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Medical Compression Socks and Stockings

Are you:
• working on your feet all day,
• travelling and want to reduce the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis
• playing sport
• noticing mild odema or slight varicose veins
• wanting to prevent varicose veins during pregnancy

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Or do you have:
• tired, heavy or swollen legs or ankles
• a sensation of heat in your legs
• a tingling, cramp or feeling of tension in your feet or legs
• a dragging pain in your calf
• the rupture of small veins immediately below the skin of the calf or thigh
Then compression socks or stockings will give you such a feeling of comfort and well-being without the tired legs at the end of the day!

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Each of us can take preventative measures against the advancement of a venous disorder. Six practical tips:
1. Lie or walk rather than sitting or standing
2. Use the muscle pump if you cannot avoid sitting or standing
3. Have you legs above your heart as often as possible
4. Avoid excessive warmth
5. Reduce your body weight eating healthily, drinking plenty of water and exercising.
6. Wear medical compression stockings every day.

Contraindications for wearing compression stockings include:
• Ischemia, which is a lack of oxygen in the limbs
• Peripheral neuropathy, which is damage to the nerves
• Congestive heart failure, which causes a build – up of fluid – odema in the legs.
• Cellulitis, which is an infection deep within the skin that causes fluid build-up
• Allergies to the components used to make compression garments

At Happy Feet Pedorthics we can measure and fit people for compression socks or stockings. For most people wearing compression garments means wearing a below knee sock.

Link to ‘Information sheet medical Venous disorders

Clare Nelson
C Ped CM AU

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