Performance & Medical Compression Socks
Medical grade stockings require a prescription from your doctor that includes a diagnosis and a compression level, typically 20-30mmHg. They are tighter stockings, designed to address medical concerns with your legs such as varicose veins, swelling, pregnancy, lymphedema, and so on.
These socks are usually covered under extended health benefits. Call your insurance company to ask how many stockings you can order per year, and what your coverage is. Each plan is different.
Compression socks, also known as stockings, are specially measured and fitted socks that apply pressure to your legs to help your blood vessels work better. They prevent your legs from getting tired and achy, ease swelling in your feet and ankles, and prevent and treat spider and varicose veins. Compression socks come in a variety of sizes, lengths, and colours, and are available with different strengths of compression.
Veins carry non-oxygenated blood back to your heart. Sometimes this system can fatigue or not work properly, and blood can pool in lower leg causing symptoms of fatigue, aching, swelling, varicose veins, and spider veins. Properly fitted compression stockings help give your veins a boost and push the blood back up to your heart.
There are multiple compression levels within your compression stockings: the socks are the tightest around the ankle and gradually get looser up the leg. This forces the blood upwards to improve circulation and promote endurance. Because these stockings keep the blood moving up and down your legs efficiently, it can also prevent the risk of developing blood clots in the legs.
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There are two main types of compression stockings:
Medical grade stockings require a prescription from your doctor that includes a diagnosis and a compression level, typically 20-30mmHg. They are tighter stockings, designed to address medical concerns with your legs such as varicose veins, swelling, pregnancy, lymphedema, and so on. These socks are usually covered under extended health benefits. Call your insurance company to ask how many stockings you can order per year, and what your coverage is. Each plan is different. They usually cost around $150.00 per pair for knee highs.
These socks do not require a medical doctor prescription. Non-medical grade socks are not as tight as the medical grade, but still provide a snug fit that supports the legs. They are usually used for athletics, pregnancies, flights, traveling, and day-to-day use. The average cost is $55.00 per pair for knee highs.
Ask yourself these questions to determine whether medical grade compression socks might be right for you:
If you answered yes to any of these questions, medical grade compression stockings may be beneficial for you.
Here are a few things you should know if you’re just getting started with compression stockings:
It is always important to consult your family doctor before being measured and ordering compression stocking to ensure you are a good candidate for them. Your doctor will then provide you a prescription with a certain compression level listed. Now, you can visit Footprint Health and Wellness to get properly measured and have your stockings fit to your legs and feet.
Footprint’s Registered Chiropodist, Brittney Wirtz, is a highly-trained foot and ankle specialist—trust your feet, legs, and ankles with no one else. Our Chiropodist ensures that your care comes first and educates each person on why they need compression, how they will work, and what to expect when you first wear them. A proper education session is the key to success with compression, and can help keep your stockings lasting longer. You will need to be properly measured to order a pair of stockings that will fit your legs properly. A few simple measurements around your ankle, calf, and leg length will ensure the best fit.
Footprint uses only quality products, and supports a local Barrie company, Lunatik Athletiks, who guarantee superior quality and customer satisfaction. Lunatik Athletiks offers a wide selection of colourful, stylish, and patterned compression socks so you can change up your look.
Book your next medical or non-medical compression stocking appointment with our Registered Chiropodist, Brittney, today! Don’t wait to have your legs feeling their best.
Properly fitted compression stockings help give your veins a boost and push the blood back up to your heart, improving circulation. This alleviates symptoms such as swelling and aching that are commonly associated with varicose veins. If you have symptomatic varicose veins, talk to your doctor about getting a prescription for compression socks and visit your Chiropodist at Footprint Health and Wellness Centre to get fitted.
Varicose veins are visibly enlarged, discoloured veins that are typically found in the lower leg. They can appear dark purple or blue in colour and look twisted and bulging, often like cords on your legs.
Over time, the valves in your veins can become weak and do not function as well as they used to. Standing and walking upright increases the pressure in the veins of your lower body and can lead to these changes. Sometimes varicose veins can be painless (asymptomatic), and only look different. In some cases, varicose veins are painful (symptomatic) and can cause a heavy achy feeling in your legs, burning, throbbing, muscle cramping, swelling, or itching around your veins.