If you can’t wait to get home and put your feet up at the end of a long day, it might be time to consider compression therapy. Swollen and heavy legs that are weighing you down after eight or ten hours on your feet are your body’s way of telling you the potentially incompetent or weak valves in your legs might need some extra help.
Compression therapy improves the blood flow both in the legs and to the heart. Using controlled graduated pressure via compression stockings or socks will reduce the swelling in the legs.
Most people think that compression garments are something only professional athletes or people with severe venous disease use. If you talk to us here at Ottawa Vein & Cosmetic Medical Clinic, you’ll quickly realize that compression stockings and socks are great for anyone.
Should I Try Compression Therapy?
There are several symptoms and signs your body will use to let you know you need to seek help. Consider giving compression therapy a try if you have:
- Varicose or spider veins
- Venous leg ulcers
- Had or undergoing treatment for your spider or varicose veins (either injection, laser or surgery)
- Constantly painful and swollen legs
- Complaining of symptoms in your legs like throbbing, heaviness, itchiness, burning, tiredness, pain, restless legs
- If you’ve had surgery recently
- If you are pregnant
- If you stand or sit for long hours
- If you frequently travel
- Have lymphatic drainage problems
Swelling and leg pain are the most common symptoms that prompt people to come to us. Thanks to the fast-paced life most of us lead and the gruelling working hours some of us have, swollen legs are slowly but surely becoming a common problem.
Fortunately, that problem is solved easily with compression socks and stockings. That’s why everyone on the Ottawa Vein & Cosmetic Medical Clinic team is a certified fitter for compression stockings.
Benefits of Compression Socks and Compression Therapy
More often than not, our patients tell us that they’ve only heard of people wearing compression socks during long flights. However, consider your day-to-day activities. Do you sit or stand continuously at your job for six to ten hours? That’s much more taxing on your legs than one flight, isn’t it?
Compression socks, stockings, and garments have a myriad of benefits. They:
- prevent leg swelling in people who sit or stand a lot during their day;
- prevent venous thromboembolism, which is a common occurrence with immobile people;
- manage varicose veins (even in pregnancy);
- improve healing and prevent recurrence of leg ulcers;
- improve chronic venous insufficiency.
Compression socks are slowly but surely becoming a popular treatment. They improve blood flow quickly and support healthy circulation, reducing the risk of blood clots and preventing or alleviating various venous diseases.
If you’re unsure if compression socks are the right choice for you, book a consultation with a member of the Ottawa Vein & Cosmetic Medical Clinic team. We’d be happy to help!