Compression Stockings Toronto
Do you have Tired or Swollen feet/legs? Compression Stockings are a specialized hosiery designed to prevent or aid in the further progression of venous disorders. The garment is worn much like a sock or women’s stocking but they are made from an elastic material that wrap around the leg at a higher and gradient pressure starting from the toes. They help to improved circulation in the lower extremity, reduce swelling, and support the walls of bulging or distended veins which could otherwise lead to more complicated and painful disorders. Your legs will have more energy and will not fatigue as quickly.
Many people wear compression stockings to help control swelling or edema (fluid) in the legs and feet. This common condition can be a result of a very wide variety of conditions, and often the result of a condition known as venous insufficiency. It is important to understand that compression stockings do not typically cure the problem but are, in fact highly effective at controlling the excess fluid and minimizing long term complications from it. So, if you have edema in the legs, we strongly recommend that you discuss this condition with your physician to determine the underlying cause of the edema.
We are one of the city’s leading supplier of compression stockings in Toronto and are proud to have a team of physiotherapists with specific training and are classified as Custom-Fitters for THERAFIRM® compression stockings. They come in various sizes, lengths, colours, and materials to suit the patient’s preference and needs.
Compression stockings can be a part of your daily routine. If they fit right, they should be snug but comfortable.
It’s best to wear them all the time, unless you are bathing or sleeping. Plan on replacing your stockings every 4 to 6 months.
At first, putting on a pair of compression stockings can be tricky. But with some practice, you’ll find what works for you. Here are some tips:
Before you put them on
- Hand wash new stockings after you buy them. It will make them more flexible and easier to put on. Consider buying a second pair, if you can afford it. That way, you’ll have a clean pair to wear while you wash the other.
- Put a dressing on any open wound before putting on the compression stockings.
- Keep your stockings by your bed, so you can put them on when you first get up.
To put them on
- Do it early in the morning, when you have the least swelling in your legs.
- Sit in a chair with a back. This gives you something to lean against as you put on the stockings.
- Hold the top of the stocking with one hand. Then with your other hand, reach inside the stocking and push your arm all the way in until you reach the end and can grab the toe.
- When you have a firm grip on the toe, pull your hand back up through the stocking, turning it inside out, but leaving the tips of your fingers in the toe of the stocking.
- Put your toes into the toe of the stocking, and gently roll and slide it back over your heel. Then use your finger tips or palms to slowly roll and slide the stocking all the way up your leg.
- Be careful not to grab and pull at the top of the stocking, because that can cause it to rip or tear.
If you have trouble
- Wear rubber gloves to help you grip the fabric, if you need to.
- Try a silk “slip sock” if you use toeless stockings. It helps the stocking slide over your foot, and then pulls off through the toe after the stocking is on. You can get one at a medical supply store.
- Try a “stocking butler.” It’s a metal device that holds the stocking open while you step into it. Try one before you buy one, though. They can be hard to use.
- Talk to your doctor or the certified fitter at your medical supply store, especially if you have a disability that makes it hard to put the stockings on.
Call your doctor if your toes get numb or painful or turn dark while you are wearing compression stockings.