Compression therapy is a simple and effective means of increasing blood flow activity in the lower limbs through strengthening vein support. It’s a form of wound care that aims to gently apply pressure to the ankles and legs by wearing specifically designed stockings. These dressings then work to slowly stretch out vein walls and improve overall circulation, which in turn helps eliminate swelling.
Typical compression stockings are generally made from elastic garment apparel, and once put on allow for graduated constriction to begin at the ankle and working its way up the leg. The socks or stockings serve as a replicated muscle, adding some pressure to contracting areas of restricted blood circulation in the leg, allowing veins to loosen up and reduce pain in the lower limbs.
Sufferers of chronic venous disease are the main candidates for compression therapy. Chronic venous diseases arise in people increased pressure strains the leg veins, which can prompt valves within the veins to fail to work efficiently, resulting in blood flow to back up and eventually pool out in the legs. Chronic venous diseases can occur in any patients who have experienced one or more of the following:
Leg injury or surgery
Excessive weight gain or obesity
Prolonged periods without movement
Blood clots in the veins
Without effective compression therapy, chronic venous diseases can lead to future issues. One of the biggest side effects are dilated veins, or “spider veins.” These begin to appear as thin blue lines that can branch out depending on the severity of the blood flow restriction. Dilated veins will drain your limbs and produce heavy periods of fatigue, which can eventually lead to sudden bursts of pain. Compression therapy is a primary source of treatment that can help alleviate aching and loosen constriction between the vein walls.
Receiving compression therapy
Meeting with a clinician is the best way for sufferers to determine how to take on compression therapy. Deciding what amount of compression a stocking should provide is based on figuring out the severity of blood flow constriction, and from then on, patients can wear therapeutic socks, stockings, pantyhose or sleeves to begin treatment. Advanced Tissue carries compression stockings in a variety of sizes that can be used for treatment.
Available products include:
Jobst Ulcer Care Compression Stockings
Depending on a patient’s specific needs, a clinician can recommend the proper product.
Compression therapy is used for a variety of reasons, with the primary intent of preventing varicose veins and keeping current venous problems under control such as edema and skin breakdown. You may be at risk for vein disease if you suffer from one or more of the warning signs listed below. If so, talk to your family physician about treatment options including compression therapy.
- Tired, heavy-feeling legs. Leg pain from prolonged sitting or standing.
- Swollen ankles at the end of the day.
- Varicose or spider veins. Tingling, numbness, burning, or cramping in legs and feet.
- Discoloration of the skin.
- Open sores or ulcers on lower leg.
- History of vein problems in the family.
Everyone can benefit from compression stockings, socks and especially those experiencing any of the above warning signs, women during pregnancy, and athletes.
Our certified fitters will work with you to find the best compression stockings to meet your needs and to ensure that you are comfortable putting on, wearing, and caring for your compression garments. We carry a full selection of Jobst, Juzo and Medi compression stockings to allow for a wide range of sizes, styles, and color selections. In addition, we now carry CEP Sports Compression Socks to help improve athletic performance.
The images on this page are samples of some of the products Erickson Home Medical carries, please call or visit our store for details on specific products or brands.