Compression Stockings

What are compression stockings?

Compression stockings are designed to apply pressure to the legs to improve blood flow and circulation. They also help to prevent the build-up of excess fluid in the legs reducing swelling and discomfort. They may be prescribed by your GP, recommended to you by a nurse or other healthcare professional. Compression stockings come in a variety of sizes, lengths and colours. They’re also available with different strengths of compression.

Why measurements are needed? 

It is very important accurate measurements are taken to ensure the correct size of compression socks or stockings are selected so that the pressure applied to the leg by the stocking is correct.
Ideally, measurements should be taken in the morning especially if your legs have a tendency to swell throughout the day. Measurements should be taken on the bare leg standing upright using a measuring tape (in cms). The tape will be fitted snugly on the leg during measuring and shouldn’t be pulled too tight. Compression stockings are available with your Medical Card (subject to prescription). Ask in store for details.

Who can benefit from wearing compression stockings?

Persons with varicose veins or phlebitis (inflammation in the vein)
Persons with tired aching legs
Pregnant women
Anyone with a history of blood clots or DVT (deep vein thrombosis)
Persons who stand for prolonged periods of the day
Those who have recently undergone surgery
Persons who have had recent leg injuries
Women taking the contraceptive pill or HRT
Athletes to improve muscle recovery
Passengers on flights of 4 hours or more duration
Persons over 40 years of age