Seniors

seniorsCompression socks and stockings are frequently worn by men and women with specific health considerations – especially those looking for ways to help control swelling in the legs and feet. Swelling can result from a variety of conditions, including from venous insufficiency. While compression socks and stockings do not typically cure the problem of swelling, they are, in fact highly effective at controlling the excess fluid and minimizing the long term complications that may result.

Compression therapy helps decrease venous pressure, prevent venous stasis and impairments of venous walls, and relieve heavy and aching legs. Compression socks and stockings are also used to both help increase circulation and also to help prevent the formation of blood clots in the lower legs, as well as aid in the treatment of ulcers of the lower legs.

Compression offers various gradient pressure throughout the sock or stocking, and works by providing the most compression at the ankle where the most pressure is needed. There is less pressure as the sock or stocking moves up the leg, which counteracts the effects of gravity making fluid pools in the legs.

How much compression is needed by someone? The general rule of thumb is to use the lowest compression necessary to do the job and get the desired results. Graduated compression is measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg) and ranges from light support in 8-15 mmHg up to 30-40 mmHg and more. The higher the number, the greater the support in the socks or stockings.

The correct compression sock or stocking allows one to feel healthier and enjoy the freedom that comes with improved health.