Independently Yours Medical Supplies is certified and trained for sizing and fitting compression garments. We carry compression hosiery, socks, and apparel by Sigvaris and Dr. Comfort that are designed for men, women and unisex. Our compression garments are available in 15-20 mmHg compression and 20-30 mmHg compression. Whether you need knee high, thigh high or pantyhose style compression we have them in stock and in multiple colors for you to choose from. Visit our store to be personally fitted for an accurate size by our certified staff.
Compression Garments are a specialized hosiery designed to help prevent the occurrence of, and guard against further progression of, venous disorders[ such as edema, phlebitis and thrombosis. Compression stockings are elastic garments worn around the leg, compressing the limb. This reduces the diameter of distended veins and increases venous blood flow velocity and valve effectiveness. Compression therapy helps decrease venous pressure, prevents venous stasis and impairments of venous walls, and relieves heavy and aching legs.
Knee-high compression stockings are used not only to help increase circulation, but also to help prevent the formation of blood clots in the lower legs. They also aid in the treatment of ulcers of the lower legs.
Unlike traditional dress or athletic stockings and socks, compression stockings use stronger elastics to create significant pressure on the legs, ankles and feet. Compression stockings are tightest at the ankles and gradually become less constrictive toward the knees and thighs. By compressing the surface veins, arteries and muscles, they force circulating blood through narrower channels. As a result, the arterial pressure is increased, which causes more blood to return to the heart and less blood to pool in the feet.
There are two types of compression stockings, gradient and anti-embolism
When to Use Compression Socks:
- Tired, aching legs: Tired, aching legs occur when the blood flow slows down in the legs (can be an indicator of deep vein thrombosis).
- Edema: Edema is a condition where the opposing forces that occur in the small blood vessels and capillaries cause a net ultrafiltration of plasma water into the soft tissues.
- Chronic venous insufficiency: Chronic peripheral venous insufficiency is when the veins cannot pump deoxygenated blood back to the heart.
- Varicose veins: Varicose veins are saccular and distended veins which can expand considerably and may cause painful venous inflammation. Once developed, they will not disappear on their own. The formation of varicose veins is an externally visible sign of venous weakness.
- Spider Veins: Spider veins are the smallest cutaneous blood vessels which shimmer bluish or reddish through the skin.
- Deep vein thrombosis: Deep vein thrombosis occurs when blood flow decreases (especially in the lower extremities), causing blood to pool in the legs and leading to blood clot (thrombus) formation. Evidence does not suggest a benefit in post thrombotic syndrome rates following DVT. Compression stockings are beneficial in reducing symptomless deep vein thrombosis among airline passengers flying for 7 hours or more.
- Lymphedema: Lymphedema occurs when a body part swells due to an abnormal accumulation of lymph fluid, occurring when there is interference with the normal drainage of lymph fluid back into the blood, commonly swelling the arm, leg, neck or abdomen.
- Phlebitis: Phlebitis is the term used when inflammation and clotting occurs in a vein, most often a leg vein, due to infection, inflammation, or trauma. People with varicose veins are more often affected. Inflammation occurs suddenly, causing the thrombus to adhere firmly to the vein wall and risking clogging a superficial vein.
- Economy Class Syndrome: ECS occurs on long flights, due to traveler’s inactivity, gravity, and cramped seating, and slows down the blood flow through veins