What are compression stockings?
At Greater Pittsburgh Vascular Associates, we recommend prescription-strength gradient compression stocking for all of our patients suffering from venous insufficiency. Compression stockings are specially designed to apply pressure to your lower legs, helping to maintain good venous return and reduce discomfort and swelling that can be caused by blood pooling and clotting in the leg. These stockings are worn on the legs from the foot to the upper thigh, or to just below the knee.
Most all insurances require patients to wear compression stockings for a minimum of 3 months before authorizing other types of vein treatment.
To be sure that your stockings fit appropriately, it is best to purchase your compression stockings at a medical supply store where you will be fitted by a specially trained member.
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