Why are they called – Graduated – Compression Stockings??
Graduated compression stockings apply pressure to the veins in your legs making it easier for the vein values to more effectively return blood back up to your heart, to help prevent edema the pooling of blood in your lower legs.
Graduated Compression stockings are manufactured in various strengths, which means the stockings offer more compression pressure around the foot and ankle and the pressure reduces further up the leg.
Understanding the way graduated compression / pressure works is:
100% pressure on the Ankle
70% pressure on the Calf
40% pressure on the upper Thigh
Understanding the Different Compression Levels
The most important thing, when wearing compression stockings and legwear is getting the right compression level… that would be most beneficial for you.
The various strength and range of compression will be followed by the letters “mmHg” a medical abbreviation which stands for “millimeter of mercury.” mmHg is a standard unit of measurement used to express compression strength with the medical industry.
There are many different manufactors / brands of compression stockings, however they “all” use the same compression levels to describe their products.
Most common Compression Levels is: Light, Mild, Medium, Firm & Extra Firm
· (Mild) 8-15 mmHg compression stocking level: This particular level of compression provide a “gentle squeeze” for people who are experiencing aches and fatigue in their legs. Some diabetic socks are designed with light strength to improve circulation in the lower extremities.
· (Light) 15-20 mmHg compression stocking level: These compression stockings will have slightly more pressure, often recommended to people whose legs are prone to swelling and fatigue. These stockings are also commonly used to prevent development of blood clots, in the prevention of Deep Vein Thrombosis D.V.T. during long distance travel or when seated for an extended period of time.
· (Firm) 20-30 mmHg compression stocking level: This is the most widely prescribed compression level for people who experience more severe swelling and various vascular problems, including “venous insufficiencies” and peripheral vascular disease. Pregnant women with a genetic history of circulatory issues, or have varicose veins and experience more extreme swelling in the legs are usually recommend by their doctor to wear on a daily basis. Also doctors recommend this stocking for patients who have just had vein surgery in conjunction with venous ablation, sclerotherapy and vein removal surgeries to help speed up post surgery recovery.
· (Extra Firm) 30-40 mmHg compression stocking level: This level of compression stockings are mostly used to combat diseases like “lymphedema” and chronic severe venous insufficiency, which occurs when damaged values in the leg’s lead to blood pooling in the leg causing much leg pain…which can lead to skin damage and leg ulcers, if not treated. These stockings should be used by the direction of your physician.
According to your primary care physician or your basic knowledge about the benefits of wearing graduated compression stockings for circulatory health can be determined by the compression level needed to promote good venous circulation that would be most beneficial for you.
If you have medical questions and concerns, be sure to speak to your pharmacist or your medical physician.
You also will need to be fitted properly. We have a (Certified Fitting Specialists) on hand daily, to help with measuring your legs and any questions you may have.
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