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Compression Stockings

Compression Stockings for Athletics and Medical Recovery

Compression stockings and socks are used to help augment the return blood flow (venous blood flow) from the legs to the heart. When the veins in the legs are weakened, blood pools in the legs and causes swelling, varicose veins and other potential problems. Compression when combined with the calf muscle pump aids in returning blood towards the heart. Many people, young and elderly, male and female, can benefit from compression stockings. Today compression stockings look like normal socks and are easily incorporated into your wardrobe and lifestyle. At North Hill Foot & Ankle Clinic we will measure you for your stockings, explain the best way to put them on and take them off, as well as explain how to care for them.

What conditions are compression stockings used for?

  • Prevention or history of Deep Vein Thrombosis (blood clot)
  • Edema (swelling) of the legs
  • Varicose veins
  • Ulcers on the legs secondary to swelling

Who wears compression stockings?

  • People who are on their feet all day, such as nurses, warehouse employees, retail workers and police officers
  • Flight attendants and people who fly regularly will benefit from compression stockings because of the effect of altitude on blood flow
  • Sedentary people who sit most of the day therefore slowing the return blood flow
  • Women who are pregnant
  • Individuals who may be post-surgery
  • People with a history of blood clots in the legs
  • People with a history of ulcers (sores) on the legs secondary to Edema (swelling)

North Hill Foot & Ankle Clinic carries a wide selection of compression stockings including:

  • Athletic recovery socks
  • Performance socks for athletes
  • Medical recovery socks
  • Support therapy for men and women

Schedule your appointment today with Dr. Crosby and his staff to be measured for compression stockings. A large variety of stocking types is available (see Sigvaris).

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