Medical gradient compression stockings and socks improve venous and lymphatic blood flow. They are designed to deliver a controlled amount of pressure which is greatest at the ankle of the garment and gradually decreases towards the top of the stocking. This gradient promotes better venous blood flow which in turn helps to relieve and control edema (swelling), varicose veins, leg fatigue and other problematic leg conditions. The other benefits of gradient compression are more energy for endurance, better performance, reduced muscle fatigue, and shorter recovery time after long periods of being active on your feet.
By compressing the limb with graduated compression, strongest at the ankle and decreasing going up the leg, the compression stocking helps the venous return, decreases venous pressure, prevents venous stasis, reduces edema, deterioration of venous walls, and efficiently relieves aching and heavy legs by aiding the body in moving blood up the leg against the pull of gravity.
Who should wear gradient compression stockings?
People who have or are experiencing any of the following conditions can benefit from wearing gradient compression hosiery:
• Tired, aching, fatigued legs
• Swollen feet, ankles, and legs
• People who stand or sit for long periods
• Chronic venous insufficiency
• Varicose veins
• Expectant mothers
• Family history of venous leg disorders