Support Hose – Compression Socks with Size Guide!

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Compression socks and sleeves have been in use since the 1960s, but a lot has changed since then. Today, compression wear is in use more than ever before. Many applications have been developed for use in hospitals, sports activities and for treatment of various foot and leg issues.

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What is Support Hosiery?

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Thigh-high, knee-high and full-coverage pantyhose style compression wear is available.

Support hosiery includes compression socks, sleeves and pantyhose. They are well-known for their use in treatments and for reducing symptoms of various venous disorders, fatigue, soreness and swollen legs.

A common issue faced by many of us is swelling in the feet and ankles. This swelling is due to the accumulation of blood and other fluids. Sometimes this happens after standing all day, sitting all day or while traveling.

Home Remedies for Edema
Edema can be an uncomfortable and unpleasant experience.

In severe cases, the swelling can develop up to the knees or even the thighs. This swelling, or dependent edema, can cause extreme heaviness, soreness and discomfort. It can also hinder your mobility and make traveling very difficult.

Several remedies are used to reduce swelling and fight edema. These include oral medicine, the elevation of the lower body, lowering salt intake and the use of compression hosiery.

How Do Compression Hose Work?

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Swelling can occur from being on your feet all day, but wearing pressure socks can help.

Support hose are used in compression therapy and are popular among men and women of all ages. The basic concept of compression therapy is that the application of continuous pressure on your limbs can improve circulation and the way blood vessel valves function.

The sturdy, elastic materials used for support hose apply pressure to the legs and vessels of the legs. By choosing from a variety of pressure levels, compression wear can be used to treat a wide range of health and wellness issues.

Graduated pressure hose are a type of compression hose that work by applying maximum pressure at the ankles and minimum pressure at the knees or thighs (depending on the type of stockings you are wearing ).

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Pressure from your compression socks supports the vein walls, pushing the valves of the veins closer together.

This pressure gradient prevents fluids from pooling in the lower extremities. Graduated pressure patterns are especially effective at improving circulation and are also used in TED stockings.

Compression on the surface of the limbs constricts the veins and blood vessels, gently squeezing them to reduce their diameter. This increases the pressure of the fluid inside them, forcing the blood to flush towards the core of the body. The heart can then efficiently pump fresh blood towards the limbs which leads to reduced swelling.

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Classification of Compression Stockings

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Understanding the different options that are available will help you determine which pair of compression socks are right for you. Let’s take a look at the variety of shapes, lengths, colors, sizes and pressure levels you can choose from.

Shape Options

Footless compression socks, also called compression sleeves, are ideal for athletes.

Compression stockings are available in an assortment of shapes. You will often find them in the form of closed-toe (“regular sock” style), open-toe or a sleeve (footless) sock. The most common of these are the closed-toe type. However, the style you choose will depend on your personal preference and comfort.

Open-toe compression socks cover most of your foot and ankle, ending just before the toes. This type of sock is preferred by individuals who like having their toes unrestricted. They can easily be worn with sandals and flip flops.

Colors

Whether you prefer crazy patterns or neutral colours, compression socks come in so many options.

When it comes to color schemes, you’ll have a diversity of choices. Compression socks are known for flashy color options and designs. Unique patterns and colors have made pressure socks popular, especially amongst athletes.

Nurses and medical staff can show their personality by choosing funky colored socks paired with their uniforms.

The newest designs from manufacturers of support socks also include color options with work wear and casual wear in mind. Neutral shades are ideal to pair with work attire and you can’t go wrong with a classic black compression sock. Skin tone and light-colored compression hosiery is most popular with women.

Length

Another vital classification for compression stockings is length. Looking at lengths, there are ankle-high, thigh-high, knee-high and full-coverage compression wear options.

These lengths determine the coverage area of your compression socks. For instance, ankle-high socks cover the feet only and end just below the ankles; thigh-high socks offer coverage up to the mid-thigh region; knee-highs cover your shins up to the base of the knee.

Pantyhose, also known as sheer tights in the UK, are usually worn by women. Compression pantyhose can provide coverage from the feet up to the waist. An alternative menswear version is available in the form of chaps that cover the legs and have an integrated belt to hold the compression garment up.

Sizes

ComproGear uses shoe size and calf circumference to provide the best compression sock size for each customer.

