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The answer to this question is absolutely. Compression socks and stockings should be worn by a number of men and women for a variety of reasons but mainly because of the effect they have on helping with venous reflux disease or venous insufficiency.
Veins in your legs have the job of moving blood back towards the heart. Veins have valves to help blood move back in one direction only and that is back to the heart. Problems happen when these valves no longer work properly. Blood then flows backwards in the vein and the backup of blood leads to higher pressure in the veins below. High pressure causes the veins to enlarge, more valves to fail and not function properly leading to more varicose veins.
Other signs include swollen ankles and leg discomfort from standing or sitting for long periods of time. This slows the flow of blood, reduces the amount of oxygen supplied to the legs and allows fluid to accumulate. Over a period a time in more severe cases, skin discolouration or venous ulcers can occur in the ankle area.
Here are some factors for men and women that indicate if you might be predisposed to chronic venous disease:
- Heredity (family medical history within a family)
- Prolonged standing or sitting
- Heavy lifting
- Hormonal influences
Gradient compression socks or stockings help improve the blood flow by compressing the veins and making the valves in the veins work more efficiently.
This is done by delivering the highest level of compression at the ankle and gently decreasing this pressure up the leg. Improving blood flow helps the wearer experience immediate relief from tired, aching legs.
Gradient compression leg wear is available in different compression levels to meet the therapy needs of the wearer. This ranges from travel socks to high compression socks. This should be determined by your physician.To see our range of socks and stockings visit our skin care products page. Many extended health care plans will cover the cost of prescribed stockings and socks so be sure to check your plan today.
Compression socks and stockings in our Surrey, BC office are measured by our qualified fitters under direction from our doctor. We carry a wide range of socks and stockings in a range of modern styles. Compression socks and stockings can be functional as well as fashionable. To determine whether you need compression socks or stockings make your appointment by calling 604 580 2464 today.
Compression socks and stockings for prevention of vein disease
Maintaining leg health is a life long activity. The regular use of compression garments helps to counter the damaging effects of high pressure in the veins. It also helps improve circulation. Taking steps to improve blood flow helps reduce the chances of developing chronic venous disease and helps manage varicose veins.
These steps also include:
- Regular exercise
- Eating a balanced diet
- Wearing comfortable shoes
- Not standing or sitting for long periods of time
- Not crossing your legs while sitting
If wearing the compression stockings are merely controlling your symptoms and these symptoms reoccur once the stockings are removed, then make an appointment today to see what your best options are for leg health.