People wear compression stockings for comfort, to do better in sports, and to help prevent serious medical conditions.
Compression stockings are like pantyhose or tights, but they’re made from a different material and serve a different purpose. While you may wear an ordinary stocking for style or to protect your legs, compression stockings have an elastic fabric designed to fit tightly around the ankles, legs, and thighs. These stockings are tighter around the ankle and less tight around the calves and thighs.
Basically, they improve your blood flow. They can lessen pain and swelling in your legs. They can also lower your chances of getting deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a kind of blood clot, and other circulation problems.
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a condition that occurs when blood clots form in veins deep inside your body. These clots can occur anywhere in the body. However, this condition often affects the lower legs or thighs.
Symptoms of DVT include swelling, pain or tenderness, and skin that may feel warm to the touch.
Compression stockings are effective for treating DVT. Studies examining the effectiveness of compression stockings have found a link between compression stockings and DVT prevention in hospitalized patients.
One study followed 1,681 people and consisted of 19 trials, including 9 with participants undergoing general surgery and 6 with participants undergoing orthopedic surgery. Among those wearing compression stockings before and after surgery, only 9 percent developed DVT, compared with 21 percent of those who didn’t wear compression stockings.
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