Compression Hose

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I have a job that requires standing on my feet most of the day and my legs ache at the end of the day. Do you have anything that could help me?

Often, people whose jobs require prolonged standing develop swelling and aching in their legs. Prolonged standing can even cause chronic venous insufficiency when the pressure of blood in the leg is raised. There is help. Studies have shown that compression stockings or socks have proven to help with this condition.

What is chronic venous insufficiency?

Leg veins depend on muscle movements to help push blood against gravity.  Small valves in the veins that also help blood flow are weakened by increased pressure of the blood in the leg veins. This condition leads to the appearance of varicose veins.  A recent study found that 2% of the workforce quit or changed jobs due to pain in the legs from standing during work.

What are gradient compression stockings?

Gradient compression stockings are elastic support stockings which hug the legs are thought to assist in the flow of blood through the veins of the legs back to the heart. They provide gradient compression, which means that the compression is highest at the toes and gradually decreases to the level of the thigh.

Are all compression stockings the same?

Compression hose come in differing compressions, depending on the severity of your condition. The lightest compression is 10-20 mm Hg.  Medium compression is 20-30 mm Hg.  Others are 30-40 mm Hg, or higher.  You can purchase compression hosiery in knee high, thigh high, or pantyhose varieties, and you can select them with closed toes or open toes. You can select various colors as well. We also carry compression socks for men.

How do I know what size compression hose that I need?

You need to be measured.  Measurements should be taken the first thing in the morning before getting out of bed, as these measurements are the most accurate.  Take the following measurements: around the ankle, around the calf, around the thigh, the length from the back of the knee to the ground, and the length from the bottom of the buttocks to the ground.

My doctor wrote a prescription for compression hose. Does my insurance pay for them?

Insurance coverage for compression hose varies considerably. Most insurances do not cover them, but there are exceptions. For example, Medicare will cover them only if there is an open venous stasis ulcer.  Medicaid will consider coverage, but requires pre-authorization. Tricare will cover them with a physician’s order. 

Are there any special circumstances that would suggest a need for compression hose?

Air travel might be a time that you would consider compression hose.  On long flights, some persons may develop blood clots in the legs.  Walking around the plane from time to time, and wearing compression hosiery during the trip help prevent this problem. Another circumstance is pregnancy.  Many physicians recommend compression hosiery during pregnancy.  At Home Health Products, we stock maternity compression hose for this time of your life.