Compression Socks Oakville
At our Chiropractic Clinic in Oakville we fit hundreds of patients a month for compression socks. We offer a wide variety of colours and styles of compression stockings in Oakville. The Medical Stockings are most likely covered by your extended health coverage at work. Come by for a free fitting and we will contact your insurance to firm up what is needed for optimized coverage. Most plans, not all, are allotted between 1 an 6 pairs of medical grade compression socks a year.
How do they work?
Compression socks are a useful tool to treat a variety of conditions affecting the feet, ankles and the lower and upper leg. These special socks work by providing graduated pressure that helps to prevent edema (swelling). By providing pressure around the foot, ankle and calf, the socks prevent the tissue from being able to fill with fluid, hence their ability to prevent swelling. The socks can also help compress leaky valves in the veins, which contribute to fluid building up around the ankles and feet. The greatest amount of compression is in the foot, then reduces slightly in the ankle and ends with even less compression around the calf.
What are they used for?
Compression socks are used to reduce abnormal swelling in the legs which decreases the strain on the tissues in the leg. Compression socks are used to treat:
– heavy, tired and achy legs after work
– edema (swelling)
– chronic venous insufficiency
– spider and varicose veins (from occurring or worsening)
– deep vein thrombosis
– pregnancy-related varicosities
Why do my legs need help doing this?
Swelling in the leg is not only a nuisance, but it is a health concern. This swelling can indicate that we have a venous insufficiency, or that we are sitting or standing for too long at a time. The human body is not meant to sit or stand for prolonged periods. When we move around, even walking, we help our bodies to push blood back up through our veins to be sent to the heart. The venous system, unlike the arterial system, is working against gravity and its walls are less muscular, making it difficult to move your blood upwards. Your veins depend on a valve system to help move the blood upwards, which prevents the blood from being able to fall back down. As the pressure of your blood pumping pushes blood upward, the pressure opens up the valve and the blood moves to the next section. With each successive pump, the next valve opens, and the blood continues upwards. The calf muscle is the main pump that assists pushing the blood upwards. When sitting or standing for extended periods of time the calf muscle is idle and we are preventing the movement that helps the blood move upwards through the valves. When the calf muscles movements are limited, fluid tends to backup into the surrounding area. The first sign will be some swelling in the foot and ankle, which can cause some pain and tiredness. When spider veins begin to appear, this is another sign that there are greater issues occurring inside and the venous system may be overloaded. This buildup of fluid can result in the valves of your venous system becoming damaged and leaky. This damage can be observed as varicose veins, which can be quite visible but more importantly painful.