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Medical compression garments are prescribed by a doctor for certain venous and lymphatic conditions. However, they should not be worn if there are circulation issues in the legs or serious heart conditions. People with diabetes or neuropathy should also use caution. See infographic to help determine when it is safe to wear compression.
It is best to remove compression stockings when sleeping, as the venous and lymphatic system does not work against gravity and skin regenerates overnight. Your doctor will advise on the best approach for using compression with specific conditions.
Medical compression socks are prescribed to help alleviate symptoms of a certain condition. To get the most out of the therapy, they should be worn daily and replaced every six months, as the compression effect of the material will slowly deteriorate after that time. Patients with venous ailments, chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), lymphedema and lipedema should wear their medical compression stockings daily. Compression therapy should also be used for acute symptoms or after venous surgery. The duration of therapy is determined by the doctor.
Blood clots are a serious risk after surgery, and can lead to further complications such as DVT. To reduce the risk of thrombi, compression therapy is recommended. In the hospital, short-term compression products such as T.E.D. hose or anti-embolism stockings are used. Once a patient is able to move around, graduated medical compression stockings or adjustable compression wraps should be worn to reduce swelling and improve circulation.
Benefits of compression after surgery
Post-operative compression therapy for edema control
After surgery, wearing compression stockings can help reduce swelling and improve the rehabilitation process. Compression therapy can last for weeks, months, or longer, depending on the type of surgery. This helps reduce inflammation and edema, while also increasing blood flow to the area to provide healing nutrients and oxygen.
The type of compression needed for a person's venous disease depends on the severity of the condition, the pressure needed, the material's stiffness, and the style or length of the product.
Compression therapy involves the application of pressure to the leg in order to improve circulation and reduce swelling. It is important to select the right product for the individual, taking into account factors such as gender, lifestyle, size, and ability. Consistent patient compliance is also essential for the therapy to be effective.
The stiffness of the product used to control edema should be adjusted according to the severity of the edema. For more severe edema, a stiffer material is needed to contain and prevent further complications.
Compression stockings should fit snugly, with the pressure of the stocking increasing from the feet to the torso. It is important to get the right size stocking to ensure the correct amount of compression and comfort. Find the perfect fit with our Sizing Guide.
Watch our step by step video guide
or follow instructions below
1. Reach into the compression stocking and grasp the heel.
2. Turn the compression stocking inside out at the heel.
3. Pull the compression stocking over your foot to the heel.
4. Hold the fabric of the outer layer at the middle of the foot.
5. Lift the fabric up over your heel.
6. Use both hands again to grasp the material that is hanging down.
7. Distribute the fabric evenly over your calf and in stages up to your knee.
8. Now lift the fabric over the knee.
9. Smooth out all wrinkles to ensure the stockings lie flat against the skin.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to remove your compression stocking:
1. Remove the fabric evenly over your thigh in stages down to your knee.
2. Pull the fabric down over the knee.
3. Remove the fabric evenly over your calf in stages down to your ankle.
4. Use both hands again to grasp the material that is hanging down.
5. Pull the fabric down over your heel.
6. Hold the fabric of the outer layer at the middle of the foot.
7. Pull the compression stocking over your foot to the toes.
Compression stockings provide external pressure on the veins to help the valves in the veins work properly and prevent backflow of blood. The pressure is strongest at the ankles and gradually decreases up the leg, depending on the style of stocking. It is important to get the right size stocking to ensure accurate compression and comfort.
Recent research has demonstrated that wearing compression garments can increase the effectiveness of therapy by creating a "wall of resistance" that allows the calf muscles to pump more efficiently and improve blood flow. The amount of resistance provided by the garment depends on its stiffness; generally, the stiffer the material, the more therapeutic benefit it provides, while softer, more pliable materials offer less.