Medical Compression Stockings
Medical Compression Stockings
How do compression stockings help?
- 15-20 mmHg: Preventive grade that can improve circulation in your legs by increasing blood flow and oxygen supply to muscles. Reduces swelling, aches, pains, and muscle fatigue. Ideal for long-distance travel, pregnancy, prolonged standing or sitting and active wear.
- 20-30 mmHg: Medical grade that provides a higher level of compression to help prevent blood clotting, varicose veins and to treat other medical conditions. Helps with venous insufficiency, mild oedema and surgery recovery by increasing blood flow in legs and reducing pain.
- 30-40 mmHg: This grade of compression helps with the treatment of moderate varicose veins, prevention of venous ulcer recurrence and lymphedema.
How Does Compression Therapy Work?
Medical Compression can either be knee high, thigh high or full on panty hosiery. Medical Compression stockings reduce the circumference of the lower legs which helps the blood to flow faster; this prevents the chances of blood ‘pooling’ and creating blood clots. The Compression also improves the functioning of the valves in legs and the pumping action of the calf muscles. The stockings are typically worn in the morning, or a few hours a day, and removed at bedtime. They help relieve the symptoms associated with tired achy legs, swelling and venous insufficiency. Remember that this is a treatment and not a cure to the underlying medical condition. If your condition requires close medical attention, please follow-up with your Family Doctor.
How can we help?
We believe in delivering exceptional patient care. This is why we don’t sell our socks off the shelf. Why? Because we value the importance of providing a consultation and an assessment with our Registered Nurse prior to your purchase. You see, the vascular system is a complex system. There can be many reasons behind swollen legs, skin changes to the lower limbs, etc. Purchasing compression socks for the wrong reasons without a proper assessment and dispensing can do more harm than good. Our compression therapy appointment includes a health history review, an assessment of your lower limbs, proper measurements, additional testing if required and health teaching. Yes, this might take some time but it is crucial to take this extra time to ensure that we are taking the proper course of treatment!
If our Nurse suspects any underlying conditions that should be addressed with your primary health care provider before starting compression therapy, she will communicate with your doctor or nurse practitioner with your consent. If she suspects that you would benefit from a different grade stocking depending on your leg’s health, she will also communicate with your primary health practitioner.
Compression socks shouldn’t be a ‘grab and go’ purchase like regular socks, because they are not like regular socks. We dispense medical grade equipment with care because we care. That’s how we deliver our Soul to Sole approach!
Who Can Benefit From Medical Compression Stockings?
- Swollen feet, ankles and/or legs
- Prolonged daily sitting or standing
- Pregnant women
- History of deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Presence of spider veins and/or varicose veins
- Individuals who’ve had recent surgery
- Tired and achy legs with muscle fatigue
DO I NEED A DOCTOR’S REFERRAL?
Medical compression stockings of 20mmHg or higher need to be prescribed by your Family Doctor. Because they are used for the treatment of different medical conditions, your Family Doctor must be consulted before you wear compression stockings. Even if there are many benefits, there are still some contraindications to wearing medical compression stockings. Prescriptions must be renewed on an annual basis and your Doctor must review if the treatment is still necessary. We have specific prescription pads for our Medical Compression Stockings that we can gladly provide you or fax to your Family Doctor.
Is it covered by my insurance?
Most third party insurance plans cover compression stockings; however, you must verify the details of your plan prior to purchase. Some plans only cover medical grade strength while most coverage plans require a doctor’s prescription and referral.