Compression stockings are specialized hosiery designed to help prevent the occurrence of and guard against further progression of venous disorders such as swelling, phlebitis and thrombosis. They are designed to improve and even correct blood flow in your legs and are best utilized when paired with Sclerotherapy Treatments. Compression stockings are strong elastic garments worn around the leg, compressing and exerting pressure against the legs causing an increase in venous blood flow and valve effectiveness. Compression stockings help relieve heavy and aching legs.
Compression stockings should be worn after every vein treatment and to prevent staining and keep compression on the veins, prevent leg swelling and to prevent blood clots.
If you have varicose veins, spider veins, or have just had surgery, your doctor may prescribe compression stockings.
Wearing stockings helps with:
- Aching and heavy feeling in legs
- Swelling in legs
- Preventing blood clots, especially after surgery or injury when you are less active
Types of Compression Stockings
Talk to your doctor about what kind of compression stockings are right for you. There are many different compression stockings. They come in different:
- Pressures, from light pressure to strong pressure
- Lengths, from knee-high to the top of the thigh
Wearing Compression Stockings
Wear your compression stockings all day. Your compression stockings should feel strong around your legs. You will feel the most pressure around your ankles and less pressure higher up your legs.
Compression Stockings Can Be Hard to Put on
- If you use lotion on your legs, let it dry before you put on the stockings.
- Use a little baby powder or cornstarch on your legs. This may help the stockings slide up.
- Put on rubber dishwashing gloves. Use your hands to adjust the stocking and smooth it out.
- Use a special gadget called a stocking donner to slide the stocking over your foot. You can buy a donner at a medical supply company or online.
Wash Your Stockings Every Day
- Wash the stockings each day with mild soap and water. Rinse and air dry.
- If you can, have two pairs. Wear one each day. Wash and dry the other pair.
- Replace your stockings every 3 to 6 months so that they maintain their support.