How do Support Hose Work?

Support hose are a specific kind of stocking used to treat or prevent certain medical conditions. Support hose are also called compression stockings, because they compress the veins in the lower legs in an effort to reduce swelling, pain and muscle fatigue. Compression stockings are made of a thick, elastic material and apply graduated pressure along the leg. For those who find thigh-high stockings uncomfortable, knee-high compression hose are also available. Some people purchase low-level compression hosiery at the local pharmacy or medical supply store, but your Canton physician can prescribe higher levels of compression to treat specific medical conditions, such as leg edema, varicose veins and blood clots in the legs. Support stockings treat these conditions by squeezing the vessels and muscles in the legs, increasing circulation and redirecting blood flow back to the heart. Stockings also help prevent varicose veins by keeping the blood from leaking out of large blood vessels.

To be fitted for compression hose, a physician will take leg measurements to determine the appropriate size and compression level for a person’s condition. Most stockings are made of a stretchy material, but the fabric should apply firm pressure along the feet and legs. Support stockings are often worn during the day and removed at night to give the muscles and vessels in the legs a chance to relax. Sometimes, compression hose are prescribed for a short amount of time after surgery to compensate for a limited range of motion and to help prevent blood clots due to reduced mobility. Some people with occupations that require they be on their feet for long periods of time may also benefit from compression therapy. A Canton medical professional can determine if compression therapy would be beneficial for your condition, and will prescribe the appropriate size and level of compression.

 

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