Compression stockings are a type of sock you wear to help prevent blood from pooling in your legs. They may help prevent blood clots in deep leg veins.
The pressure these stockings put on your legs helps your blood vessels work better. The arteries that take oxygen-rich blood to your muscles can relax, so blood flows freely. The veins get a boost pushing blood back to your heart.
Compression Stockings can keep your legs from getting tired and achy. They can also ease swelling in your feet and ankles as well as help prevent and treat spider and varicose veins. They may even stop you from feeling light-headed or dizzy when you stand up.
- Are tightest at the foot. The tightness gradually loosens as the stocking fits higher on the leg.
- Cover the leg from the arch of your foot to just below or above your knee. Or they cover the leg like panty hose.
- Are available with or without a prescription.
- Compression stocking are covered under the Ontario’s province Assisted devices programs or through employer benefit’s plan if eligible.