking and roll it down the heel
- Put foot into stocking as far as you can.place heel in heel of stocking
- Pull stocking up and unroll it over your leg
- After top of stocking is in place, smooth out any wrinkles
- To ease in fitting, a little baby powder on your legs will help them slide up better
- Using rubber gloves will help in getting the stocking on as well