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Compression garments, such as compression socks, help improve blood flow in your arms or legs. Compression stockings improve circulation, prevent leg swelling - which can help prevent blood clots, improve leg health, and help alleviate aches in the legs. This is achieved by gently compressing the leg to help move blood flow. Compression sleeves also improve blood flow in the arms.
Types of Compression Garments
Talk to your doctor about what compression garments are right for you. There are many different compression stocking garments, including pressures, lengths and colors. Pressures of compression vary between light and heavy compression. Compression socks, stockings and sleeves come in different lengths ranging from knee-high, thigh-high and full arm. Compression garments come in different colors and materials. For those who want discrete wear, nude or beige is available. JOBST® compression stockings, for example, come in nude, silky beige, suntan and black and come in ultra sheer for discrete wear.
Wearing Compression Garments
If you have varicose veins, spider veins, or have just had surgery, your doctor may recommend compression stockings. Compression stockings and socks are designed to be worn all day and should feel strong around your legs. The most amount of pressure will be around your ankles, while the least amount will be felt higher on the legs. Compression stockings and socks generally follow your shoe size.
Compression garments are recommended to be applied in the morning, due to the least amount of swelling early in the morning. Putting on garments can be challenging. Here are some tips of putting garments on:
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