What compression is correct

Compression therapy

Conservative therapy for vein disease can improve your conditions with non-invasive treatments like compression therapy, exercise and medication. Conservative treatments will not cure or reverse venous conditions. They will treat the negative symptoms of pain, swelling and discoloration that is associated with venous disease, while helping prevent future progression when practiced regularly.

Graduated compression therapy

Compression garments that are graduated have more pressure at the ankle and decrease as they rise up the calf and thigh. This pressure profile helps with calf pump efficiency and promotes positive venous return. Additionally, the external pressure on compression therapy forces dilated vein walls with incompetent valves into a more efficient position, reducing the reflux in superficial veins.

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How to make compression stockings fit better?

We are all familiar with the term, “if the shoe fits, wear it.”  This is magnified more when wearing compression stockings. Most of us have a complete wardrobe of clothes for different occasions and activities. This also applies to our footwear collection, including compression wear. 

First, think about the activities you participate in throughout your week.  Do you work in an office? At home? Or on the golf course? How do you spend your time at home?  What do you do for enjoyment? Walks with the dog? Shopping with friends? Going to a ball game?

Second, think of the different shoes you wear for all of these different activities. Each has its own purpose and a unique feel on your feet.  That is due to the variants of the sole, the material of the shoe and the overall volume. Your sock or stocking choice has a vital role in your overall comfort and wearing experience.

 

What is the best compression stocking for you?

There is not ONE compression stocking, sock or garment that is best for you.  You should have a collection of products to fit your various activities, your wardrobe choices and even the time of the year!

We like to break down the use of compression wear into four categories:

Products for casual wear:

These are typically compression stockings that are opaque in appearance and have a soft texture. They come in various styles and colors to meet your therapeutic and lifestyle needs.  Also, these come in both open and closed toe style.  Open toe may be suitable in warmer climates when wearing flip-flops or open-toe shoes.

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Products for business or formal wear:

These typically are more sheer for women that will provide a more elegant or fashionable look.  Men’s products will have patterns to provide some style verses a solid sock.  These are all available in an assortment of colors to meet the specific need of an outfit.  

 

Products for use during activity:

When engaging in activities, people wear athletic shoes or boots of some sort. This type of footwear requires a durable material with a padded sole to protect the feet from the rigors of activity.  These are almost always a closed toe sock.

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Products for healing and recovery:

Many people are using compression garments- be it an elastic compression stocking, arm sleeve, or an inelastic compression wrap – for more severe conditions. These are normally more robust materials to help contain edema and provide more support than a traditional compression product.  Footwear can be what even makes you comfortable – slippers, sandals or nothing at all! 

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