Compression Stockings and their Function
Compression stockings are specialized hosiery designed to improve blood circulation. These garments are made of elastic fibers, such as spandex, cotton, or other microfiber materials, and are worn around the legs.
There used to be a general unfavorable perception towards compression stockings; they were considered unattractive, only worn by the elderly or by patients in a hospital. However, compression stockings have developed to become more stylish and can now be worn by almost anyone, whether they are ill or healthy.
There are three main functions of compression stockings:
1. Prevents and Treats Circulatory Issues
Compression stockings can be used for preventing and treating various circulatory issues. One example is edema.
Edema is a common health problem that affects the legs, ankles, or feet. Edema is a medical term for swelling, which can be caused by inflammation, poor blood circulation, or injury. This occurs when blood vessels leak fluid into nearby tissues, which can build up and cause swelling.
Therefore, compression stockings can help by applying pressure on the swollen area to disperse the fluid that has built up.
2. Relieve Aches and Assists Muscle Recovery
Feeling sore after exercise is very normal. However, sometimes the soreness can last for more than a day, which can affect exercise performance and schedule.
Compression stockings help relieve tired or aching muscles and assist during post-exercise recovery. Efficient removal of waste, such as lactic acid, can occur due to improved circulation, thanks to the compression provided from compression stockings. Runners can benefit from footless compression stockings if they need applied pressure on their calves and/or thighs.
3. Maintain Proper Blood Circulation
Compression stockings essentially help maintain proper blood circulation.
For instance, individuals who travel or work in an office setting may wind up sitting for hours straight. When one is continuously immobile, their veins can struggle to pump blood back to the heart for re-oxygenation. This is because they rely on muscle movement to apply enough pressure, as blood flow slows.
Compression stockings reduce the diameter of the veins which increases blood pressure and boosts circulation. Through improved circulation, compression stockings prevents blood clots and swelling.
Styles of Compression Stockings
1. Graduated Compression
Compression stockings with graduated compression offer pressure is tightest at the ankles and gradually decreases upwards.
2. Uniform Compression
Compression stockings with uniform compression offer an equally distributed amount of pressure throughout all parts of the stockings.
3. Knee-High Length
Compression stockings that are knee-high reach just below the knee. This length is quite popular in the market and are suitable for individuals with medical conditions that affect the lower legs such as edema or deep vein thrombosis.
4. Thigh-High Length
Compression stockings that are thigh-high reach up to the lower thigh and are typically sought for by individuals with circulatory issues, such as varicose veins, in the thigh region.
As the main focus of this article, footless compression stockings are essentially sleeves for the calves or entire leg, depending on its length. They have become widely popular due to the breath-ability they offer and for maintaining circulation and treating symptoms not concentrated on the feet.
Why Go Footless?
Footless compression stockings have been growing in popularity as consumers find them to be comfortable and allows more air to their feet.
Footless compression stockings do not cramp the toes, providing comfort to the feet. They are also quite suitable for warm weather as they let the feet ‘breathe’ and allows one to still have improved circulation whilst wearing sandals, flip flops or other open-toe shoes.
Tips on Wearing Footless Compression Stockings
Wearing and caring for compression stockings is not quite the same for normal stockings; whether you are new to compression wear or need some tips on how to better maintain your current compression hosiery, check out the following tips!
- Measure your legs before buying compression stockings to ensure a proper size is chosen; this can be done either with a help of a professional or by yourself.
- Consult with a medical professional on the compression level best suited for you. Wearing the wrong level of compression can cause more damage than benefit to the legs. If you wear a compression level that is too low, your symptoms will not improve; if you wear a pressure level that is too high, there is a risk of restricted blood circulation.
- Wear compression stockings first thing in the morning as this is when your legs are the least swollen.
- Do not sleep with compression stockings on, unless recommended by a medical professional.
- Do not roll or fold any part of the compression stocking while wearing them; this will create a tight band that can cut off circulation and cause pain.
- Wash your compression stockings every day to retain their tightness and elasticity and to remove sweat and dirt.
- When washing, use mild detergent and hand-wash them with cool water, then leave them to air-dry.
- Do not cut or modify any part of the compression stocking for any reason as this will cause damage to the hosiery and the compression may not be as effective as it should.
- Replace your compression stockings regularly, such as every three to six months or when they begin to loose their elasticity or have gotten damaged or torn.
Check out ComproGear’s Compression Stockings!
ComproGear offers a range of compression wear, with our most popular being anti-embolism stockings that come in both knee-high and thigh-high lengths.
Furthermore, our stockings offer graduated pressure at a 20-30 mmHg compression level.
This compression level is classified as Medical Grade Class I and is the most widely used form of compression wear because it provides firm compression without being too strong.
Anti-embolism hosiery are not ideal for people who walk a lot, but rather for bedridden individuals and people with restricted movement.
However, these compression stockings are great for managing symptoms of varicose veins, edema, and deep vein thrombosis. Pregnant women can also benefit as these stockings can reduce swelling and improve blood flow to the heart.
What are you waiting for? Visit ComproGear.com and get your own pair of compression stockings today!