Our qualified staff at The Foot Institute offer comprehensive services to patients covering all aspects of foot and leg health. We have both specialized chiropodists and podiatrists to ensure all aspects of recommended treatments can be covered. We understand the importance of being healthy and pain free because your feet play the most important role during your daily activities.
One way of aiding leg health is through compression socks or stockings. Compression socks have been used for hundreds of years, however the discovery and manufacture of modern elastics has changed the effectiveness of the compression therapy.
Compression socks and stockings are designed to assist in the reduction and prevention of various venous problems such as thrombosis, edema, and phlebitis. This specialized hosiery is constructed of strong elastic and designed to prevent swelling as well assist in blood circulation. By compressing the legs, the venous blood flow is positively affected and valve efficiency is improved. The resulting reduction in swelling eases the feeling of “heavy legs” and concurrent aches and pains.
As opposed to traditional socks or stockings, compression socks create significant pressure on the lower limb especially your feet, ankles and lower leg. They are designed to be firmest around the ankles, gradually easing constriction around the lower legs towards the thighs. This lower limb compression also aids arterial pressure, forcing the blood to cycle more efficiently towards the heart instead of pooling in
lower limbs. There are two lengths available: compression socks which reach to the knee, stockings which are fitted to the upper thigh and full pantyhose.
Several conditions are relieved by the wearing of compression socks:
Tired aching legs – While the condition may just seem uncomfortable and even painful it could also be a precursor to deep vein thrombosis.
Edema – This is a condition where excess blood plasma swells in the small blood vessels and capillaries causing swelling in the soft tissues.
Chronic Venous Insufficiency – The veins fail to pump deoxygenated blood back to the heart.
Spider Veins – Mild venal weakness showing as tiny veins in the skin .
Varicose Veins – These veins become distended and may be inflamed and painful through venal weakness and once formed do not repair.
Deep Vein Thrombosis – A serious condition that may not be immediately obvious in which blood flow
decreases to lower extremities, allowing blood to pool. There is a possibility of blood clots forming which may cause serious problems if they then circulate through the body. There is higher risk of this occurring during high altitude flights with air pressure changes now commonly called “Economy Class Syndrome”,
because cramped seating exacerbates the problem.
Phlebitis – Occurs when inflammation and clotting occurs in a vein due a trauma or infection resulting inflammation.
Pregnancy – Hormonal changes and the enlarging uterus applying pressure to internal veins can affect leg veins and their functions.
The Foot Institute carries a selection of compression socks that range from casual wear, active wear, and
medical wear. Compression socks are created from an ideal combination of therapeutic efficiency and the finest yarn for effective comfort and style. Compression socks or stockings might just be the solution your aching feet are looking for. Book an appointment with us at The Foot Institute for a prompt
assessment and remedy.