Would I Benefit From Compression Stockings?
Who benefits from wearing compression stockings?
Those who spend a lot of time in a seated or standing position can benefit from compression, though anyone’s legs can feel better while wearing compression stockings. Compression stockings give the most benefit to individuals with the following leg complaints:
- Tired, aching, heavy feeling legs
- Leg swelling
- Varicose veins
- Venous insufficiency
- Post-thrombotic syndrome
- Healed venous ulcer
- Active venous ulcer
You can also wear compression stockings while on an airplane as they will help decrease or eliminate swelling. The most important effect of compression is that they help increase the pressure in the tissue under the skin which helps to reduce and prevent swelling. The compression of the tissue helps move excess fluid (swelling) back into the capillaries and helps prevent too much fluid from leaking out of these little vessels.
Remember it is always best to speak with your doctor before deciding to wear compression stockings. Your doctor will help you decide which style, size and pressure you would benefit most from.