Benefits & Uses of Compression Stockings for DVTDeep vein thrombosis (DVT) involves blood clots forming in deep veins, usually in the calves and thighs. It may cause pain, tenderness, and swelling. Your veins are responsible for returning blood cells to the heart after off-loading the nutrients for your cells . When clots happen here, that clot can break off and travel up to the lungs, leading to a pulmonary embolism. You may experience increased risk after surgery or trauma, but DVT symptoms are not something to take lightly.
How Do Compression Stockings Work?Compression stockings use a tight elastic fabric that compresses your ankles, calves, and thighs with lessening pressure as it moves up the leg. Because the pressure lessens higher up, your legs can more easily return expended blood to the heart that would otherwise pool in the lower legs and feet due to a combination of gravity and weakening vessels and valves. While wearing something tight may seem counterintuitive, this makes blood flow more efficiently, reducing the risk of clotting and pooling. And it can significantly reduce your risk of DVT.
How To Use Compression StockingsThese stockings become part of your daily dressing routine. If the fit is right and used correctly, they will feel snug and comfortable when sitting or standing. Your doctor may instruct you to only wear them during the day since you can put your feet up while sleeping. But we may also recommend night wearing depending on your diagnosis.
Choosing Your Compression StockingsYou can achieve a different compression level depending on the type of compression stocking you buy.
- Support hose you can buy department store or online. They provide a little pressure but don’t offer the best solution for DVT.
- Compression socks and stockings come in different pressures and sizes. You may be able to get these at a pharmacy over the counter. Stockings may come up to the knee, but others will be thigh high.
- Prescription compression stockings offer the ideal amount of pressure. Your doctor will measure your legs, so they know the precise size and pressure graduation you need.