Sizes of compression garments (of all lengths and types) are usually the same as your standard shoe size. They can vary according to the measurement used by your country, like international, U.S. and Euro sizes.

To choose the correct size of compression sock, keep your foot size in mind. You will also need to record the circumference around the widest part of your calf.

Getting the correct size is very important. A size too large and your compression wear will not be able to do its job effectively. A size too small and your circulation may be decreased instead of improved.

Pressure Level

Tip: Store your matching compression socks rolled up together in your drawer.

One of the most critical factors for the classification of compression socks is pressure level. The amount of pressure applied by your socks can vary from light to moderate to high, creating the following classes:

8 to 15 mmHg:

This is the lightest compression level available. These are used for managing light swelling in the feet and ankles, such as may occur during long flights.

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15 to 20 mmHg: Compression socks with a mild pressure fall in this range. This type of sock is ideal for mild swelling, tiredness and pain in the limbs.

20 to 30 mmHg:

This is the most common compression category. Moderate compression of 20-30 mmHg is effective for preventing DVT (deep vein thrombosis), dependent edema, swollen ankles and varicose veins. They may also be used for post-surgical recovery, diabetes, chronic venous insufficiency and superficial thrombophlebitis.

30 to 40 mmHg:

This category of compression stockings applies the highest amount of pressure on your limbs, i.e., 30-40 mmHg. It is commonly used to treat lymphedema and in recovery from severe ulcers. You must not wear a high compression level unless prescribed by your physician.

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Maternity Pantyhose

Maternity pantyhose are popular with pregnant mothers because they help to manage swelling. These types of compression hose provide additional support to allow for ease of movement and greater comfort throughout the pregnancy.

If you are an expectant mother or just stepping into parenthood, a pair of these can be beneficial for you.

Availability

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A pair of graduated compression socks for athletes.

Compression socks are readily available online through ComproGear or at your nearest drugstore. You do not need a doctor’s prescription to buy a pair with a pressure level of 30mmHg or less. You will need to be prepared by knowing your size and the compression level you require (according to your condition).

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The most popular pressure level is 20-30mmHg.

Online shopping makes it easy to order your favorite compression socks. You can enjoy perks such as free shipping, sales, coupons and discounts. If you do not have time in your busy schedule to go looking for compression socks in stores, then online shopping is your best bet. 

However, some people prefer picking up their socks in person because it gives them a chance to feel the fabric of the sock. Sometimes there may even be a sample pair available to try on.

Remember that compression stockings are a type of therapeutic hosiery. If you are suffering from a diagnosed health condition like ulcers or diabetic peripheral neuropathy, it is best to consult your physician to discuss if compression therapy is safe for you.

Medical Uses and Benefits of Compression Hose

The use of compression therapy has been clinically proven to control, reduce and even treat several medical conditions. You can enjoy the following benefits with the regular use of compression hosiery:

Control Chronic Venous Disease

Peripheral venous insufficiency and chronic venous disorders can create considerable problems with blood circulation through the legs and feet. This disease hinders deoxygenated blood from moving back towards the heart and away from the lower limbs. Freshly oxygenated blood from the heart will have difficulty reaching the lower limbs, but compression stockings can enable healthy blood flow again.

Manage Swelling and Dependent Edema

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Compression therapy is highly effective in managing dependent edema and swollen legs. Depending on the stage and condition of your swelling, compression sleeves (and socks) can keep this disease under control and promote mobility. In cases of mild or minor swelling, these socks can be useful on an as-needed basis. However, chronic edema patients must not discontinue regular use without discussing it with their doctor as discontinuation could worsen their symptoms.

Avoid Deep Vein Thrombosis

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Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a condition in which blood accumulates in the lower extremities of the body and causes heaviness or even blood clotting. This unwanted clotting in the blood vessels can cause extreme discomfort, pain and soreness. The use of compression socks can help the wearer avoid DVT and prevent the pooling of blood in the feet.

Manage Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are common in the legs. These appear as twisted, swollen and distended veins just beneath the skin’s surface. They are usually visible from the outside of the skin and can present an unpleasant look. If they develop in a patient, they do not heal by themselves. Varicose veins are an indication of weak and damaged venous walls and valves. Compression therapy is known to reduce the inflammation caused by varicose veins and can stop their advancement as well.

