Medical Socks and Stockings 7 Essential Facts About Medical Hosiery

Medical Socks and Stockings 7 Essential Facts About Medical Hosiery

Medical stockings — some people love to wear
them, some people hate them. I am going to tell you 7 things you should know about medical
hosiery. Number 1 – Medical stockings are graduated.
That means they are firmest at the ankle and they are progressively less firm from the
ankle upwards. Some of you may remember “Calippo Lollies”. Well if you squeeze the calippo
at the bottom, up comes the ice lolly out of the packaging. However, if you squeeze
the calippo hard around the middle it does not move. Medical stockings squeeze the ankle
more than the calf, so encouraging the vein circulation up the leg.
Number 2 – Medical stockings are not the same as support stockings. Support stockings are
not graduated. So although they may feel firm and supportive, they do not encourage the
vein circulation back up the leg in the correct direction.
Number 3 – You should be properly measured for medical stockings. This usually means
measuring the circumference of your ankle and the widest part of your calf as a minimum.
To get the correct compression, you should be sure to get the correct size of sock or
stocking. Number 4 – Medical compression stockings are
anti-DVT. So for example most people undergoing major surgery in hospital who are at risk
of thrombosis should consider wearing medical socks.
Number 5 – Medical socks reduce the complications of DVT. Most specialists recommend wearing
good quality medical grade compression socks for at least 2 years after a major DVT to
reduce the risk complication such as phlebitis and leg ulcers..
Number 6 – Medical socks do not cure varicose veins or vein reflux, but wearing them does
relieve the symptoms of ache, swelling and throbbing. If you have a venous ulcer, wearing
strong medical grade compression stockings will accelerate the healing process.
Number 7 – Medical socks only work if you wear them. They are not effective if they
are in the draw. So it is best to invest in a good quality pair of medical compression
stockings that feel and look good. They should make your leg feel better and they should
not have to be endured Now I hope you have found this video interesting.
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  1. Ian Davies Ian Davies says:

    Hello again, great videos yet again, when I had my ultra sound , and was diagnosed of deep vein refux, I was told if I wore them every day they are 98% effective of me having normal return blood flow .
    Is this true? As to me the only way of knowing this would be to have the ultra sound first with out wearing them, then have it wearing them to know they are the right compression. Regards again

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  3. Brenda Craig says:

    Doctor, how likely is the possibility that one may experience an allergic reaction to something in the stockings? I seem to be experiencing a worsening of eczemic (sic) symptoms, i.e., itching, burning oft times. And I definitely feel that the stockings 'wick' vital moisture away from the already very dry skin. It is very difficult to find a suitable non-irritating oil, ointment or anything, as you know. I appreciate your videos and kind voice very much, Doctor. Thank you.

  4. Earl Mathurin says:

    can u tell me what is the best medical stocking to use for my leg

  5. Valentina Cipolletti says:

    thank you very much doc, I had a surgery for severe venous insufficiency in my right leg, and I followed all your suggestions.
    greetings from northern italy nearby the switzerland borderline 🙂

  6. mariaantoinettef says:

    Thanks. I understand this one

  7. Harish Babu says:

    Doctor, What will i'll be the cost for Varicose veins laser surgery?

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