Beautiful female legs always were and still remain a source of inspiration to men. Unfortunately in today’s busy world, a modern woman does not pay enough attention to her legs. Recent studies show that majority of the vascular and aesthetic problems pertaining to lower extremities could be prevented by taking care of your legs from an early age. So, the modern paradox seems to be that women tend to take care of their hair, nails, but forget that beautiful, vein free legs are of equal importance. “How can you take care of your legs?”- you might ask. To answer this question we are interviewing a compression hosiery specialist and certified fitter at Orthomed Clinic and Supply,

Q: What options do women have for preserving the beauty of their legs?
A: Well, today number one solution for women, as well as men, is the use of medical
or preventative compression hosiery or compression stockings in order to maintain
health and get rid of tiredness and swelling in their legs.

Q: What are compression stockings?
A: Compression stockings are specialized long socks, which are worn from the foot to the knee/thigh. These specialized stockings or pantyhose have a gradient of pressure (tighter in the foot and gradually less tight at the knee/thigh).
These stockings when worn properly reduce the swelling in the feet and also decrease the chance of blood clot formation in the legs. They also help to prevent formation of varicose veins and broken capillaries.

Q: How do compression stockings work?
A: Compression stockings are made of strong elastic material and fit tightly at the feet and gradually become less tight at the knee/thigh. The pressure in the stockings is graded and this allows for the stockings to constantly squeeze the leg muscles. This motion helps to drive blood back to the heart,reduce swelling in the feet, and prevent blood clot formation.

Q: Why might a person need compression garments?
A: Wearing specialized compression stockings, socks, and hosiery is an effective way to prevent or slow down the progression of vein and circulation-related problems and diseases. Even if you are experiencing only a mild vein-related problem, this can have an impact on your general health. This is because the lack of proper function of your veins and the reduced blood circulation can lead to cells throughout one’s body being deprived of the essential nutrients and oxygen that one’s body needs. Moreover, if you ignore a vein problem, the condition can worsen over time and lead to permanent vein damage and serious vein diseases such as leg ulcers and blood clots. Compression stockings are an excellent and simple method of treating disorders such as chronic venous insufficiency, varicose veins, lymphedema, post phlebitic syndrome and prevention of blood clots in the leg. The stockings do not eliminate the varicose veins but do help reduce the swelling, aching and heaviness feeling that individuals with varicose veins experience. It is also recommended that such stockings be worn during long plane rides and pregnancy.

Q: How long should compression stockings be worn?
A: The stockings should be worn daily as long as patient is at increased risk of forming blood clots in the leg. The stockings should be worn during the day and removed at night. For those with varicose veins, venous ulcers and lymphedema, the stockings must be worn for years and even for life. It is highly recommended that whenever possible, individuals keep their legs elevated at night when they do not wear compression stockings.

Q: Where can I purchase compression stockings?
A: I would recommend going to a professional medical supply or a specialized store that employs a certified fitter. Compression stockings come in different compression gradient and sizes based on individual diagnosis and measurements. A certified fitter is trained specifically in varieties of compression stockings and would be able to custom fit you and
recommend the correct product for your needs. A word of caution, a non certified fitter does not have a right to dispense the product, this in many cases leads to delays or refusal of reimbursement from insurance companies. Therefore, make sure that you are dealing with a professional before you purchase a pair of compressions.

Q: Would compression stockings be covered by employment benefits?
A: Absolutely, most insurance plans offer full or partial coverage for compression stockings of medical grade, however they must be recommended by a medical doctor in order to be eligible for reimbursement. Hence, if you  experience any of the symptoms or belong to employment groups  listed below, visit you family doctor and ask him to write you a prescription for medical compression stockings. Then visit our clinic and we will be able to provide you with free consultation and professional selection of compression garments that is appropriate for your need.

Medical compression stockings & socks is the best solution for:
•    Heavy, tired, or aching legs
•    Swollen ankles (edema)
•    Varicose veins
•    Pain or cramps in the calves
•    Venous leg ulcer
•    Spider veins
•    Venous Eczema
•    Lymphedema
•    DVT Prevention (deep vein thrombosis)
•    PTS (post-thrombotic syndrome)
•    Burn Scars
•    Dermatitis
•    Pregnancy

Best Candidates for Medical Compression Hosiery:
•    Active women and men
•    For people traveling long distances by car or air
•    People who are standing and sitting for long hours at work:
•    Health care professionals
•    Sales/retail people
•    Waitresses and restaurant professionals
•    Factory employees
•    Cashiers
•    Airline employees

Q: Is there anything else our reader should know?
A: Yes, I want to mention the most common misconception regarding compression stockings that an average person has, is stigma  that one has to be old and ill in order to use these garments. This is not true. Why treat a medical condition, if you can prevent it all together? If you experience any of the above mentioned symptoms, you are a good candidate for compression stockings. Do not delay-get a pair now and feel the difference! I would like to address all fashionable ladies,  thanks to modern technology  the production of medical stockings that look just as fashionable as department store hosiery is made possible. Modern compression stockings come in selection of transparencies, colors and textures. One can even choose lace trim if needed. Hence, there is no excuse for not wearing this hosiery. I wear preventative stockings myself because they are beautiful and very good for my health. Now it’s your turn to take care of your legs!

If you would like to have a consultation regarding compression stockings, you can see  a certified fitter at ORTHOMED Clinic and Supply. Call 905/671-0200 to book an appointment.


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