Reduce Lymphedema

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Lymph fluid (an important part of the body’s lymphatic system) can accumulate in the lymph vessels instead of seeping back into the blood regularly. This can cause lymphedema. Similar to edema, this condition can cause extreme heaviness and discomfort. Compression socks can negate or reverse these symptoms to an extent and give relief to the wearer.

Reduce the Risk of Phlebitis

Clotting and inflammation in the veins of the feet or legs can give rise to phlebitis. This condition can be moderate to severe, depending on the degree of clotting and weakness of the veins. Individuals suffering from varicose veins are at a greater risk of developing phlebitis and should wear compression socks regularly as a preventative measure.

During pregnancy

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Pregnant mothers are often recommended compression socks by their doctors. Compression therapy can help control the volumetric increase in leg veins and can reduce symptoms of edema. Hormone changes and weight gain can also put an extra burden on the blood vessels and legs. Compression stockings can be used to provide adequate support for the lower limbs of pregnant women.

Post-Surgical Recovery Treatment

Post-surgical recovery was the compression sock’s earliest medical use and wearing them is still a popular practice. Post-surgical rehabilitation can include long durations of immobility in bed or a wheelchair. In cases when the recovery time is long and the patient cannot move around, blood circulation throughout the lower limbs becomes limited and can give rise to several health disorders of the feet and legs (including edema and blood clot formation). Doctors recommend compression hosiery for such patients.

Protection of Your Feet and Ankles

An advantage of wearing compression socks is protection from cuts, injuries and insect bites. This use of compression stockings is lesser known, but individuals who have diabetes may find it very helpful. People with diabetes require attentive foot care and protection since they may be unable to sense foot injuries. Compression socks can provide diabetics with an extra layer of protection. Hikers, bikers and runners can also use them as protection for their feet and legs during outdoor activities.

For Athletes

As discussed above, sportsmen and athletes can use compression socks to protect their feet and legs. But this is only a secondary use for compression hosiery. The main advantage of pressure socks is that they provide adequate support to the joints, muscles and tendons. Compression hose can also prevent over extension, sprains or twisted ankles.

Looking Sharp

Thin compression socks can easily replace regular dress socks.

You don’t have to compromise on your sense of style just because you have a leg or foot condition to take care of. You can maintain your style and even polish it further with the right pair of compression socks.

Thinner compression socks are a great alternative to dress socks. Pressure sleeves have also become an essential accessory for runners and athletes worldwide. Choose your favorite style, design and color to stand out.

How to Choose Your Pair of Compression Socks

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Now that you are aware of the variety of sizes, shapes, compressions and lengths available, you can choose which is best for yourself. If you are diagnosed with a specific medical condition, you should use the brand and specifications recommended by your doctor.

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If you are buying on your own, there are a few things you need to keep in mind such as foot size, the compression range suitable for you, length, material and color.

Size

To determine your size if you are ordering socks online, you can take the exact measurement of your foot and the circumference of your calf before you proceed with your shopping. If you are buying from a store, you may be able to try out different sizes or you can request the staff to assist you with size options.

Material

Compression socks and sleeves come in a range of materials and fabric. Spandex, rubber edges, elastane fibers, cotton or nylon-polymer are common fabric options. If you sweat quite a bit, choose a compression sock made of breathable material that will wick the moisture away from your body.

Length

When choosing knee-high socks for yourself, remember this general rule: there should enough space for two finger widths above the hose and the beginning of your knee area. Thigh-high compression hosiery can fall mid-thigh or as high up as two finger widths below the pelvis.

It is not good practice to fold your socks from the top or leave any kinks or fold in them, even if they are longer or higher than you feel is necessary. Folds can cause poor circulation.

How to Wear and Take Care of Your Compression Socks

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Flipping your socks inside out before unravelling them over your legs is a helpful trick.

You can put your socks back on first thing in the morning, as swelling is often minimal in the mornings. This will make it easier to slip your feet into them. Check out ComproGear’s ultimate guide on how to put compression socks on.

It is always best to wear compression socks during the day and remove them before going to bed. They can be worn while you go about your day at work or the gym. Only wear your pressure hose to bed if advised to so so by your doctor.

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Compression stockings are an athlete’s best friend.

