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Compression Hosiery

Who Should Wear Compression?

  • Patients who stand or sit for long periods of the day
  • Patients who have been prescribed anticoagulants
  • People who travel
  • Women who are pregnant
  • Those who have had a Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Those who experience swelling in their legs and feet
  • Patients with varicose and/or spider veins

What Is Venous Insufficiency?

Venous insufficiency is a condition in which the valves of the veins fail to function. This interferes with venous return to the heart and causes blood to pool in the vein. Factors leading to venous insufficiency include venous stasis, changes or damage to the vein wall or valve.

Venous insufficiency can lead to varicose veins, phlebitis, thrombophlebitis, blood clots, and changes in the skin, including leg ulcers.

Why Compression Works

Compression therapy is the application of external pressure to the limb to reduce venous pressure within the limb. This means wearing socks or stockings that are specially designed to support your veins and increase circulation. To be most effective, the socks or stockings should be put on at the start of your day and removed before you go to bed.

Remember that the heart attempts to pump blood against gravity up the veins of the legs. As a person walks, the regular contraction and relaxation of the calf muscles around the veins are necessary to help move blood towards the heart.

Some people have an inherited weakness of the vein walls or valves which create additional challenges to venous circulation. Wearing SIGVARIS compression socks or stockings is vital for the prevention and treatment of varicose veins and other circulatory problems, especially for individuals who are at risk.

In addition to the compression hosiery, we also carry a new device that is revolutionary in the task of donning compression hosiery. The SIGVARIS Doff N’ Donner is a soft device that allows you to quickly guide a compression sock or stocking up and down your leg or arm, making it simple to don and remove all styles of graduated compression.

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