Medical Compression Socks
Compression socks can improve blood flow, which helps with swelling and leg fatigue among other potential problems. They can also give you more energy and better performance as you are active throughout the day.
Lower Leg Circulation Problems: Are You At Risk?
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
Healthy Leg Questionnaire
- I sit or stand for prolonged periods of time.
- I have spider veins on my legs
- I am over 40 years of age
- I have an excess of weight
- Varicose veins runs in my family
- I take hormonal treatment (birth control, menopause)
- I am pregnant
- My ankles are swollen during the day and in the evening
- I have alterations and some discoloration on the skin of my legs
- I have varicose veins
- I have had a leg ulcer
- I have had a blood clot (DVT – Deep Vein Thrombosis)
- I have had a thrombophlebitis (vein inflammation)
- I am an avid runner/jogger that is looking to improve leg soreness and recovery
If you can answer “yes” to 2 or more of these questions, You are a candidate for compression sock or stocking therapy.
Frequently Asked Questions About Compression Socks or Stockings
True Gradient compression socks and stockings improve blood flow. Therafirm compression stockings are designed to deliver a controlled amount of pressure which is greatest at the distal end (ankle) of the garment and gradually decreases towards the proximal end (top) of the stocking. This gradient pressure promotes better circulation to help control swelling and relieve tired achy legs. This motion helps to drive blood back to the heart, reduce swelling in the feet and prevent blood clot formation.
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
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.
Our staff at the Downtown Wellness Centre can assist you with obtaining a prescription, medical coverage details and filling out detailed extended health claim forms. Dr. Badyal will assess whether gradient compression socks or stockings are right for you and prescribe the best product for your needs.
Pregnancy and Compression Socks and Stockings
Pregnancy is a special time but there are bodily changes, changes which may affect your veins. These normal hormonal changes that occur with pregnancy affect the walls of your veins causing the vein walls to relax or dilate.
During the first trimester of pregnancy relaxation of the veins occur. Your total blood volume may increase as much as 45% in comparison to your non-pregnant level. The relaxation of the vein walls, in areas of venous valves may cause the valve to become incompetent – therefore allowing backward flow of the venous blood. The reduced flow results in venous congestion, which in turn causes swelling and leg discomfort. Ankle swelling occurs most commonly in pregnant women.
During the third trimester of pregnancy the weight of the baby and the uterus may impede return of blood through the veins of your legs. Gradient compression socks and stockings reduce venous congestion, support the superficial veins of your legs, manage the increased blood volume and relaxed vein walls; reducing the amount of swelling and the severity of varicose veins.
Compression Socks and The Athlete
Why could compression socks improve athletic performance and recovery post run/race or activity?
1. Blood Flow
The Blood flow hypothesis basically states that the compression of the lower leg increases the blood flow. Partially due to gravity, blood can tend to pool in the lower legs. This can occur both during exercise or when at rest. In terms of improving performance during a race, the idea is that if increased venous blood flow from the lower legs and feet can occur, the better metabolic by-products that are transported by the blood can be flushed out and cleared more efficiently. In terms of recovery after a race, the idea is similar. If we can increase venous blood return, you’re going to get back to homeostasis much quickly and thus enhanced recovery time.
2. Muscle Vibration
When we run and strike the ground during the gait cycle, those ground reactive impact forces cause the muscles and tendons of the lower leg to vibrate. It’s thought that this vibration could be one cause of the delayed muscle soreness that we’ve all experienced. Compression of the lower extremity’s soft tissues protects them from muscle vibration and forces that lead to micro-trauma during impact activity.
Dr. Raminder Badyal
About Dr. Badyal
Dr. Raminder Badyal (Vancouver Chiropractor and Founder of the Downtown Wellness Centre) vision of a multi-disciplinary health care clinic in the heart of Vancouver has evolved into a Wellness Centre that provides excellence in the provision of specialized health services by specialized doctors and practitioners including: chiropractic care, naturopathic medicine, registered massage therapy, acupuncture, clinical counseling, nutritional counseling, life coaching, personal training, kinesiology, custom prescription foot orthotics, prescription compression socks and infra red sauna therapy.
Our first priority is to deliver the highest quality professional health care to our patients within our centre’s welcoming and relaxed setting. The goal of our doctors and therapists is to foster a wonderful working relationship with our patients so that we can meet and exceed their health care goals. Every effort is and will be made by our staff to meet the needs of each of our patients. Please help us improve the health of our community by encouraging friends and family to choose the natural approach to health and wellness.