We offer a full line of compression socks and stockings in a wide range of styles, sizes, materials and compression levels, for men, women and children. Some unisex products are also available.
The extremities are common sites of lymphedema. Compression stockings are medical-grade devices designed to improve the flow of blood and the drainage of lymph in the feet and/or ankles. Compression levels range from mild support, to medium support, to firm compression or extra firm compression. Your doctor will prescribe the right level of compression for your specific needs. Compression levels are measured in millimeters of mercury; this technical detail provides specific information about the degree of pressure exerted by your particular compression products.
By graduating the degree of compression from firm at the foot to somewhat looser at the top of the garment, these specially designed socks and stockings can enhance the flow of lymph. Graduated compression stockings work with your body's natural movements to promote gentle, gradual drainage of lymphatic fluid away from swollen feet. Compression garments work without interrupting proper blood flow to your extremities.
Compression socks can also be used to provide relief from minor varicose veins and spider veins. Some women find them particularly useful during pregnancy. Ask your doctor about the right compression level for your specific needs, to reduce swelling, prevent fatique, and minimize pregnancy-related varicose and spider veins.
At appropriate compression levels, compression stockings can also help prevent potentially dangerous instances of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Also known as "economy class syndrome," DVT often occurs during long hours spent sitting in cramped conditions while traveling on jets. DVT is a potentially serious condition that results when bloot clots form deep within the veins of the lower extremities. Compression socks can help reduce the incidence of DVT.
Compression stockings are also used to prevent post-thrombotic syndrome, a chronic complication of DVT. Other uses include treatment of thrombophlebitis (vein inflammation related to a blood clot), management of orthostatic hypotension (feeling faint upon standing too quickly), and post-surgical and post-sclerotherapy treatment.