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Compression Socks/Stockings

Compression SocksCompression socks are a specialized type of hosiery made of a strong elastic fabric. With more tension than traditional socks, they provide a gradient level of pressure against the leg. This pressure is stronger towards the ankle and gradually decrease towards the top, encouraging healthy blood flow to and from the legs and feet. The gradient pressure prevent and improves the symptoms of venous conditions in the lower extremities while controlling swelling and preventing blood pooling.
Venous conditions occur when the valves within the veins are not able to close properly. These valves open and close to push blood back up to the heart but when they malfunction, blood can flow back down into the legs causing problems such as swelling, enlarged veins, blood clots, varicose veins, chronic venous insufficiency, venous ulcers, and deep vein thrombosis.

Compression socks are available in three different levels of support to treat patients with a variety of conditions and needs:

Mild Support Compression Socks

Available off the shelf, mild support compression socks exert a force of 15-20mmHg. Designed to relieve tired and aching legs or minor swelling or the ankle or leg, this socks are not suitable for more advanced venous conditions

Medium Support Compression Socks

Medium support compression socks provide somewhat more pressure in the range of 20-30mmHg. These socks require a medical referral and provide additional support for moderate swelling of the leg or ankle due to venous conditions or hormonal changes caused by pregnancy.

Firm Support Compression Socks

Firm support compression socks offer even more pressure, up to 40mmHg, and are designed for more severe swelling or venous conditions.

With compression socks we can:

  • Reduce the symptoms of varicose and spider veins
  • Treat chronic venous insufficiency
  • Relieve swelling caused by pregnancy
  • Reduce the swelling associated with diabetes
  • Soothe tired, aching, and fatigued legs
  • Relieve swollen feet, ankles, and legs
  • Make standing for long period more comfortable
  • Improve athletic performance

Some Helpful Questions & Answers About Compression Socks/Stockings

What Is A Good mmHg for Compression Socks? What Does 20 30 mmHg Mean In Compression Socks?
Can Compression Socks Be Dangerous? Can Compression Socks Be Too Tight?


How Do You Size Compression Stockings at Dynamic Physiotherapy?


How Long Are You Supposed to Wear Compression Socks?


Can I Cut The Toes Off Of My Compression Stockings?


For more information on how compression socks can help alleviate and control the symptoms of venous disorders, talk to the experts at Dynamic Physiotherapy today!

Some Myths and Facts Regarding Compression Socks

Myth #1: Compression socks are only for people with a medical problem.

Compression Socks/StockingsIt’s true that compression socks help prevent spider veins and varicose veins, and treat edema, among other chronic venous disorders. And they’re a prescription item for people with certain medical conditions such as diabetes, phlebitis, and venous leg ulcers.
But compression socks are also for everyday wear. They’re intended to promote healthy circulation in people engaged in any kind of work or recreation. Anyone with a job that requires sitting or standing for long periods of time, travelers confined to car or plane seats for more than a few hours, and athletes whose sports involve running can benefit from compression.

Some people believe compression socks can actually cut off circulation and are therefore dangerous, but properly sized compression socks won’t cut off circulation.

TRUTH: Compression socks benefit everyone.


Myth #2: Compression socks are ugly.
Today, stylish casual and dress compression socks and stockings are available in a variety of fibers like cotton, wool, spandex, and nylon. They come in bright colors, patterns, and prints. You will also find them in three lengths: knee-high, thigh-high, and pantyhose. You can choose from sheer and opaque. The options available are so beautiful and stylish, there’s really no visible indication of their medical efficacy. You’ll simply feel the benefits as you go through your day. Advances in research and design also mean that today’s compression socks offer more performance features. You can buy socks that absorb and wick moisture, have antibacterial, odor-reducing properties, and provide irritation-free flat toe seams.

TRUTH: Compression socks are fashionable.

Myth #3: Compression socks are hard to put on and take off.

Today, new technology and materials make compression socks more comfortable and functional. However, there are certain standard techniques that make it easy to put them on and take them off.

For example, never bunch them up. Instead, grab the heel pocket and turn the sock inside out. Slide the sock halfway onto your foot. Hold both sides of the top band and pull the sock over your heel and up your calf. Adjust the heel pocket and smooth out any wrinkles. The band should be the width of two fingers from the bend of your knee.
In addition, there are several accessories such as donning butlers, special rubber gloves, and roll-on adhesives that are easy to use.

TRUTH: Proper techniques make compression socks easier to put on and take off.

Myth #4: Compression socks are expensive.

Proper techniques make compression socksBecause compression socks are considered a medical product intended to meet a medical need, they must also meet standards of performance. Compliance with those standards determines what materials are used, the fabric finish, the technique used in weaving, and the level of compression — all of these things contribute to the cost. Durability, ease of care, and quality assurance are also features of a premium brand like Sigvaris. Sigvaris offers several lines of premium compression socks at various price points, so you can find something affordable.

TRUTH: A wide selection of quality compression socks are affordable.

Myth #5: You shouldn’t wear compression socks in the summer.

There’s no off-season for healthy legs. In warm or hot weather, you have an increased risk of weakening or damaging the veins in your legs, so you may be putting yourself in danger if you believe that compression socks are too hot for summer wear. What’s more, you can choose sheer, breathable compression socks that actually make your legs feel cooler and more comfortable.

TRUTH: The right pair of compression socks will be comfortable in warm weather.

Myth #6: Compression socks are useful for weight loss.

Some people believe that compression socks help you lose weight or remove cellulite. Have you ever heard of “Japanese Slimming Socks?” That’s just one iteration of the empty promise that compression socks and stockings, or compression wear of any kind, will help you lose weight. Unfortunately, compression isn’t a substitute diet and exercise. Nothing you can wear will help you shed pounds.

TRUTH: Compression socks won’t help you lose weight.

Myth #7: Compression socks can heal injuries. Compression socks are intended to prevent or slow the progression of venous disorders. They help increase circulation and prevent the formation of blood clots in the lower legs. While they do provide therapeutic support, they can’t heal leg injuries.

TRUTH: Compression socks won’t heal injuries.

For more information on how compression socks can help alleviate and control the symptoms of venous disorders, talk to the experts at Dynamic Physiotherapy in Mississauga today!

Our other specialties include:

  • Physiotherapy – Used to increase muscle mobility, movement and rehabilitation.
  • Acupuncture – A traditional method of alleviating and controlling pain.
  • Foot Orthotics – Provides support to even out weight distribution on the foot, improving the condition of knees, ankles, legs and backs.
  • Shockwave Therapy – Treat injuries in areas where major connective tissues attach to the bone.

Does my insurance cover all expenses?

This depends on your individual insurance plan through your employer. Most insurance coverages cover 100% (although some cover 80% or 90%). Most plans usually have a limit per year. When you book an appointment we can help by calling your insurance to check the coverage of your plan.

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