Compression Stockings

Compression stockings are used to support the venous systems of the leg.  By decreasing compression, the stockings help promote circulation of blood and lymph fluid through the leg.  Maximum compression is achieved at the ankle and decreases as the stocking moves up.

The Framingham study reports that 27% of American adults have some form of venous disease in their legs.  It is estimated that 20-25 million American have varicose veins.  Compression stockings are considered by many to be the first step towards therapy.

Compression stockings help relieve-

  • Edema
  • Tired, aching legs
  • Varicose veins
  • Venous insufficiency
  • What you can do

  • Stay active.  Moving muscles keep the blood flowing.
  • To temporarily relieve symptoms, raise you legs at least 6″ sbove your heart for 10 minutes a few times a day.
  • Wear support stockings.  Support stockings put pressure on your legs and keeps water from collecting in your legs and ankles.
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