Question:

Who benefits from wearing compression?

Answer:

Anyone's legs can feel better while wearing gradient compression stockings, especially those of us who spend too much time in sedentary sitting or standing positions. Gradient compression stockings are of most benefit to individuals with the following leg complaints:

  • Tired, aching, heavy feeling legs

  • Leg swelling

  • Varicose veins

  • Venous insufficiency

  • Post-thrombotic syndrome

  • Healed venous ulcer

  • Active venous ulcer

  • Lymphedema

Question:

What is your warranty and return policy?

Answer:

All sales are final.

Exchanges are only accepted within 30 days from the time you receive your product for any manufacturer related defects.

Sizing related exchanges has to be requested within 30 days from the time you receive your product. We will only exchange any unopened/unused item(s) to a difference size with the exception of the 1 package you opened to try the product on. 

Please contact your certified fitter to make arrangement to return the items. Customers are responsible for any shipping cost incurred for any returned items.

Question:

Opps... I was in a rush and I accidentally snagged and/or ripped my compression hosiery. Can I exchange or return it?

Answer:

Unfortunately not, please always refer to the donning and doffing instructions included in your package and utilize the gloves we have provided.

Question:

What is gradient compression?

Answer:

Gradient compression delivers a squeezing to the leg that is tightest at the ankle. The amount of squeezing or compression gradually decreases up the leg. Compression is expressed in mmHg (millimeters of mercury).

Question:

What is Compression Therapy?

Answer:

Compression therapy refers to the benefits gained from the use of specialized stockings or bandages in the management of chronic venous disease and lymphedema. Individuals suffering from chronic venous disease (often called insufficiency) present with leg complaints of fatigue, heaviness, and aching.

Gradient compression delivers a squeezing to the leg that is tightest at the ankle. The amount of squeezing or compression gradually decreases up the leg. While the exact mechanism of action of compression remains elusive, compression is believed to provide two primary benefits to individuals suffering from chronic venous insufficiency.

Perhaps the most important effect is that compression increases the pressure in the tissue under the skin (subcutaneous) thereby helping to reduce and prevent swelling. The compression of this subcutaneous tissue helps move excess fluid (swelling) back into the capillaries (tiniest of the blood vessels) and helps prevent too much fluid from leaking out of these little vessels.

Secondly, compression reduces the ability of the superficial veins in the leg to expand and overfill with blood. This in turn helps prevent blood in these veins from flowing backward causing congestion. Congestion in the leg accounts for the leg complaints, swelling, and skin changes common in persons with venous problems.

Question:

Why are compression stockings so hard to put on?

Answer:

Your physician may tell you that, "if they are not hard to put on, then they cannot be providing the compression needed." That is probably not the answer you wanted. Because gradient compression stockings provide the greatest compression at the ankle this requires the largest part of the foot - the circumference from the top of the foot around the heel - to pass through the smallest and tightest part of the stocking - the ankle. Newer knitting technologies, yarns, and finishes produce stockings that are easier to put on than the stockings of old.

Question:

Are there reasons an individual should not wear compression?

Answer:

Contraindications (medical conditions in which compression is not recommended):

  • Ischemia (e.g. advanced arterial disease) of the legs

  • Uncontrolled congestive heart failure

  • Untreated septic phlebitis of the leg

  • Phlegmasia Cerulea Dolens

The wearing of compression should also be used with caution in the presence of:

  • Skin infections

  • Weeping dermatoses

  •  Incompatibility to fabric of garment

  • Impaired sensitivity of the limb

  •  Immobility (confinement to bed)

Please consult with your physician before wearing compression 20 mmHg and above.

Question:

What is the best time of day to measure for compression stockings?

Answer:

It is best to measure earlier in the day before swelling builds in the legs. Measurements taken later in the day after swelling is present may result in choosing a stocking size that is too large. Many clinics that are unable to see patients earlier in the day will elevate, bandage, or pump the legs for a period of time before measuring in order to reduce any swelling that is present.

Question:

Can I wear one compression stocking on top of the other instead of wearing a higher compression stocking?

Answer:

Yes, there is an additive effect with compression stockings. For example, some doctors instruct their patients to wear one level of compression in a pantyhose style and then wear a knee-length compression stocking over the compression pantyhose.

Question:

Is there anything I can do to help with my blood flow?

Answer:

Aside from the obvious answer to everything out there, eating healthy and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. There are a few steps you can take to better flood flow which includes:

  • Avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time. Exercise, especially walking, contracts and relaxes the calf muscles. The regular contraction and relaxation of these muscles act like a “second heart” as the veins are alternately squeezed and released, causing blood to be pushed towards the heart, thereby improving blood flow.

  • When it is necessary to sit or stand for a long time, rock your feet up and down. This exercise simulates the beneficial effects of walking and promotes venous circulation.

  • Elevate your feet. Elevating your feet above the level of the heart several times each day helps venous blood fight the effects of gravity.

  • Avoid excessive heat, such as sunbathing and very hot baths. Heat dilates veins, reducing effective circulation and increasing the pooling of blood.

  • Control your weight. Excess weight burdens the entire circulatory system.

  • Wear graduated compression socks and stockings. We dispense quality compression socks and stockings that improve venous circulation to prevent and treat venous problems.

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