What are compression stockings for?
What are compression stockings?
When a person walks, the muscles around the legs and thighs contract and relaxes. These aid to squeeze the blood in the legs and thighs back to the heart.
Compression stockings are like our leg and thigh muscles. They are tight stockings designed to apply pressures to ankle, legs and thighs. The stockings exert pressure at the ankle, and the pressure gradually decrease as moving up the leg and thigh. This graduated pressure helps to maintain blood flow around the legs and to reduce discomfort and swelling1.
Do I need compression stockings?
The veins in the legs carry blood back to the heart. The valves in the veins ensure the blood flows in the correct direction.
The veins and valves may get damaged. Possible causes include:
- varicose veins (swollen and enlarged veins, usually bluish-purple colour)
- deep vein thrombosis (a blood clot that forms in a deep leg vein)
When the veins or the valves are damaged, these can lead to blood collecting around the ankles or the legs. The following symptoms may appear:
- swelling of the ankles or legs
- aching in the leg
- Itching or burning sensation in the leg
EVIN Medical Graduated Compression Stockings can help to alleviate symptoms and prevent complications. It can also reduce the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis and to prevent varicose vein.
Compression stockings are also for pregnant women who are experiencing leg health problems such as pain, swollen feet, tired legs and a feeling of heaviness in the legs. The problems may be more frequent when:
- a family history of varicose veins and venous disease
- a venous condition was already present before the pregnancy
- sits or stands for prolonged periods of time while pregnant
- you have had more than one pregnancy
Compression stockings are offered to pregnant women experiencing the above symptoms2. The stockings can also improve venous blood flow after pregnancy3. EVIN Medical Graduated Compression Stockings are safe for pregnant women. Wearing Evin Medical Graduated Compression Stockings can reduce swelling and improve tired achy legs symptoms during pregnancy.
If your work requires long hours of standing or sitting, Evin Medical Graduated Compression Stockings can be you solution.The stockings prevent inadequate blood flow in the veins that causes the symptoms.
Compression Stockings vs. Anti-Embolism/TED Socks
|Differences||Compression Stockings||Anti-Embolism Stockings/TED Socks|
|Pressure||15-20mmHg or higher||8-18mmHg|
|Purpose||for people who are able to get up and walk around (or known as ambulatory)||for people laying in bed (or known as bedridden)|
Medical research shows that ambulatory patients with venous disorders require greater compression than that of anti-embolism stockings.
1Nelson, E. A., Bell‐Syer, S. E., Cullum, N. A., & Webster, J. (2000). Compression for preventing recurrence of venous ulcers. The Cochrane Library.
2National Health Service (NHS), UK.
3Jamieson, R., C. J. Calderwood, and I. A. Greer. "The effect of graduated compression stockings on blood velocity in the deep venous system of the lower limb in the postnatal period." BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology 114.10 (2007): 1292-1294.