You wear compression stockings to improve blood flow in your legs. Compression stockings gently squeeze your legs to move blood up your legs. This helps prevent leg swelling and, to a lesser extent, blood clots.
If you have varicose veins, spider veins, or have just had surgery, your health care provider may prescribe compression stockings.
Wearing stockings helps with:
- Aching and heavy feeling in legs
- Swelling in legs
- Preventing blood clots, primarily after surgery or injury when you are less active
Types of Compression Stockings
Talk to one of our Physiotherapists about what kind of compression stockings are right for you. There are many different compression stockings. They come in different:
- Pressures, from light pressure to strong pressure
- Lengths, from knee-high to the top of the thigh
Buying Compression Stockings
Call your health insurance or prescription plan:
- Find out if they pay for compression stockings.
- Ask if your durable medical equipment benefit pays for compression stockings.
- Get a prescription from your doctor.
- One of our Physiotherapists will measure your legs and identify the right compression stockings so you get a good fit.
Wearing Compression Stockings
Our Physiotherapists will provide instructions on how long each day you need to wear your compression stockings.