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How Do Compression Stockings Help Circulation?

In order for your bodily systems, including your nervous system, respiratory system, digestive system, skeletal and muscular system, and more to properly function you need good blood circulation. If you have poor circulation then you might need a pair of compression stockings

Compression stockings help alleviate issues caused by poor circulation that can lead to strokes, blood clots, and more when blood begins to pull in certain areas. The number of health issues that can be resolved with one pair may surprise you.

Why Do I Need Compression Stockings?

When it comes to poor circulation there are a number of culprits to blame and diabetes is a major one. Those with diabetes tend to suffer from an increase in blood glucose in their blood vessels, causing the passageway to become too narrow for blood to circulate through. Poor circulation can be seen in swelling of the legs, ankles, and feet.

Certain injuries can lead to poor circulation and swelling as well. For example, you may need compression socks after experiencing acute paralysis and other injuries that restrict your muscles from supporting circulation to the lower limbs.

Compression stockings help those with diabetes Many moms also benefit from support stockings due to struggling with swelling after giving birth (Postpartum Edema) because they’re designed to reduce ankle and leg swelling.

Other conditions that compression stockings help include:

  • Sleep Apnea
  • Varicose Veins
  • Blood Clots
  • Vein Disease
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Leg Ulcers

Read More: How Compression Stockings Help Sleep Apnea Patients


How Do Compression Stockings Help Circulation?

Compression stockings relieve varicose veins Compression socks reduce your risk of complications by supporting blood circulation in your lower legs. In order to relieve symptoms of swelling and poor circulation, they mimic your muscle’s ability to pump blood from your lower legs up to other areas of the body. They are generally tighter at the toes and loosen up higher up the leg. Tightness varies based on the type you need. 

By overcoming gravity to prevent blood from collecting and pulling in certain areas compression stockings are able to relieve leg cramps, itching, swelling, fatigue, and more. By keeping your blood moving they prevent blood clots, which are very dangerous and can travel to dangerous areas of your body, like your lungs.

Types of Compression Stockings

Compression socks aren’t only for the elderly anymore. You may notice pilots,  nurses, runners, professors, and more wearing them because they help athletes, people who sit for long periods of time, and people who frequently stand.

If you have a medical need for compression hosiery then you will be measured for the correct size. Options include socks that end just below the knee, socks that are thigh high, and full on tights. Longer pairs are more beneficial for those suffering with swelling throughout their entire legs. 

Compression stockings also have varying levels of pressure and your doctor will measure your legs to determine the correct amount. They should be tight, but not to the point of causing pain. Lower numbers are designed to keep you comfortable on your feet and higher numbers provide more pressure. 

Compression stockings are common after surgeries

Thrombo-embolic deterrent (TED) hose or anti-embolism stockings are used after surgery when patients need to stay in bed. 

You can buy some compression stockings over the counter, but medical grade pairs will require a prescription, that may be covered by your insurance. Plus, instead of only being available in boring shades of tan, there are now tons of fun designs.

How to use Compression Stockings

If you have a medical need for compression stockings, wear them as directed by your doctor. Put them on first thing in the morning before you begin walking around and wear them all day until you’re ready for bed. If you wait to put them on, blood could collect and pull in your lower legs.

Do not roll them up or fold them over or they could cut off your circulation. Also, you will have to remove them to shower and they should be worn daily. Remember to wash each pair in between uses. For this reason, it’s good to have two or more pairs.

Enjoy Better Circulation

Whether you have a medical need for compression stockings or want to try them out for increased athletic performance you’ll quickly notice the benefits of improved circulation. Plus, if you have a medical need for them they may be covered by your insurance. Quickly fill out our qualification form to discover your options and please don’t hesitate to contact one of our representatives with any questions that you may have.

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