What is Compression Stockings?
Compression stockings are worn to increase blood flow via the veins in your legs. To help the blood flow up your legs, wear compression stockings. This lessens the risk of blood clots and, to a lesser extent, leg edoema.
Your doctor may advise compression stockings if you have varicose veins, spider veins, or have just undergone surgery.
Wearing stockings helps with
- Aching and heavy feeling in legs
- Swelling in legs
- Preventing blood clots, primarily after surgery or injury when you are less active
- Preventing complications of blood clots in the legs, such as post-phlebitic syndrome (pain and swelling in the leg)
Types of Compression Stockings
- Pressures, from light pressure to strong pressure
- Lengths, from knee-high to the top of the thigh