As March is Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Awareness month, we wanted to provide you with some information on compression legwear and why leg health is important.
DVT is a blood clot that forms within a vein deep within the body. These blood clots can be caused by lack of motion, damaged veins, or if you naturally have thicker blood, and often first occur in the thigh in or in the lower leg. These blood clots can then move to other parts of the body and cause serious problems, including damage to internal organs, heart attacks, or a pulmonary embolism. There are some conditions that can increase your risk of DVT, including smoking, pregnancy, recent surgery, being over sixty, and being overweight.
Compression stockings are stockings…
worn from the arch of your foot to just above or below your knee. They provide gentle pressure up the leg by being tighter at the ankle and becoming looser as they move toward your knee, which can keep blood from pooling and clotting in your legs and decrease your chances for DVT.
There are three types of compression stockings, and you should talk to your doctor about what type is best for you and for how long you should wear them. The first type of compression stockings is support pantyhose, which provides the least amount of pressure. The second, which gives you a little more pressure, is over-the-counter compression hose, and are sold at medical supply stores and in pharmacies. The last of compression stockings are prescription-strength, and though they are also sold in medical supply stores and pharmacies, you should have a physician fit you for these stockings.
If you would like to look into compression legwear, we have many types of compression stockings available on our website, in casual, active, and professional styles.