At Abella Care we have been singing the praises of compression stockings for years. These specialized hosiery improve circulation, can help prevent, or reduce the progression, of venous disorders like thrombosis, phlebitis and edema and can even prevent blood clots in the legs. Most recently we have prescribed them to our varicose vein patients. They are effective in reducing the appearance of varicose and spider veins as well as aiding in the recovery of patients after varicose vein removal procedures.
Compression stockings are manufactured with strong elastic fibers and rubber that can create a significant amount of pressure on the feet, ankles and legs. They are designed to be tightest around the ankles and the pressure lessens further up the leg. The increased pressure can reduce the diameter of blood vessels and cause the blood to flow through more narrow channels. This causes an increase in arterial pressure, more efficient blood flow back to the heart and less pooling of blood in the feet.
The Importance of Proper Fitting
The American Journal of Nursing studied the use of compression stockings and found that as many as 30% of user had stockings that were improperly fitted. A proper fit is critical component in the effectiveness of compression stocking therapy. That is why we recommend the use of compression stockings prescribed and fitted by a physician.
Compression stockings are available in a range of compression levels. The compression is measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg). Ten to twenty mmHg stockings are available over the counter. Anything above that is prescribed, and usually custom fitted, by a physician. The stockings can apply different levels of pressure on different parts of the legs. Stockings with 20-30 mmHg are good for patients with mild swelling and surface spider veins. More serious venous insufficiencies are treated with compression stockings in the 30-40 mmHg range.
Now in Fashion Colors
It took decades for clothing designers to tap into the demand for fashionable maternity clothing and start producing clothing that pregnant women could feel good about wearing. The latest trend brings us compression hose in a variety of attractive styles and colors. There are even styles available with lace along the top. This is a great development that opens up fashion choices for women who wear the stockings every day.
For men and women alike, compression stockings are a good investment for leg health. Their uses are many, and compression hose are not restricted to those with venous insufficiency. Compression stockings also work as a preventative measure and promote good blood flow in the legs of perfectly healthy patients. Visit Abella care to learn how wearing compression stockings can benefit your health.