A.R. Menzies Certified Fitter, Lisa Dow, has more than 30 years of experience enabling her to answer many frequently asked questions and tips.
If you suffer from diabetes, varicose veins, tired legs or other poor circulation issues, you should discuss this with your doctor. After examination, your doctor may recommend a compression garment and will determine the compression and length of stocking you may need.
Graduated Compression Socks or Stockings (socks which are strongest at the ankle and decrease in compression as they go up the leg) help to return blood to the heart, decrease venous pressure, prevent blood pooling and the deterioration of the vein walls. They also effectively relieve aching and heavy legs by helping the body in moving blood up the leg against the pull of gravity.
Do I need a doctor’s prescription for compression stockings?
You do need a written referral from your doctor with the compression level and length of stocking that you require (i.e. for the leg, below knee, above knee, full pantyhose). Measurements are taken at early morning appointments when swelling is at the minimal.
Tips for Putting Stockings On
Use a little baby powder on your legs to help slide the stockings on. Wearing rubber gloves may also give you better grip as you roll them on and protect the stockings from tears due to fingernails and jewelry.
Washing Compression Socks
Compression socks should be washed each day after use with mild soap and water then air dried, so you will need at least two pairs for everyday use.