Benefits of Compression
November 28, 2022
Compression socks or compression stockings offer many health benefits. By applying gentle pressure to your legs and ankles, they can improve blood flow from your legs to your heart. According to healthline.com, you can use compression socks to:
- Boost circulation in your legs
- Support veins
- Prevent blood from pooling in your leg veins
- Diminish leg swelling
- Reduce symptoms of orthostatic hypotension, which causes light headedness or unsteadiness when you stand
- Help prevent venous ulcers
- Prevent development of deep vein thrombosis in your legs
- Help lessen the pain caused by varicose veins
- Reverse venous hypertension
There are three types of compression hosiery: graduated socks/stockings where the level of compression is the strongest at the ankle and decreases as you move up your leg; anti-embolism stockings which reduce the possibility of deep vein thrombosis and are designed for individuals who are not mobile; and nonmedical support hosiery which provides uniform compression, typically doesn’t require a prescription, and can be purchased at most pharmacies.
Compression hosiery comes in different lengths (just below the knee, thigh high, waist-high tights), compression strength, thickness, styles, and colours. To find out what type will be work for you, speak to your doctor or with a Well and Truly pharmacist. Did you know that you should get fitted for compression hosiery to ensure the proper fit? Our team — Pierre, Brittany, and Sheila — are all Certified Compression Stocking Fitters and ready to assist with taking the measurements required.
There’s a misconception that compression hosiery is primarily for the elderly. This is not the case. People who spend a lot of time standing or sitting – construction workers, office staff – and experience tired, achy legs can benefit from wearing this specialized hosiery. Athletes of all ages wear compression socks to improve their blood flow and oxygen delivery to help enhance their athletic ability. Some pregnant women find wearing compression hosiery helps reduce the chances of swelling in their legs, feet, or ankles. Airline crews and passengers benefit too, reducing the risk of developing blood clots.
If you’re not sure if you need this type of hosiery, book a consultation with Well and Truly RX. We’ll assess your needs and guide you to a suitable option – and depending on the type of hose required, in some cases, we can write up the prescription for you.
If you already have a prescription for compression hosiery, the next step is to book your fitting appointment with us. Book today!
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