Compression stockings and socks

Compression stockings (also called graduated compression stockings) can be used for a number of conditions.

- DVT is a condition where a blood clot forms in a deep vein, usually in the leg. If the blood clot breaks loose, it can travel to your lungs and block an artery (this is known as a pulmonary embolism).

- Varicose veins are swollen superficial veins (veins that lie under your skin) that look lumpy and dark blue or purple through your skin. They usually affect your legs, particularly your calf and sometimes your thigh, and are caused by damaged valves in your veins. This means that blood can't travel up your veins as easily and tends to pool (collect) in your veins causing them to enlarge.

- Venous leg ulcers are areas of skin loss (lesions) usually near your ankle. They are caused by problems with the valves in your leg veins.

- Fluid build-up in your legs (edema) can be caused by heart failure and problems with the veins in your legs. Fluid can also build up in your legs during long airplane flights.

How do compression stockings work?

Compression stockings work by putting pressure on the veins in your leg. They are called graduated compression stockings because the pressure they exert is greatest at the ankle and reduces further up your leg. When you walk or exercise your legs they help the natural pump mechanism of the muscles in your leg to improve your circulation.

Compression stockings are available in several sizes and lengths. They are also available with different strengths of compression; Different gradients are available with varying strengths. Your foot specialist/Chiropodist will advise you which strength is appropriate for you.




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