Compression Garments have always been a taboo word when recommended in healthcare; but compression garments have improved dramatically. Compression garments are now offered in a variety of fabric options to allow more breathability; and span the spectrum of color choices and patterns. The function and purpose have not changed. Compression garments provide graduated compression that is tightest at the ankle and decrease as you move up the leg. The benefits of compression garments have increased in popularity and are now used for a variety of reasons.
Multiple medical conditions cause symptoms of pain and swelling in the legs. Compression hose is first line therapy for patients with vein disease or history of blood clots. Disorders causing chronic swelling, like Lymphedema, improve the health of the skin in their legs when wearing compression. Patients with a history of Plantar Fasciitis may also benefit from compression.
Runners have realized the benefit of compression to benefit them with endurance. The socks are thought to reduce lactate buildup in the muscles of the legs; thus, improving recovery between runs.
Compression garments are placed on patients post-surgery to prevent blood clots. This is particularly important in those patients with decreased mobility and limited ambulation after surgery.
Important garment for frequent airline and long-distance automobile travelers.
Prolonged sitting during long airline flights or long distances in automobiles can increase the risks of developing blood clots. Use of compression garments reduces this risk and improves the muscle fatigue experienced with prolonged sitting.
Compression garments are part of the conservative therapy recommendation for patients prior to receiving Endovenous Laser Ablation for vein disease and varicose veins. Most insurance companies require 3 months of compression garment use. Additionally, compression garments are part of the post-treatment regimen after Endovenous Laser Ablation and Sclerotherapy (spider vein treatments). Recommended duration after procedures averages 1 week. Consider the benefits and purchase a pair today.
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