We have been receiving many questions at Valu-Med concerning graduated compression socks and stockings. We thought it would be a good time to answer some of the most frequently asked questions concerning these products.
What are graduated compression socks?
Graduated compression socks are designed to apply compression to the leg that is tightest at the ankle and gradually decreases up the leg. They are used to improve blood flow in your legs by gently squeezing your legs in order to move blood upwards. This can prevent blood pooling in your lower extremities, leg swelling, and clots in some patients.
Who might benefit from wearing graduated compression socks?
Those with medical conditions that leave them bedridden or less active, those with clotting issues (such as deep vein thrombosis), those who stand or sit for long periods of time, and those who seek to improve their aching or tired legs may benefit from wearing graduated compression socks.. Runners and athletes may also have improved recovery from wearing compression socks during training or competition.
Who should not wear graduated compression socks?
It is recommended that you consult your physician before wearing socks with more than 20 mmHg compression or if you have arterial circulation issues. Those with skin issues or infections in the leg should also seek physician consultation prior to wearing compression socks.
How do I use and maintain my graduated compression socks?
Your socks should be washed every day according to the manufacturer recommendations. Generally a mild soap and water is recommended to clean your socks. Air drying is recommended as well. Your socks should be replaced at least every 6 months to maintain compression.
Follow this link for a video with instructions for putting on your socks! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGAanaTDy4w
Where can I purchase graduated compression socks?
Valu-Med now carries graduated compression socks, and we can assist you in selecting the right pair for you!
Contact Valu-Med Pharmacy at (405) 741-1200, and a pharmacist would be happy to answer any questions you may have!