What are Compression Socks
Medical gradient compression socks and stockings improve venous and lymphatic blood flow. Compression stockings are designed to deliver a controlled amount of pressure which is greatest at the ankle of the garment and gradually decreases towards the top of the stocking. This gradient promotes better venous blood flow which in turn helps to relieve and control edema (swelling), varicose veins, leg fatigue and other problematic leg conditions.
Who would benefit from Compression Socks?
People who have or are experiencing any of the following conditions can benefit from wearing gradient compression socks or stockings:
- Tired, aching, fatigued legs
- Swollen feet, ankles, and legs
- Mild to moderate swelling
- Stand or sit for long periods
Additionally, many people without preceding conditions simply love wearing our gradient compression socks and stockings. Most people love the way they make their legs feel. Conditions that can benefit from wearing gradient compression hosiery.
What conditions are Compression Socks used for:
If you are at risk for venous problems, you are a candidate for compression socks or stocking therapy and vascular disease prevention. You may be at risk if you can answer “yes” to two or more of the following questions/statements:
- Age over 40
- Family History
- Pregnancy / Hormonal Therapy
- Excess Weight / Obesity
- Inactivity / Sedentary Lifestyle
- Limb Trauma
- Long Distance Travel
Will insurance cover my Compression Socks?
Most insurance companies, through your Extended Health Benefits Coverage, will reimburse for medical compression sock and stocking expenses. A prescription must first be obtained from your doctor, in order to submit the cost of the compression therapy to your extended health benefits provider.