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Compression Stockings

Compression stockings, also known as compression socks, are specially made socks that fit tighter than normal so they gently squeeze your legs. Wearing them helps improve your blood flow and reduces pain and swelling in your legs. They can also lower your chances of getting deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a kind of blood clot, and other circulation problems. They come in different lengths and tightness, and also as sleeves.

Who needs them

Compression stockings are safe for most people. You may benefit from them if you:

  • Are at risk of circulatory problems like DVT, varicose veins or diabetes
  • Are bedridden or have limited mobility
  • Sit or stand all day at work
  • Play sports
  • Pregnant
  • On a long flight

How do they work

Graduated compression stockings are tightest around your ankle, and the pressure eases as the socks go up your leg. This helps increase how much and how fast your blood flows from your feet and back up to your heart.

The arteries that take oxygen-rich blood to your muscles can relax, so your blood flows freely. Your veins also get a boost pushing blood back to your heart, which helps keep it from pooling and clotting. 

Types of Stockings

Compression socks and stockings come in different lengths and pressures to cover different parts of your body. For DVT, most stockings go to just below the knee, but you can get thigh-highs and waist-length tights, too.A trained personnel is needed to measure and suggest correct compression stockings for you