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Compression Stockings Can Save Your Life

Compression stockings are a rather simple, basic product that may very well save your life.


Uses for Compression Stockings

Compression stockings are used to help improve blood circulation in the legs. The most common users of compression stockings are patients who suffer from varicose veins, are recuperating from surgery or have spider veins. These stocking can also help relieve the symptoms of  swelling, heaviness or pain in the legs.

Perhaps one of the most vital benefits of using compression stockings is their ability to help prevent blood clots from forming in the legs. This is especially true if you are recovering from surgery or are less active then usual because of a number of medical reasons.

Types of Compression Stockings

There are different sizes and levels of pressure available in compression stockings. The size and degree of pressure can vary according to your exact health conditions. Your medical practitioner may prescribe compression stockings that reach your knee or can go to the top of your thigh. The level of pressure provided can vary from a light feel to a higher

pressure. Your prescription will indicate the level of pressure you may need. Compression stockings can come in a variety of colors to suit your individual preference.

Obtaining Compression Stockings

Compression stockings may be covered by your health insurer or prescription plan. You should check with them as soon as your medical practitioner gives you your prescription to see if the stockings will be covered.

Once you confirm the price and level of coverage you have, make an appointment at a medical supply company. This appointment is vital to ensure a proper fit of your compression stockings. The medical supply company will measure your legs to obtain the exact fit of your compression stockings. Good fitting stockings will help you receive the maximum

benefit from wearing them. It is most beneficial to wear them all day.

Pull Them Up for Good Health

If you have never worn compression stockings, you may think putting them on is as simple as pulling on a pair of socks. However, you must know how to put on compression stockings.

Timing is important. You should put the stockings on first thing in the morning before you get out of bed. This is because there is usually less swelling in the legs in the morning. This habit will help you as you are first  learning how to put on compression stockings.

Roll the stocking up and starting at the toes, move the stocking to your heel. Push you toe in as far as it will go and place your heel in the designated area of the garment.

Once your foot is in place, slowly roll the stocking up your lower leg. When the the top of the garment is in place, smooth the fabric to remove any sort of wrinkles or bunches.

There are a few points to remember when you are learning how to put on compression stockings. Be sure any sort of lotion is dry before putting the stocking. Wearing rubber gloves will help avoid snagging the fabric. Using baby powder will help the stocking glide over your skin.

With practice and patience, learning how to put on compression stockings will become become a task that is easily mastered.