Compression Stocking Fitting and Supply Service
Posted on 28th March, 2019
Do you suffer from tired aching legs or need compressions stockings for travel, pregnancy or surgery?
We are excited to share that we have recently expanded our range of compression wear at High Wycombe Pharmacy. All of our Pharmacists have been trained this month to provide a full measure and fit service and can help you find the right product for your needs!
The range includes options for everyday wear, travel, sports, as well as the medical compression range after referral by your GP or vascular specialist.
Compression stockings are very effective at helping with/treating
- Tired, sore legs or feet
- Preventing DVT post-surgery or long distance travel
- Swelling during pregnancy
- Varicose veins
- Varicose ulcers
How do they work?
Compression stockings provide graduated compression, beginning at the ankle and releasing up the leg. This promotes circulation of the blood and gives your legs noticeably better support. They are available in below knee length, thigh length or pantyhose type (with belt) options. Compression needs to be at least 17mg at the ankle for them to work effectively and they come in a range of compression levels to suit your needs.
What is a DVT?
A DVT is a clot that forms in the deep veins of the body, usually in the leg. If not treated, there is a risk that part of the clot can break away, travel through your bloodstream to your lungs, where it can get stuck and block the flow of blood. In severe cases, this may also lead to a stroke. Common symptoms of a DVT include pain, swelling, redness, warmth and tenderness of the leg.
The best way to prevent these clots from occurring is by wearing compression stockings during periods where you may be at increased risk. This may be during extended periods (over 2 hours) of immobility, including travelling (by air, road or any other way if you are just sitting) or post-surgery. Other tips to help reduce the risk include walking periodically during flight, ankle/calf exercises and drinking (non-alcoholic!) fluids.
Timing is crucial when wearing compression stockings when flying! There is a common misconception that putting them on just before a flight and taking them off as soon as you arrive will be enough. It is best to put them on when you wake in the morning of the day you fly (even if you aren't flying until 11pm!), continue wearing them during the flight, and then leave them on until you go to bed after arrival. Then put them on again when you wake and leave them on for the whole day. Overall, you need to continue to wear them for at least 36 to 48 hours AFTER you arrive at your destination. The risk of a clot forming is actually highest in the 36-48 hour period following flying (> 2 hours) when the pooled blood is forced to move and any clot formed can then lodge somewhere else in the body.
Venosan products are of high quality with a wide range of fabrics and sizes. Unlike other similar products, the compression is stitched into the fabric to provide better quality, longer lasting compression. They are made in Switzerland and are currently the garment of choice for most vascular specialists across Perth.
It is also handy to know the private health funds will reimburse some or all of the cost of the Venosan compression range.
Speak to one of our Pharmacists in store to see if we can help you!