Avoid using any ointments, oils or skincare products before putting on your stockings as they may damage the material. Creams can also make it more difficult to pull your socks on over your newly moisturized skin.

It is always a good idea to trim your toenails and fingernails regularly while using support hosiery, as they can nick or damage the fabric of your compression hose.

Multi Color Compression Socks

The average life span of a pair of compression socks can vary. It will depend on the type of material your socks are made of and the way you use your socks. Quality socks will last longer if you take appropriate care while washing them. Hand washing and drying at room temperature can keep your stockings in good condition.

Conclusion

Pressure socks are an accessible remedy with so many benefits and very few side effects. Healthcare professionals agree that compression therapy is a great option for managing many health conditions. Compression stockings can be worn to improve your general well being and are a healthy addition to both active or sedentary lifestyles.

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Support Hosiery – Compression Socks / Stockings

What is Hosiery?

Hosiery refers to knit or woven garments for the feet and legs that are designed to be worn inside shoes.

Women’s stockings and tights are the most common examples, but socks for men, women, and children also count as hosiery.

While it’s easy to think of hosiery as a modern thing, it’s actually not. People have been wearing them since long before the knitting machine was invented in the 17th century in England.

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Origins

The advent of hosiery seems to have gone hand in hand with clothes themselves. Ancient Greek poems reference leg coverings made from matted animal hair.

Knit socks have also been discovered in Ancient Egyptian tombs. On the other hand, widespread use of compression therapy dates back to the Medieval times. Since then, they have been used for the treatment of venous stasis and ulcers, among other ailments.

Support Hosiery – What Are They?

Our focus today, however, is on support hosiery. Unlike traditional dress stockings, support hosiery is designed with elastic material for the sake of compression therapy and comfort. Support hosiery is an umbrella term for individual leg garments. These include compression socks, compression stockings, and compression pantyhose, all of which can be used interchangeably.

How do they differ from normal socks?

The major difference between compression hosiery and run-of-the-mill socks is in elasticity. Support hosiery is made from higher quantities of elastic fibers like Lycra and Spandex. This enables them to exert more pressure at graduated intervals.

Regular socks or stockings designed for warmth or aesthetic purposes are not intended to provide health benefits. They are just regular garments and worn as such. Support hosiery, on the other hand, is a specialized garment used to treat a wide range of illnesses ranging from fatigue and aching legs to venous thrombosis.

As a result, support stockings improve circulation by exerting gentle pressure on your legs and ankles, directing blood flow back to the heart. Support hosiery, like the name denotes, is mostly for supporting weak blood vessels and muscles. Their fabric holds muscles in place and keeps them in perfect shape.

Essentially, support hosiery delivers maximum benefits with comfort in mind. Support hosiery has an edge over other garment-based treatment options. This is because they incorporate an already important piece of attire (socks) into something with medical benefits, all while preserving the aesthetic and cosmetic appeal of regular socks.   

Why Is Compression Hosiery Necessary?

Think of it this way; your legs are one the largest parts of your body. As well they should be, considering they carry your torso constantly. However, their ability to do this can also become an impediment when blood pools in the feet, which deprives vital organs of oxygen.

The fact that your legs are at the bottom of your body, which is literally the lowest point that blood has to flow to, only compounds the problem. Unfortunately, the chances of developing venous complications are very high if you’re on the older side or spend long periods on your feet.

Gravity influences blood pressure just like anything else, but blood may not flow upward easily in people with certain conditions. This is where compression stockings come in, as they gradually coerce blood up the legs and back to the heart.

It is advisable for people who spend lots of time on their feet to wear support hosiery because they’re at risk of having their blood clot. These people include doctors, nurses, surgeons, athletes, and people who engage in heavy physical activity, among others. It’s important to note that support hosiery is not just used to cure certain conditions, it’s also used to prevent them.

Types of Compression Hosiery

There are usually three types of compression hosiery:

1. Anti-Embolism Compression Stockings

An embolism is the result of blood clotting while it circulates in your veins or arteries. It’s a serious and potentially life-threatening condition that often occurs in those who have undergone surgery or experienced physical trauma. In those cases, there is a great risk of blood pooling in the feet, which may cause a blood clot and possible heart failure. The graduation of these stockings occurs at different levels, although the level of compression varies. These stockings are most often recommended for the treatment of deep vein thrombosis in immobile patients.

