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We all want to enjoy healthy and active lives but with all the tasks of work and family we may forget about maintaining the health of our legs.

Problems with the veins of the leg occur in both men and women of all ages but certain factors increase the risk of venous problems. Health conditions, lifestyle habits, heredity, injury, surgery, age, and pregnancy all play a role.

While you are unable to control heredity, age, surgery and changes during pregnancy, you can improve lifestyle factors through exercise, good posture, avoiding inactivity, choosing good fitting clothing and footwear, and wearing gradient compression hosiery that is right for you.

 

Compression Guide


Mild Compression (8-15 mmHg) 
Recommended for the relief of tired, aching legs.  Mild compression can also help reduce minor swelling in the ankle and legs and to alleviate pain associated with very mild varicose veins. 

Moderate Compression (15-20 mmHg)
Recommended for the relief of a variety of symptoms including:

  • Mild to moderate leg swelling
  • Tired, aching legs and mild leg pain
  • Superficial or early varicose veins
  • Post-operative for less severe procedures
  • Helps to reduce the risk of circulatory problems such as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) in normal-risk patients, especially during periods of long travel 
Firm Compression (20-30 mmHg)
Firm Compression can be used to treat a number of symptoms for more severe leg disorders including:
 
  • Moderate swelling or edema
  • Mild to moderate leg pain
  • Medium severity varicose veins
  • Post-surgery, including vein stripping, schlerotherapy, and EVLT per a doctor's recommendation
  • Reduces the risk of circulatory problems such as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) especially during periods of long travel 
  • Prevention of reoccurrence of venous ulcerations in the leg
Extra Firm Compression (30-40 mmHg) 
Extra firm compression should be used by patients with severe circulatory disorders of the legs, including:
  • Severe swelling or edema 
  • More severe varicose veins
  • Prevention of reoccurrence of venous ulcerations in the leg
  • Chronic venous insufficiency 
  • Distended, tortuous veins of the legs associated with pregnancy 
  • Hypotension
  • Post deep vein thrombosis (DVT) 
  • Post-surgery, including vein stripping, schlerotherapy, and EVLT per a doctor's recommendation
  • Phlebitis and venous insufficiency 
  • Relief of chronic leg fatigue and heaviness

Contra-indications

  • People with diabetes, unless under medical supervision
  • Significant arterial disease (ischaemia) according to vascular assessment
  • Congestive cardiac failure, as compression can lead to cardiac overload
  • Known sensitivity to the fabric of the stocking

Also see:
Compression Therapy FAQ
Helping Yourself to Healthier Legs
Pregnancy and importance of compression
Traveling and the effects on your legs
What is Gradient Compression
Information on Veins and Valves
Venous Problems
Other Medical Links
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