Compression stockings work by gently applying pressure to the legs, improving circulation and encouraging blood to flow upwards towards the heart. And while many people associate medical socks with varicose veins, they can also be worn to treat a wide range of conditions.
If you suffer from the frustrating and itchy problem of varicose eczema, a pair of knee-high medical compression stockings could offer tremendous relief by reducing the pressure in your veins. Your doctor will be able to advise but typically you should put your stockings on when you get out of bed in the morning and take them off when you retire for the night. Take care to ensure your socks are pulled all the way up so the right amount of compression is applied to your leg. It also means the sock won’t dig into your skin, causing unnecessary pain. Of course, as an eczema sufferer you’ll be well aware that being kind to your skin is everything so be careful when putting the stockings on and taking them off.
Leg ulcers are another issue that affect many and yet can be aided by wearing medical compression socks. When treated correctly the majority of venous leg ulcers heal in approximately three to four months. However if left untreated or not properly cared for post treatment, leg ulcers can cause extreme discomfort and, in worst case scenarios, lead to amputation of all or part of the leg. Swelling of the foot is a common symptom of leg ulcers and this can be kept in check with compression stockings. You should also keep as active as possible and keep your legs elevated when resting at home, including while you sleep.
Whether flying for business or pleasure, anyone taking a long haul flight is advised to wear compression socks to increase circulation and avoid the threat of blood clots which can lead to deep vein thrombosis. However if you’re travelling when pregnant and are taking a flight that’s any longer than four hours, you’re especially advised to invest in a pair of medical stockings. You should also take frequent walks around the cabin and do calf exercises while seated. Don’t forget that if you’re traveling after 28 weeks, your airline will likely need a letter from your GP stating that you’re healthy and okay to fly.
Compression stockings can benefit so many people. Take a look at our range and see if we have a pair that will help you enjoy a better quality of life.