Compression stockings look like regular elastic stockings but they are specially designed to apply a specific pressure. They come in different types and are used for different purposes.
Compression stockings improve the blood flow by applying pressure to the veins in your legs and feet. It also prevents the veins in your legs and feet from getting swollen.
High-Quality Compression Stockings in Oakville
Pathway Physiotherapy provides high-quality state-of-the-art compression stockings to patients in Oakville. We have different types of compression stockings, such as:
Graduated Compression Stockings
They have stronger compression in the ankle area and slowly ease up towards the top. They are designed based on medical specifications; thus, they need a professional fitting.
They are similar to graduated compression stockings. They are designed for people who are not mobile and prevent deep vein thrombosis.
Who Uses Compression Stockings
Compression stockings address different types of ailments and conditions, especially:
- Those who have varicose veins and other circulation problems like diabetes and deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Those who have just undergone surgery
- Those who have to stand all-day
- Pregnant women and athletes
- Those who are confined to bed and cannot stand up
- Those whose job requires them to sit all-day
Benefits of Compression Stockings
When you visit our clinic, you will undergo a physical assessment so we know whether you need compression stockings and what type you need. Some of their benefits include:
- Reduces swelling in the legs
- Improves blood circulation in the legs
- Supports your veins
- Prevents blood clot
- Prevents venous ulcers and hypertension
- Prevents DVT
Finding the Right Compression Stockings for You
With so many types of compression stockings to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you? Here are three simple steps to help you:
Choose the compression level
Here’s a simple guide about compression levels:
- Sports, travel, or daily use — 15 20mmHg
- Daily use, sports and medical recovery, varicose veins prevention — 20 – 30mmHg
- For serious conditions like swelling and blood clots — 30 – 40mmHg
For more accurate specifications, please call us, especially if you have a specific medical condition.
Compression Socks vs. Compression Stockings
There are significant differences between compression socks and stockings. And knowing them will help you in choosing which is best for your condition.
- Knee-high socks stop below the knee and are specifically designed for swelling in the ankles.
- Thigh High socks cover your whole legs up to your thighs. Their main purpose is to improve circulation.
- Pantyhose or Waist High Stockings cover the whole leg and the torso. They are designed to remove the swelling from your legs through your hips.
To ensure your compression stockings fit your needs and preferences, you also need to consider the material and style.
- Cotton — controls moisture and heat; thus, it’s ideal for daily use or in sports. It can also be used by those who have varicose veins or are experiencing swelling in the legs. However, cotton stockings have generally low compression levels.
- Sheer fabric — they are fashionable and lightweight but provide little compression for swelling.
- Opaque fabric — they are unisex, durable, and comfortable. Most of all, they provide enough compression for the legs.
Our knowledgeable therapists can always assist you in getting the right compression stocking for you.