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How Do Compression Socks/Stockings Work?

Compression socks/stockings apply external pressure on the vein walls through the elastic memory of the stocking once applied and properly positioned. The pressure better supports the veins and allows the valves in our veins to function properly. These one-way valves prevent blood from backflowing and promote venous blood return to the heart.

Medical-grade compression is typically graduated distal to proximal or from the feet to the torso. The pressure will be greatest from the ankle region and gradually reduced along the length of the stocking to the knee or up to the thigh, depending on the style of stocking selected. This therapeutic pressure profile assists with the promotion of fluid to the trunk. Ensure you are properly fitted with the appropriately sized stocking to provide accurate compression and optimized comfort.

Recent studies have shown that when the calf pump function is enhanced, greater therapy can be achieved. Compression garments can be used to create a “wall of resistance” that allows the calves to pump more efficiently to enhance blood flow. The resistance can vary based on the stiffness of the garment. In most cases, the stiffer the material, the greater the therapy, and the softer, more pliable material, will provide less therapy. 1

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What Compression Socks/Stockings Are Best For Me?

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Photo by Andres Ayrton from Pexels

This really depends on your health condition and should be discussed with your doctor. There are many different kinds of compression socks/stockings that can help with conditions such as:

Even if you don’t have a particular health condition you may enjoy some of the benefits compression socks/stockings can provide. Some other reasons you may consider compression socks/stockings may include:

  • Standing for a long period
  • Pregnancy
  • Travel or long flights
  • Alleviate tired achy legs

We always recommend speaking with your doctor about your specific condition. They may write a prescription with their recommendation. At that point, you can come into your local Binson's retail location to be fitted for your socks/stockings. Our certified fitters will measure you for the perfect fit. With a prescription from your doctor and a professional fitting, your insurance may even cover the cost of your compression socks/stockings.

Over-the-counter Compression Sock/Stocking Options

If you are looking for compression socks/stockings for general use for improving circulation, and alleviating achy tired legs, you may benefit from over-the-counter compression socks/stockings. These socks/stockings are a lower grade compression and can be purchased without a prescription. Some options include:

  • Calf high
  • Thigh-high
  • Pantyhose
  • Maternity Pantyhose
  • Leggings

Speak with a Binson's Boutique representative for more information, or visit our shop online.


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