What are Compression Stockings?
Compression stockings (also known as compression hose, pressure stockings, support stockings, and gradient stockings) are special stockings designed to improve blood flow in your legs. They work by squeezing your leg, which helps the blood flow upwards and return to the rest of body. Poor blood circulation in the legs may lead to the formation of a clot, known as a deep vein thromboembolism, which can cause a life-threatening stroke.
People who might benefit from the use of compression stocking include
Sit or stand most of the day
Have a history of blood clots or other circulatory issues
Have had recent surgery
Are of older age
Most people are probably surprised that healthy and younger adults would benefit from compression stockings. However, compression socks help to keep your veins healthy, and many vein problems start when people are young.
Compression stockings come in multiple sizes depending upon the amount of compression required. And, just like regular socks, they are available in multiple colors and styles. Both knee-length and thigh-high stockings can be found at John's Pharmacy, where one of their specialties is fitting compression stockings for patients. By coming in for an early appointment, John's Pharmacy staff can get the most accurate measurement since the leg has the least swelling in the morning.