Compression stockings are specialized garments that put therapeutic pressure on your legs in order to increase circulation and prevent swelling. They are useful for people who spend prolonged periods of sitting and standing, or in those with venous diseases. Compared to traditional hosiery, compression stockings fit more snugly and use stronger elastic to apply a gentle squeeze to the legs and feet. The compression is highest around the ankles and gradually reduces as you go up the leg.
Blood flow travels from head to toe: 100% of the blood in your body flows through your feet. Once there, the veins in the lower legs have to work against gravity to push the blood back to the heart. However, sometimes the veins can’t push hard enough and blood begins to pool in the veins of your feet and lower legs instead of recirculating throughout your body. This causes the feet and lower legs to swell up. Compression stockings put pressure (or compression) on the veins, arteries and muscles in your legs, which helps the veins push blood back up toward your heart and away from the lower limbs and feet. This in turn reduces swelling.
Our foot clinic offers specialized medical grade compression stockings in a variety of tensions, materials, thicknesses, colours and sizes from Sigvaris. They provide more therapeutic benefit and are different than the over-the-counter compression stockings you typically find at the drugstore.
Feet First Clinic has certified fitters on staff who will determine your specific size based on measuring the circumference of your ankles, calves, thighs, and hips. Drop-in compression fittings are offered during clinic hours Monday to Saturday and alternating Sundays, and is a complimentary service. No appointment is required. Once we’ve measured you, you can select the style and material you want from our samples, and we’ll then order it in. Compression stockings are available by order only; we do not carry them in stock.
Some insurers will cover the cost of compression stockings if prescribed by a medical practitioner. (See the Insurance Coverage section below)
If you’re not sure whether compression stockings will treat your foot issues, you can book an assessment with one of our chiropodists for treatment recommendations and to see if compression stockings are the right fit for you.
Compression stockings may be prescribed to help reduce symptoms and swelling associated with the following conditions:
The following people may also benefit from compression stockings:
Please note: compression stockings are not recommended for diabetes patients with arterial insufficiency.
Medical-grade compression stockings offer a higher performance and more benefits than the over-the-counter compression wear found at a drugstore. Medical-grade compression stockings also come in different strengths (20-30mmHg, 30-40mmHg, 40-50 mmHg and 50-60mmHg) and sizes to ensure the right amount of pressure is applied to properly address your specific medical needs.
Compression stockings offer the following benefits:
Compression stockings can benefit people of all ages in any condition. In addition to benefiting people who are pregnant or have conditions affecting their circulation, they are also very beneficial for people who sit or stand for prolonged periods: When your legs are stationary for an extended period of time (i.e.: during prolonged sitting or standing), or if you have circulation issues, the veins can’t push hard enough and blood begins to pool in the veins of your feet and lower legs instead of recirculating throughout your body.
Whether you’re on a long flight, or your occupation feels like one from sitting at a desk for hours on end, compression stockings can help combat fatigue, achiness, and swelling. The same goes for professions and pastimes that require long periods of standing on your feet, like teaching and nursing. In essence, people in any occupation where you’re sitting or standing for prolonged periods can benefit from compression stockings (which covers a lot of people).
Compression stockings and socks are covered under many supplemental insurance plans. Most insurance companies require a prescription from a medical doctor to cover the cost of compression stockings. If you are unsure about your benefits and coverage for chiropodist services, you can contact your insurance company directly, or check with your employer’s HR department to receive a breakdown of your policy.
The most most accurate and sure-proof way to check your coverage is to contact your insurance company directly. We strongly recommend that you contact your insurance company directly to verify your coverage in advance.
If you want to use your private foot care benefits to get compression stockings, all insurance providers require a prescription from a medical doctor. Once you receive your prescription, our staff will be happy to measure you and help you select the compression stockings best suited for your needs and activities.
Compression stockings must be the correct size in order to get optimal benefits. Feet First Clinic has certified fitters on staff who will determine your specific size based on measuring the circumference of your ankles, calves, thighs, and hips.
Compression stockings come in different MmHg (millimeters of mercury) and range from 15-20 MmHg, 20-30 MmHg, 30-40 MmHg which will be determined by a medical doctor.
Drop-in compression wear fitting is offered during clinic hours Monday-Saturday and is a complimentary service. No appointment is required, however, we recommend calling in advance to ensure that one of our fitters is available.
Compression stockings are more elasticized than standard hosiery and cannot be taken on and off the same way – if you do it can reduce the elasticity (not to mention it’ll be more difficult). There is a trick to putting them on and taking them off. For detailed instructions how to put on and take off your compression stockings, see the video below. You can also click here to see written instructions and pictures on the Sigvaris website.
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