Tuesday, January 2, 2018

We love compression!

At the Vein Healthcare Center, we talk about graduated compression. A lot. 


In fact, Dr. Asbjornsen wears 20-30mmHg socks or stockings almost every day. Doctors are always on their feet, and graduated compression fights—and beats—gravity, keeping the blood circulating from the legs back up to the heart.


In our last issue of Vein Health News, the cover story was all about caring for your legs and feet when you’re constantly using them. Our colleague Tom Musone from the compression company Juzo gave us six tips about how to use compression to make your legs feel better:

1. Wearing compression every day can prevent edema (leg swelling), alleviate venous symptoms, and make your legs feel better overall.

2. Make sure you wear graduated compression stockings. That means the pressure is highest at the foot and ankle and gradually decreases as the garment rises up the leg. This pressure gradient makes it easier for the body to pump blood up towards the heart and more difficult for gravity to pull blood downward.

3. Compression also increases the pressure in the subcutaneous tissue, which helps to reduce and prevent swelling by moving excess fluid back into the capillaries.

4. Gradient compression is expressed in millimeters of mercury, or mmHg. Unless otherwise directed by a medical professional, look for 15-20 mmHg or 20-30 mmHg.

5. Current evidence supports wearing either knee-high or thigh-high style compression stockings when standing for prolonged periods. A good fit is the most important factor.

6. Get fitted by a certified fitter to find the brand, product, and style that’s right for you. These days there are dozens to choose from.

Dr. Asbjornsen swears that even if she weren’t a vein specialist prescribing compression stockings to patients, she would still tout the benefits of wearing it, because her legs feel so good at the end of the day!


If you have any questions about graduated compression for venous relief, prevention, or both, contact us at the Vein Healthcare Center. We’re happy to educate about the benefits of compression.