2. Gradient Compression Stockings

These stockings are designed in a tapered fashion, so they are narrowest at the ankles while continuing to widen as they go toward the thigh. They aid the calf muscles in pumping blood back to the heart. They are recommended for those who are prone to blood clots, lower limb edema, and blood pooling in the lower extremities due to prolonged periods of inactivity. They are also frequently used to address complications caused by diabetes, lymphedema, thrombosis, and cellulitis, among other conditions.

3. Non-Medical Support Hosiery

These are mild compression stockings that generally do not require a prescription. They include support hose and flight socks. Self-diagnosing is usually safe with these types of support hosiery as their mild level of compression is not thought to have any adverse effects on the wearer. On the contrary, they are touted for their many benefits, which include improved performance among athletes, quick relief for muscles, and overall healthy limbs and circulation.  

The level of compression is measured in the same way pressure is. It’s done by determining the millimeters (mm) of mercury (Hg), which is abbreviated as mmHg. The levels of compression differ from low to very high as illustrated in the table below:

         Table 43-1. Compression Classes (European Standard Classification)

Compression Class Pressure at Ankle (mm Hg)
A (light) 10-14
I (mild) 15-21
II (moderate) 22-32
III (strong) 33-46
IV (very strong) >46

 Anything from 20 mmHg is considered high pressure and is usually recommended by a physician after an examination. Those below 20mmHg, however, can be easily purchased without a prescription and are very effective as well.     

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How Do They Work?

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Compression pantyhose are essentially two-way stretch stockings. They can stretch both longitudinally, or vertically, and in the transverse, or horizontally. This double stretch is very important to the concept of support hosiery, as it differentiates them from bandages, which were typically used before compression hosiery came on the scene.

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How compression stockings work

The transverse elasticity allows for the sock to have the smallest diameter at the ankle while still allowing it to be comfortably worn over the heel. The difference in diameter must be compensated for so as to preserve compression without sacrificing comfort.

The longitudinal elasticity, on the other hand, allows for differing leg lengths. It makes it possible for compression socks to be worn over limbs of differing lengths. That said, sharing support hosiery is definitely not recommended.

The main purpose of compression hosiery is to facilitate joint movement. Generally speaking, joint movement increases the length of the limbs and therefore necessitates the stretching that longitudinal elasticity enables. Taken together, these two forms of elasticity allow compression socks to provide their full range of benefits.

Effect on the Limbs

By exerting pressure on your legs, compression hosiery decreases the size of distended veins, which increases the rate of blood flow. Arteries supply oxygen-rich blood to the whole body from the heart, while veins transport it back to the lungs for oxygenation. By compressing the surface muscles and vessels, compression hosiery relaxes the muscles so that arteries can transport blood quickly and freely. This allows veins to push blood through more easily.

Veins also work under a valve mechanism to prevent the backflow of blood to the feet. Similarly, support pantyhose also help in the effectiveness of closing these valves by promoting blood flow to the heart. They clamp on the valves, holding them in a graduated grip that enables them to go about their work without strain.

Graduated compression stockings typically exert the most pressure on the ankles. As such, the pressure reduces as you go up the leg and toward the knees and thighs. The support hosiery also presses on surface muscles, which acts a constant, gentle massage that continually relieves muscle aches.

Benefits of Compression Hosiery

Compression therapy is becoming increasingly popular because of its purported medical benefits. Ever since the discovery of its ability to aid in blood flow, compression therapy has been used for everything from increased comfort to the treatment of various medical ailments.

Compression stockings only help when they are on. Ideally, they are to be worn daily. However, they are generally removed before bed to make sure the reduction in limb volume is maintained. Compression socks may be worn for years or even for life when alternative treatments are unavailable or not the best choice.

