What conditions do compression hosiery and socks benefit?
- Leg fatigue or pain
- Varicose veins
- Venous ulcers
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Chronic venous insufficiency
What are compression hosiery and socks?
Gradient medical compression therapy helps manage and prevent the progression of various vein-related diseases by promoting better venous flow which helps to control swelling, varicosities, leg fatigue and other problematic leg conditions. Gradient compression hosiery & socks apply a measured amount of compression to your leg as the basis of management of venous conditions. Gradient compression stockings apply the highest amount of pressure at the ankle and gradually decreases up the length of the stocking. This helps the blood in your veins flow in the right direction – back toward your heart- even if your veins and valves are damaged.
What compression level should I get?
Gradient compression stockings come in three different compression levels. It is recommended that you consult with your physician, such as your medical doctor or surgeon, for a prescription for compression levels higher than 20-30 mmHg to ensure medically effective management of your venous condition. There are different lengths of compression stockings available, depending on the location of your condition. Lengths range from knee high to waist level, available in various styles designed for both men and women. In addition, there is a style designed specifically for pregnant women.
Is the cost of compression hosiery and socks covered by my health benefits plan?
Maybe. You will have to contact your benefits provider to be certain you will be covered for all or a portion of your compression hosiery & socks. All plans are different, so it is important to ask the right questions:
- How much compression hosiery/stockings coverage do I have?
- How many pairs am I covered for per calendar year?
- What compression level does my plan cover?
- Do I need a referral note from my Physician?
Your insurance provider may require a prescription from a Physician, such as your Family Doctor, which includes a diagnosis. If you are interested in compression hosiery and socks, we encourage you to Contact Us and we can assist you through this process.
What should I expect?
The best time to measure you for compression stockings is shortly after rising in the morning, before you begin your day and gravity sets in. One of our qualified health care professionals will visit your home or office and conduct a thorough medical history, examination and measurement assessment to properly fit you for your compression stocking needs. Once the appropriate compression level, length and style of your compression stockings are determined and ordered, our qualified health care professional will return to your home or office to assess the fit and comfort.