Many people suffer various venous diseases due to an unhealthy way of living. While there is a lot that you can do to manage this condition, one of the most convenient solutions is to use compression stockings.
What are Compression Stockings?
Compression stockings are only one of the many vein disease treatments. A special kind of stockings that are usually tight in the ankles, it loosens as it goes up the leg. The tight “grip” of the stockings at the ankles causes the blood to flow upward and avoids pooling and clotting in the leg area.
There are different kinds of compression stockings available with varying pressure, depending on your needs. They also differ in length, as some would go up to the knees only, while some goes higher up the thighs.
Who should wear Compression Stockings?
People who suffer from venous diseases, like deep vein thrombosis, should wear compression stockings. There may be some stockings readily available without the need of a prescription, but it is best to consult your doctor first to know which kind you should wear.
Why should I wear Compression Stockings?
Aside from preventing blood clot and promoting blood flow, these stockings also help manage your aching and swelling legs. They also minimize the symptoms of venous diseases.
When should I wear Compression Stockings?
You should wear them all day. They are most useful when you use them when you are standing up or when your legs are working. The length of time you need these stockings will depend on your condition. Consult your doctor about it, because some case may require stockings for as long as three years.
How do I wear Compression Stockings?
Wear them early in the morning before getting out of bed, because it is at this time of the day that your legs are less swollen. Stretch the stockings properly, so that there are no folds or wrinkles while you wear them. Knee-length stockings should not go higher than two inches below the knee.
You may use lotion, but dry it first, to make it easier for you to put on the stockings. Baby powder or cornstarch may also do the trick. When all else fails and you have some money to spare, you can also use a stocking donner, a device to help you put compression stockings on.
Wash your compression stockings after every use. You may have two or more pairs to wear every other day. It saves you the trouble of washing and drying them up daily. Change your stockings every three to six months when your stockings start to wear off.