Some of the benefits of compression socks include:

  • Improved circulation in your legs and throughout your body
  • Support for veins in the ankles and calves
  • The prevention of blood pooling in your extremities
  • Reduced leg swelling and muscle aches
  • Reduced orthostatic hypotension, which is systolic pressure from being in the supine or standing position that causes dizziness or unsteadiness when you stand
  • The prevention of venous ulcers and lacerations
  • The prevention of  deep vein thrombosis
  • Reduction in the discomfort caused by varicose veins
  • Reduction on the impact and appearance of spider veins
  • Reversing of venous hypertension
  • Improved lymphatic drainage
  • The alleviation of the symptoms of edema

Leg Problems

Leg problems are a pervasive ailment across the globe which causes lowered productivity and is usually a tell-tale sign of something bigger. It’s important to check the health of your limbs so you can get started with compression therapy or the right medication immediately. With venous complications, the earlier the treatment, the better.

Limb problems don’t just pop up suddenly. Usually, they manifest themselves in signs that are often attributed to fatigue or age and therefore largely ignored. However, most of these signs are worth looking into. Some of the most common signs are sudden changes in the way your legs feel. This may present as increased tiredness and fatigue in the legs despite little to no activity. Or it may be a feeling of hotness and flushing in the legs accompanied by numbness. These are both signs to watch out for. A physical examination is also absolutely necessary to see whether ankles are swollen and to check for varicose veins so as to nip them in the bud.

What Leads to Leg Problems?

Leg problems may have a variety of causes, there is not a single, universal cause we can pinpoint. Their onset is usually a combination of one of many causative factors. Some of these factors include:

  • Aging – Most people impacted are over 35-years-old.
  • Heredity – Like many non-communicable diseases, your family history plays a large part in determining whether you’ll experience the condition.
  • Obesity – Excess weight puts more pressure on the legs, which results in an increased workload that causes strain on the blood vessels.
  • Lifestyle – An inactive lifestyle combined with unhealthy eating leads to the accumulation of cholesterol in the veins. This reduces their diameter, thereby limiting blood flow to the heart.
  • Occupation – Occupations that involve a lot of time sitting or standing have a debilitating effect of the veins by either underworking or overworking them, which leads to inevitable complications.

Who Needs Support Pantyhose?

Compression hosiery is required for different reasons and worn by a large demographic. A large number of people with circulatory complications or venous disorders are turning to compression hosiery as opposed to medication. This may have to do with how easy it is to understand how they treat these conditions. In addition, career people who may be at risk are also embracing the compression therapy offered by support hosiery. Generally speaking, compression therapy is prescribed for (but not limited to) the following conditions:

  • Tired, Aching Legs

This comes about when the blood flow slows down in the legs and maybe a symptom of deep vein thrombosis.

  • Edema

This is a swelling of body parts due to excessive fluid that is usually stored in your organs.

  • Venous Insufficiency

This is when veins pump less deoxygenated blood to the heart.

  • Varicose Veins

These are enlarged, swollen, and twisted veins, often appearing blue or dark purple. They are the result of valve malfunction which allows blood to pool or flow backward. Varicose veins are an external sign of weak veins.

  • Spider Veins (mild varicosities)

Spider Veins are the small, cutaneous blood vessels that shimmer bluish or reddish through the skin.

  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

This occurs when blood flow decreases (especially in the lower extremities), causing blood to pool in the legs and leading to blood clot (thrombus) formation.

  • Lymphedema

This is swelling due to an abnormal accumulation of lymph fluid, which occurs when there is interference with the normal drainage of lymph fluid back into the blood. This commonly occurs in the arm, leg, neck, or abdomen.

  • Phlebitis

This is inflammation and clotting in a vein, most often a leg vein, due to infection, inflammation, or trauma. People with varicose veins are more likely to experience this. The inflammation occurs suddenly, causing the thrombus to adhere firmly to the vein wall, which can clog a superficial vein.

  • Lipodermatosclerosis

This is inflammation of subcutaneous fat, a form of panniculitis.

  • Pregnancy

Hormones released during pregnancy and the expanding uterus (which creates pressure on the inferior vena cava – the major vein returning blood up to the heart) can affect leg veins.

The use of elastic compression stockings can reduce volumetric variations during standing hours. Many physicians and vein specialists recommend wearing compression stockings after varicose vein stripping. However, studies show that wearing elastic compression socks has no additional benefits following elastic bandaging for three days in post-operative care. This conclusion was drawn after assessing the control of limbs, edema, pain, complications, and the ability to return to work.

Conclusion

Support hosiery is a useful garment that, if fitted and worn properly, may help in alleviating many conditions while increasing the comfort for the wearer.

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