Compression Socks

This blog discusses the importance of compression hosiery so that healthy blood flow can be maintained via assisting veins that are working insufficiently.

Compression Socks

The heart pumps blood which consists of oxygen to all parts of the body along the arteries. Veins are in charge of pumping the blood back to the heart. When walking or standing, leg muscles will contribute the extra power needed to pump the blood back through the veins and back to the heart.

When our veins have problems pumping blood back to the heart (please see these blogs for the signs of insufficiency and varicose veins) a compression sock or compression stocking may be needed.

Compression socks help to maintain blood flow and reduce discomfort and swelling. GPs may prescribe compression socks if there is a condition that reduces blood flow in your legs. We can also provide stockings that are more bespoke.

There are different types of compression socks and they do come in different sizes, lengths and colours. But most importantly, there are different types of compression strengths and the medical professional, such as a Podiatrist, GP, Pharmacist or nurse will advise which compression sock fit would best fit.

 

 

Types

 

 

Class 1 (Light Mild Support) stockings

 

(compression at the ankle 14 – 7 mmHg)

 

 

 

 

Class 2 (Medium/Moderate Support) stockings

 

(compression at the ankle 18 – 24 mmHg)

 

  • Varicose veins of medium severity
  • Treatment of, and prevention of the recurrence of leg ulcers
  • Mild oedema
  • Varicose veins during pregnancy

 

 

Class 3 (Strong Support) stockings

 

(compression at the ankle 25 – 35 mmHg)

 

  • Gross varicose veins
  • Post-thrombotic venous insufficiency
  • Gross oedema
  • Treatment of, and prevention of the recurrence of leg ulcers

 

 

Compression stockings should be worn during the day, ideally first thing in the morning and taken off before going to bed. In combination with stockings we also advise applying a daily emollient to the legs to maintain skin integrity and prevent irritations.

This blog has been written by Steven Castillo Pinel and is not necessarily the opinion of The Footcare Centre Ltd.

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