Compression Socks

Compression Stockings in Hamilton

Your family physician may have recently recommended compression stockings for you. Or perhaps you will be having a vein procedure and the specialist has told you that you will need to wear compression stockings for a number of days following the procedure. You may have even been talking to friends or coworkers about compression stockings and have found out that they have been wearing them and their legs feel so much better after a long day. No matter the reason, if you are looking for compression stockings in Hamilton the Physio In Motion Therapy Centre has the best products from the best manufactures.  With a certified fitter on staff and expertise in insurance billing we can help you to choose the best product and make sure it is covered by your extended health plan.

What are Compression Stockings?

Compression stockings are garments worn on the lower legs (like knee socks) that promote improved venous return, control swelling, varicosities, leg fatigue and other problematic leg conditions.  Compression stockings act by squeezing the lower leg in a controlled fashion to encourage venous blood in the extremity to return to the heart (venous return) against gravity.  When you’re active and moving about the muscles in the calves act as pumps and actively push the venous blood upwards.  However, when you’re sitting or standing for long periods of time blood can begin to pool in the veins resulting in swelling, discomfort and fatigue.  Modern compression stockings are not the plain and unsophisticated “tight” socks your grandmother wore.  They are available in a wide arrange of styles, colours, and patterns for work, athletics, and every day use.  Sophisticated knitting technology now allows manufactures to create stockings with a compression gradient which means that properly fitting stockings are tighter at the bottom around the ankles and are progressively relaxed as the reach the calf muscles.  This design further enhances venous return and comfort for the user.

Who Should Use Compression Stockings?

Compression stockings can make anyone’s legs feel less fatigued after a long day; however, the following people would benefit significantly from wearing compression stockings:

  • People with or at risk for circulation problems, like deep vein thrombosis (DVT), varicose veins, or diabetes
  • People who have just had vascular surgery or a procedure for varicose veins
  • Individuals who are bed bound or have a difficult time moving their legs
  • Workers who stand or sit for extended periods of time
  • Athletes
  • Pregnant women
  • Anyone travelling by air plane

Compression Stockings refer to mmHg.  What are mmHg?

The symbol mmHg means millimetres of mercury and is a measurement of pressure.  For example, 20 mmHg is equal to the pressure exerted by a column of mercury 20 mm deep at 0 degrees celsius and under the acceleration of gravity.  Compression stockings use this measurement to identify to the user how much compression is provided by the product.

Are Compression Stockings, Socks, Garments the same thing?

These words are often used interchangeably and they are basically the same thing although there are some differences.  Stockings is a word that generally refers to a longer / higher garment such as a thigh high stocking or pantyhose.  Socks typically refers to a lower garment such as knee high socks.  The work garment covers everything and may include arm and leg sleeves or any other type of compression device.

Insurance Coverage for Compression

In our experience almost every employee insurance plan in Hamilton includes coverage for compression socks / stockings / garments.  However, most people are unaware if they have the coverage.  To find out if you have coverage simply call the number on the back of your insurance card and ask.  You will want to ask how many pairs are covered each year and how much money is covered for each pair.  Typically your extended health insurance will require a prescription from a medical doctor.  This could be your family physician or a specialist such as your vascular surgeon.  Most insurers will only cover compression stockings that have a compression of at least 20-30mmHg.  This is lightest compression that is considered to be a “medical grade” product.  Lighter compression such as 15-20mmHg is considered to be a sporting grade compression and is generally not covered even though it still provides a considerable benefit.

How to Get Your Own Compression Stockings / Socks / Garments

If you’re ready to experience the benefits of compression therapy for yourself the Physio In Motion Therapy Centre at 700 Main Street East has you covered. We have experienced and certified fitting specialists on staff and the expertise to answer all your questions. Once you have your prescription  please call us at 905-218-6556 to schedule your no charge fitting and consultation.

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