Why do I need to consider compression hosiery?
Aren't they for old people? Could I really benefit from wearing them? Aren't they hot and hard to put on?
These are some questions we here in the clinic all the time.
Let's review some statistics that will help you understand the importance of compression hosiery.
Now couple this with the fact that we’re less active than ever
• 1 in 4 adults is overweight/Obese
• Obesity and inactivity comorbidities include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and cancer to name a few
In addition to obese patients, those with varicose veins, phlebitis and chronic venous insufficiency, patients from about their late 20's and up come into the clinic looking for compression hosiery. Most are active and fit, some are not. Many stand for prolonged hours at work, whether they are nurses or other hospital staff, teachers, skilled labourers working an assembly line, skilled trades, cashiers, volunteers in a kitchen or even chiropractors and massage therapists. You could be a tourist or taking a flight on a plane or sitting for many hours. You don't have to have varicose veins present to have tire, aching legs or some ankle swelling after being on your feet or sitting for 8, 10 or even 12 hours
These are just some of the people that can benefit from compression hosiery.
If the time to get a pair of compression hosiery is right for you the next step is to set up an appointment. It won't take long and you'll be well on your way to more comfortable, supported and healthier legs.
At the time of your appointment, measurements will be taken to determine the correct gradient for you as well as size. Once you've chosen the style/colour etc., they will be specifically ordered in for you. It takes about 2 to 3 days to receive your compression hosiery.
Compression hosiery now comes in a variety of styles and colours. They are available in the traditional nylon appearance as well as trouser socks, sports socks, core spun socks and more.
For those that want an easier time donning their compression hosiery, consider a core spun sock. The fibre is specifically made to give you the same consistent compression, but to pull on with greater ease.
Many insurance plans cover compression hosiery. They will have to be prescribed of a minimum gradient and properly fitted for you.
Fees vary by length, type and compression gradient.
At Kingston West Family Chiropractic our suppliers of compression hosiery are Therafirm and Sigvaris.
If you want to schedule your fitting, have any questions, or want more information please contact us.