Compression socks and stockings are ideally suited for people who are suffering from circulatory conditions that affect their lower legs, ankles, and feet. They look like regular long socks/stockings but provide targeted compression support in specific areas.
The length of socks or stockings a patient needs will depend on the area that’s under treatment. The applicable areas would typically include the ankles, calves, or thighs. Doctors will recommend/prescribe the proper style and size of socks or stockings based on the areas where they want to have the highest and lowest compression points.
Compression socks and stockings are specifically designed to compress targeted areas, resulting in quicker blood flow back and forth with the heart. This is necessary to help prevent blood clotting and vein damage due to excess blood building in the damaged area or areas.
Doctors will typically recommend compression socks and stockings as part of the treatment process for the following conditions (not limited to):
- Post-surgery healing to prevent clotting
- Swelling issues
- Improve lymphatic drainage
- Improve blood circulation to the lower extremities
- Relief of varicose veins, venous hypertension, and deep vein thrombosis