Men and women suffer from time-to-time with lower leg pain, varicose veins, spider veings, thrombosis, phlebitis, edema, as well as leg or foot ulcers. Any one of these can cause immense grief to the point that it impedes ability to walk comfortably, stand or to take part in a favourite activity. Depending on an individual’s situation, compression hosiery may be what is required in seeking relief.
What Is Compression Hosiery?
Compression stockings are special hosiery specifically designed to help prevent further advancement of venous disorders. Simply explained, compression stockings are elastic garments worn on the feet or around the leg that compress the limb. The pressure against the feet or legs reduces the diameter of distended veins. Compression hosiery also aids in decreasing venous pressure and prevents venous stasis. What they are most recognized for is that they relieve the pressure of aching legs.
Using stronger elastics, compression stockings create significant pressure on the legs, ankles and feet. Tightest at the ankles, compression hosiery gradually becomes less constrictive towards the knees (and towards the thighs in the longer varieties). By compressing surface veins, muscles and arteries, the circulating blood is forced through narrower circulatory channels resulting in more blood to return to the heart and less blood pooling in the feet.
Anyone who wears compression hosiery can feel better, especially those who spend a lot of time standing or in sitting positions. Compression socks are especially beneficial for most people because they basically help the body circulate blood more efficiently throughout the feet and legs. Also, those who suffer from inflammation as well as problems with their muscle know are told by their health professionals, that compression socks can make a considerable difference in their overall wellness.
Compression Socks Are Not What They Used To Be
Nowadays compression socks and other hosiery are much more stylish than they were years ago. The fear of being told that wearing these was essential to getting better no longer exists. Today’s compression hosiery is designed for men and women who want to look stylish.
In addition to style, those who enjoy athletic endeavors such as running will find that compression socks will highly benefit them as well, for function and for looks.
If you want to be proactive there are things you can do to help avoid ever needing compression hosiery. Things to watch for that may be precursors to venous disorders:
- Swollen feet or ankles at the end of the day
- Pain in the legs after sitting or standing for long periods of time
- Spider veins
- Restless legs
- Varicose veins
- Leg cramps
- Legs feel tired and heavy
- Aching in the legs
- Skin discoloration
- Burning or numbness experienced in the feet or legs
If any of these symptoms persist you should make an appointment to see a health professional. Venous disorders may progress into a worse condition if not examined by a professional. Early detection and treatment which may be compression hosiery is your best defense against developing worse issues with your veins.e.
If you’re not sure if you may benefit from compression hosiery, give Chiro-Med Rehab Centre a call. Chiro-Med Rehab Centre has a walk-in clinic conveniently located at 10144 Yonge Street, just north of Major MacKenzie Drive in the heart of Richmond Hill. Call 905-918-0419 for more information.