How Do Compression Stockings Help Circulation?

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Your blood circulates throughout your entire body, helping to ensure that all of the other systems in your body are working properly. This can include your nervous system, respiratory system, digestive system, and the skeletal/muscular system. When blood does not properly circulate, it is possible for the blood to pool in certain places that can often lead to a stroke or other physical problems. In addition, all the other systems in your body are now compromised because of poor circulation. When this happens, any number of health complications can occur as a result. Thankfully, there’s an easy way to solve this problem: compression stockings!

What is the cause of poor circulation?

One of the major reasons people suffer from poor circulation is diabetes. A person with diabetes is experiencing an increase in blood glucose, building up in the blood vessels and making a narrow passageway for blood to pass through. Poor circulation can be seen through swelling in the legs, ankles, and feet.

Certain injuries can lead to poor circulation as well. Acute paralysis and other injuries can restrict the muscles from supporting circulation to the lower limbs. Many new moms also struggle with swelling after pregnancy (Postpartum Edema) and find relief with compression stockings designed to reduce ankle and leg swelling.

No matter what is causing your swelling to occur, poor circulation is something that should be taken care of immediately. Compression stockings can be a helpful start to getting your blood circulating properly.

How do compression stockings help circulation?

You can reduce the risk of experiencing health complications by purchasing compression stockings to support blood circulation in your lower legs. You may have seen compression stockings being worn by people who sit down for long periods of time. This can include those who are traveling by air, train, bus, or vehicle. The position you are sitting in on long distance travel can be a problem for many because your movement is restricted. However, there are many other reasons for a person to wear compression stockings — these comfortable stockings provide relief for a multitude of symptoms.

How do compression stockings work?

Compression stocking relieve symptoms of poor circulation by mimicking the muscle’s ability to pump the blood from your lower legs up through the areas of your body. The stockings are available in a variety of sizes and styles to suit your body’s needs. You may see diabetic compression socks to knee high and thigh high versions — these are popular choices for those who struggle with swelling throughout the leg region. The stockings use graduated compression to help your blood circulate. This means that they are often tight at the toes and gradually lessens as you move up the leg. The level of compression is dependent upon your condition.

How often do I need to wear my compression stockings?

It is advised for most people who need compression stockings to wear them daily or until blood clots are no longer a threat. They can be worn first thing in the morning until it is time for bed. It is important to try to keep your feet elevated while sleeping to encourage blood circulation.

Compression stockings are an important element to personal health. If you are a diabetic or have suffered some other kind of injury that affects the circulation in your legs, it is important to purchase a proper compression stocking to meet your needs. Be sure to ask your doctor about the style and level of compression that works best for you.

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