|Learn about Compression Stockings
Gradient Compression support hosiery are stylish, light weight
and effective. They come in a variety of styles, colors and sizes.
So whether you are wearing a casual sock or dress compression
sock, no one will know the difference; although, you will be able
to feel the difference and provide your legs with a healthier
Gradient compression delivers a squeezing to the leg that is tightest
at the ankle. The degree of squeezing or compression gradually
decreases up the leg. This compression, generally expressed in
mmHg (millimeters of mercury) provides two main benefits.
A complete understanding of precisely how compression works remains
unknown. Two actions are generally accepted. Probably the most
beneficial effects of compression are its effects on the capillaries
and tissue spaces.
Compression is believed to increase the pressure in the tissues
beneath the skin thus reducing excess leakage of fluid from the
capillaries and increasing absorption of tissue fluid by the capillaries
and lymphatic vessels. Compression therefore reduces and helps
The physical presence of the stocking also helps control the size
(diameter) of superficial veins beneath the stocking. The stocking
does not allow these superficial veins to over expand with blood.
This action helps prevent "pooling". The venous blood
then flows more quickly up the leg towards the heart.
There are four compressions which are normally sold as
Ready-To-Wear. These compressions:
||8-15 mmHg compression - is used
as a preventative measure to help your legs remain healthy.
If you are experiencing tired, achy legs at the end of the
day, this compression may be for you. You can find these by
looking under the "for Men" and "for Women" to the left then view the: For Men
Light Support or For Women Light Support.
||15-20 mmHg compression - is a
moderate medical compression. If you have mild varicose veins,
minor swelling or edema, or post-sclerotherapy, this compression
may be the compression of choice for you.
||20-30 mmHg compression - is a
firm compression and your doctor is normally the person to
make the decision that you need this compression. If you have
moderate varicose veins, moderate edema, post-sclerotherapy,
post-surgical or have had a healed venous ulceration, then
this compression may be for you.
||30-40 mmHg compression - is an
extra firm compression. This is another compression that a
doctor should make the decision for you to wear. If you have
severe varicose veins, severe edema, lymphatic edema, active
venous ulcerations, manifestations of PTS (post-thrombotic
syndrome); CVD/CVI (Chronic Venus Disease/Chronic Venus Insufficiency);
orthostatic hypotension; Post-surgical or post-sclerotherapy
then your physician may recommend this compression for you.
Please remember that these are general recommendations
and your physician is your best source for information.