Compression Garments

Vein Specialists of the Carolinas

 Compression Education
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Let’s Talk Compression Garments

How To Put On/Take Off Compression Garments

How To Measure Your Compression Garments

Compression Garments – Questions & Answers

Benefits of Compression

Garments and Products

At Vein Specialists of the Carolinas provide a wide variety of styles and sizes in Compression Therapy including socks, stockings, tights and leggings.

Compression Garments:

  • Beneficial to Vein Health
  • Often required by Insurance Companies prior to vein treatment

Principles of Compression Therapy:

The concept of compression therapy lies on a simple and efficient mechanical principle: the application of an elastic garment around the leg.

  • Graduated compression of the leg- strongest at the ankle decreasing up the leg
  • Promotes venous return
  • Decreases venous pressure
  • Prevents venous stasis
  • Reduces edema
  • Relieves symptoms of heavy achy legs

Treatment with Compression Therapy:

  • Prescribed by a physician or clinician to treat the symptoms of venous disease
  • Prescribed during the healing phase after venous procedures for varicose and spider veins
  • Prescribed to prevent venous issues for patients at high risk, women during pregnancy and someone traveling long distance

People who benefit from graduated Compression Therapy:

  • stand or sit for long periods of time daily
  • have been prescribed anticoagulants
  • frequent or long distance travel
  • are pregnant
  • history of  Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • swelling in their legs and feet
  • have or history of varicose and/or spider veins

Contraindicated in people with:

  • Severe arterial insufficiency, intermittent claudication, ischema
  • Uncontrolled congestive heart failure
  • Skin sensitivities or allergies
  • Advanced neuropathy with sensory loss in the leg or foot
  • Diabetes with arterial compromise



Compression Level


10 – 20 mmHg
  • Heaviness and fatigue of the leg
  • Mild varicose veins during pregnancy
  • Mild varicose veins without significant oedema
  • Prophylaxis of thrombosis and embolism for immobile patients
  • Prophylaxis during travel (Economy Class Syndrome)
20 – 30 mmHg
  • More severe varicose veins during pregnancy
  • Varicose veins with mild oedema
  • Post superficial and deep venous thrombosis
  • Post sclerotherapy, venous surgery or thermal ablation
  • Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI)
  • Management of healed venous ulcer
  • Prevention of DVT and oedema
  • Post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS)
  • Prevention of PTS
  • Post-traumatic oedema
30 – 40 mmHg2
  • Pronounced varicosis with severe oedema
  • Severe chronic venous insufficiency
  • Treatment of active ulcers and recurrent ulcers
  • Severe post-traumatic oedema
  • Lymphoedema
>40 mmHg2
  • Severe post-thrombotic syndrome
  • Severe lymphoedema

    Compression Garments Measuring Instructions

    Please follow these instruction carefully to determin the correct size for different types of garments.



    Healthy Leg Tips

    1. Avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time.
      Circulation improves with physical activity, so GET UP! Take a short walk, climb stairs, or make an effort to move around the office and at home.
      Prolonged sitting or standing may increase leg pain and swelling.
    2. Avoid extended exposure to heat from sunbathing, hot baths, or the sauna.
      Excessive heat causes veins to dilate and may induce swelling
    3. Elevate your legs.
      To boost your body’s natural circulation, elevate your legs throughout the day
    4. Exercise.

    To help improve circulation:

    1. Manage your weight.
      Carrying excess weight often makes leg symptoms worse including swelling
    2. Wear graduated compression socks and stockings.




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