Compression socks are a type of hosiery that’s used to promote proper blood flow in the leg. They work to prevent the feeling of fatigue, heaviness and aching caused by poor blood circulation by squeezing tight at the ankle and gradually decreasing pressure up the leg. This helps reduce swelling, while enhancing circulation in the feet, serving to prevent the risk of developing varicose veins as well as other chronic venous problems. Wearing compression stockings ensure that the individual's blood is circulating properly and prevents blood from pooling in the feet. Compression therapy provided through socks is great at preventing blood clots and keeping the calf muscle healthy and strong.
New to compressions socks? Check out our Guide to Compression Socks to learn about compression levels, how to measure for socks, and most frequently asked questions.
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Compression socks come in many levels of compression, each serve a different purpose when it comes to venous health.
Mild compression (8-15 mmHg) provides relief by minimizing the feeling of tired and achy legs. This is ideal for those who find their legs are tired from sitting for long periods of time. They also help relieve minor swelling in feet, ankles and legs. This level compression can also be recommended for pregnant women who want to prevent the formation of varicose and spider veins. Overall mild compression is best for those who don’t have a clinical condition but who want more energized legs.
Moderate compression (15-20 mmHg) prevents and relieves minor to moderate varicose and spider veins. They also help relieve tired, aching legs and minor swelling of feet, ankles and legs. This level of compression is ideal for those travelling long distances and for pregnant women who are more prone to varicose and spider veins. They are also used in post-sclerotherapy treatment to help prevent the appearance of varicose and spider veins and to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
Firm compression (20-30 mmHg) is used to prevent more serious varicose veins and can also be used during pregnancy. This level of compression is used for more medical reasons, for example post-surgical and post-sclerotherapy treatment to help prevent the appearance of varicose and spider veins. They also help with treating moderate to severe edema or lymphatic edema as well as manage active ulcers and manifestations of post-thrombotic syndrome. Firm compression socks are also a great way to prevent orthostatic hypotension (sudden fall in blood pressure when standing).
The last category we offer is Extra Firm compression (30-40 mmHg). This level of compression should only be worn if prescribed by a doctor or specialist. They help prevent / relieve severe varicose veins, treat severe edema and lymphedema and help reduce symptoms of Orthostatic Hypotension and Postural Hypotension. They are also used in post-surgical and post-sclerotherapy treatment to help prevent the appearance of varicose and spider veins. They also manage venous ulcers and manifestations of Post-Thrombotic Syndrome (PTS).
At Healthwick we are happy to carry such a product that helps with many medical needs. However, this information should not be construed as medical advice. Please ask your doctor or specialist which compression level is right for your needs.
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