Your Hand Guide For Calf Compression Socks

Compression stockings are worn for comfort, better performance in sports activities, and for prevention of critical medical conditions.

In a nutshell, compression stockings can improve blood flow. They can reduce swelling and pain in your legs. These stockings can also reduce the chances of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which is forming of blood clots, and also various circulation issues.

Compression stockings are available in various strengths and sizes, so you or your doctor should decide on a certain option which would work best.

How To Wear Compression Socks

  1. Have the stockings smoothened out to ensure they lie flat against your skin when worn. Eliminate bunching.
  1. Be sure that the stockings are not too long. Don’t roll or fold down the tops as that can make the stockings too tight, and cause blood flow problems or even cut off your circulation like a tourniquet.
  1. If you are wearing the stockings due to your doctor’s advice, you may want to keep the stockings on for as long as possible. However, it is okay to remove them when you bathe or shower. You are also free to wear shoes, slippers, and socks over the compression stockings. Do consult your doctor on how long and how often you should use them.
  1. One reason that people resist wearing compression stockings is that the stockings are too hard to get on. It may be true that effective compression stockings are tight, here are a few tips which you can follow to make the process of putting them on and off easier.
  • Make sure your skin is dry. Skin when damp can cause more friction, making it difficult to have the stocking pulled up over your heel. You should towel dry it thoroughly if you want to put them on right after a shower. Let the lotion you have applied to absorb well before you put your stocking on. Do apply some baby powder to your heel and foot to enable the stocking to slight over the tight spots more smoothly.
  • Use rubber gloves. Exam gloves, gardening gloves with rubber surface and dish washing gloves all would do well for this purpose. By using these gloves, you can grip on the stocking better.
  • Don’t bunch the stocking up! While the technique would be good for donning pantyhose, when used with compression stockings, it would create a tight band that is hard to adjust.
  • Turn most of the stocking inside out. We discovered that if the stocking is turned inside out right to the spot at the heel of your stocking, and with the foot part of it left right side out, it will be easier to put on the sticking. Let your foot slip into the foot of the stocking, then slowly have the rest of the stocking turned right side up. Work a few inches at each go until the entire stocking is right side out.
  1. Make a routine which you can stick to. Let wearing compression stockings become a part of your daily routine, so that they can work effectively and make you very comfortable. It is also helpful to have them by your bed as it will help you to put them on first thing in the morning. By washing your comession garments before wearing them will make them much softer, flexible, and easier to handle. Get a spare pair if you could afford, so that it you still have one pair to wear when the other sent to washing.

 

Type Of Compression Socks

The degree of compression falls into a range where the higher number indicates the amount of squeeze or pressure at the foot, while lower number indicates pressure at the top of the sock.

  • 8-15mmHg: This compression strength is ver light and is suitable for those who want to relieve their aching and tired leg muscles. It will reduce fatigue and promote rejuvenation for professionals who have to work on their feet or remain seated for extended time periods. The compression can reduce minor swelling in the ankles and feet.
  • 15-20mmHg: Ideal for travel, sitting or standing for long periods of time. As it can provide relief from varicose veins and minor swelling, it os often recommended for pregnant women.
  • 20-30 mmHg: firm compression. This compression level is quite firm and is recommended for cases of varicose and spider veins that are more severe. Usually prescribed as a post-surgery treatment, it also helps to prevent veins from appearing. It is also suitable to treat lymphedema, and even venous ulcers and post-thrombotic syndrome as well. Compression of this strength level may cause one to be uncomfortable at first, and it does take time for some to get used to it.
  • 30-40 mmHg: extra firm compression. This level of compression is at the upper end of the compression spectrum. While this category is suitable for severe cases of the above conditions, it is not recommended to use this level of compression unless advised otherwise by a medical professional.
  • 40-50mmHg: This extra firm compression should only be worn under the recommendations of your treating physician or other health care provider. This level of compression is specifically made for severe chronic venous insufficiency or post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS) that could cause edema and skin changes like lipodermatosclerosis, stasis dermatitis, hyperpigmentation, or venous stasis ulcers. Doctor’s supervision is required for using this level of compression.

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How To Pick The Suitable Compression Socks For You?

What is the area that requires compression?

With the same reason why compression is used, the length of your compression garments should be decided according to the area in need. Though knee length compression stockings are most commonly available, thigh length would be more suitable if your thigh area also requires compression.

How To Measure For Compression Stockings?What Compression Strength Needed?

One last matter on deciding on the right compression garments would depend on how much compression that you require and how serious is the condition. The guide above should be sufficient to give you an indication. For most cases, the most suitable compression is 15 to 20 mmHg or 20 to 30 mmHg. If you are new to compression socks or stockings, it is highly recommended that you obtain advice from a medical professional before getting a pair. This is particularly true if you want to have a pair with stronger compression strength like 30 to 40 mmHg.

Our recommendations:

  • For occasional or minor discomfort or swelling, try a pair with 15 to 20 mmHg compression.
  • If you regularly experience swelling in the feet or ankles by the end of the day, try compression level of 20 to 30 mmHg, which we find most people enjoy the best results from it.
  • If you are experiencing severe swelling or if you get swelling while wearing 20 to 30 mmHg compression, try instead 30 to 40 mmHg compression. We would reiterate once again that you should consult your physician first. Keep in mind that compression stockings only help to treat the symptom, but not the actual underlying cause of the fluid accumulation.

 

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