Medical Compression Stockings
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Medical Compression Stockings
Leg problems are widespread throughout the world. Compression therapy stockings are an integral part of the treatment of many venous and lymphatic disorders. From spider veins, to deep vein thrombosis, to chronic venous insufficiency, medical compression stockings are essential at preventing and treating these conditions. Progression of venous disease and edema can lead to deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism and venous ulcers. Compression therapy stockings help improve the blood flow in the legs and reduce swelling in the affected areas.
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.
How can we help?
We believe in delivering exceptional patient care. This is why we don’t sell our medical-grade 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. Our Registered Nurse is specialized in lower limb and foot care and is certified in compression garment fitting for vascular and lymphatic conditions. 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. Please wear loose and comfortable clothes to this appointment. This appointment must be booked in the morning to ensure proper fitting.
Registered Nurse, Certified Fitter
Conditions, Diagnosis and Risk factors
- Prolonged daily sitting or standing
- Swollen feet, ankles and/or legs
- History of deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Spider veins
- Varicose veins
- Athletes and runners
- Recent surgery/ post-op
- Tired and achy legs with muscle fatigue
- Poor circulation in the legs
- Chronic venous disease
- Chronic edema
- Age over 40
- Hormonal medications
- Family history
- Post-thrombotic syndrome
- Leg ulcers
How do Compression Stocking Help?
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.
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 edema and surgery recovery by increasing blood flow in legs and reducing pain.
This grade of compression helps with the treatment of chronic venous disease, moderate varicose veins, prevention of venous ulcer recurrence and lymphedema management. Available in ready-to-wear or custom made garments.
Swelling of the arms and legs can be a sign of lymphedema. Compression therapy is an integral part of managing lymphedema. We offer custom made compression garments that are personalized and fitted so you can feel comfortable in enjoying the things you love.
How to use a donner
Jobst SensiFOOT diabetic socks provide comfort and protection for your feet. They offer non constricting, mild compression (8-15mmHg). Jobst’s diabetic socks have a smooth, flat and soft toe seam, which reduces pressure and irritation on toes. Jobst diabetic socks are made with acrylic multi-fiber yarns allowing them to wick away moisture, keeping your feet comfortable, dry and protected. They have extra padding in the foot, heel and toe areas to reduce friction, providing added comfort.
- Anti-microbial finish helps prevent growth of bacteria and fungi on the socks to eliminate unpleasant foot odors.
- Moisture wicking acrylic fibers help keep feet cool and dry throughout the day.
- Non-irritating and smooth flat toe seams reduce irritation and pressure on sensitive toes and skin.
- Feature dense padding in the foot, heel and toe to reduce friction and provide cushioning for extra comfort.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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.
Click here to download a Prescription Form.
Is it covered by my insurance
Most third party insurance plans cover compression stockings. Some cover a percentage while other offer an amount. Most insurance companies will cover up to 6-8 pairs/ calendar year. You must verify the details of your plan as all plans are different. Some plans only cover medical grade strength while most coverage plans require a doctor’s prescription and a diagnosis.