Compression Socks and Stockings

If you have issues with swelling or pain in your legs, feet, or ankles, compression socks or stockings may be the answer you’re looking for.

This type of leg pain and swelling is a common issue and is caused by the pooling of blood and fluids in your body. If left unchecked, other issues like varicose veins and serious conditions can develop.

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Compression therapy provides a lasting solution. By correcting issues with blood circulation, it can reduce pain and swelling in your feet, ankles, and legs. This means that you’ll be able to handle standing and walking without worrying about pain.

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How do Compression Socks and Stockings work?

Our compression socks and stockings fit perfectly and apply pressure to the feet and legs. They are designed to provide graduated pressure, which means that the compression is strongest at the ankle and gradually decreases towards the top.

This pressure keeps blood from pooling in the legs and forces it back up toward the heart, helping with circulation. As a result, there is reduced swelling and pressure in your blood vessels.

You might be able to find short term relief by elevating your legs, but you may discover that whenever you need to stand or walk around for long periods, the condition gets aggravated.

Types of Compression Socks and Stockings:

are a special variety that’s typically used by patients who are not mobile. They’re designed to reduce the chance of developing a type of blood clot called Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

Socks and stockings are available in different lengths for treating a variety of issues. For instance, stockings that end below the knee focus on treating lower leg swelling. 

Alternatively, stockings that extend higher can treat issues like orthostatic hypotension or postural hypotension (a condition where standing up quickly causes sudden drops in blood pressure) and in some cases, Multiple System Atrophy (MSA). 

A related medical device is the compression sleeve. As opposed to treating circulation issues, compression sleeves are typically used to take the stress off a particular joint like the knee or elbow.

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Choosing the right Compression Socks

If you don’t use the right compression socks, they won’t solve your issues and can even lead to side effects like skin irritation and damage to your leg veins and nerves. That’s why it’s a good idea to get your socks and stockings from a professional clinic like Activa.

We take careful measurements of your legs and feet to ensure a perfect fit. We also provide the necessary education to ensure that you use your compression socks or stockings properly.

Your compression stockings can be tailored to your specific needs. This includes taking into account your level of mobility and the ideal compression strength to solve your particular issues. Even better, they can be designed to meet your personal preferences for style and colour!

Cost and Coverage

Let us expertly craft a solution for your leg pain, swelling issues. You may qualify for Compression Socks or Stockings under your coverage plan. If you’re not sure, check with your provider or HR Department or feel free to contact us for guidance. To learn more about our compression socks and stockings and how they can help you, give us a call or schedule a consultation today.

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