At Reno Vein Clinic, we receive a number of questions pertaining to compression stockings and how they work. We’ve rounded up some of the most common questions pertaining to compression stockings so you can have a better idea of what they are and how they help relive pain, swelling and increase circulation!
What Are Compression Stockings And Why Are They Useful?
Compression hosiery has been used to treat venous disorders since 1848, when William Brown patented the first elastic compression stocking. Since then, the use of even lightweight graduated compression hosiery has been widely proven to improve symptoms of discomfort, swelling, fatigue and aching.
Compression stockings put helpful pressure on your veins. Graduated stockings tighten the most at the ankle, and gradually deliver less tension as it stretches over the knee and towards the thigh. The result becomes the forcing of blood along its natural course despite the damage to the veins.
Tips on Buying and Using Compression Stockings
You don’t need a prescription to buy compression stockings. You can buy them online, from Reno Vein Clinic, at a medical supply store or at a full service pharmacy. Compression stockings will often range in price from about $50 to $100, depending on the size and style. Unless told otherwise by your doctor, you should not wear them when sleeping.If you plan on wearing them every day, get two pairs. This way, you can wear one while washing and drying the other.
To keep the elasticity, you need to wash them in warm water with a gentle detergent and let them dry flat. This means that if you remove your stockings, you need to wash and let them dry before using them again. This is where it comes in handy to have two pairs. Most stocking will last 3 to 4 months before losing their initial strength.
How to Choose Your Compression Stocking
- The length of your stocking
Two main lengths are available: knee and thigh highs. A knee-length gradient compression stocking is generally recommended for most cases, but if you have varicose veins or swelling above your knee, thigh high is recommended.
- The compression level
The standard compression levels in the USA are divided into three classes:
Class 1: 15-20 mmHg
Class 2: 20-30 mmHg
Class 3: 30-40 mmHg
Compression stocking between 15 and 20 mmHg effectively relieve the symptoms of venous insufficiency, prevent edema (swelling) and are well-tolerated by most people.
When and How to Apply Compression Stockings
Stockings should be applied before swelling builds in the legs. The ideal time is before going out of bed in the morning. If you take a shower, you should put them on right after drying yourself up.
A little trick to make the process of applying my stocking easier is to lie on your back with my legs in the air. This allows the blood to leave the legs which slightly reduces the size.
For more information on compression stockings and to see if they are a good idea for you, contact Reno Vein Clinic www.RenoVeinClinic.com (775) 329-3100