Compression socks or stockings are like tights or pantyhose. However, they are made from a different material and serve a different purpose. They are carefully designed to provide relief from many medical conditions, one of them being deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
Typically, compression socks are tighter around the ankle and slightly more flexible around the thighs and calves. Here are a few benefits of using compression socks for DVT:
1. Improved blood circulation
DVT is a grave condition that is characterized by a blood clot developing in a vein deep that is inside the body. Sometimes the clot may even travel to the lungs, which can block your arteries. This is known as pulmonary embolism. Thus, to prevent swelling and enhance blood flow throughout the body, especially the lungs and heart, your doctor might suggest wearing a compression stocking. These stockings build pressure and push the blood flow up the leg. They work great for DVT because the pressure can curtail the blood from clotting and pooling.
2. Reduced swelling
Swelling in the legs due to DVT is often painful and indicative of a fluid buildup. At times, the pain and swelling is so severe that it can lead to possible infection or ulcers. Compression stockings don’t just better the blood flow, but they also lower pain and swelling. They help prevent fluid buildup and simultaneously relieve you of pain and swelling.
3. Better management of post-thrombotic syndrome
A key DVT complication is post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS). It is marked by prolonged pain and discomfort after DVT. When you are suffering from these symptoms, compression therapy including compression socks comes in handy. With regular use, you can overcome these symptoms and get back to your routine activities.
4. Useful post-surgery tool
After you undergo a surgery, there is a fair chance that you may develop dangerous and painful blood clots in the legs. These clots aggravate if you are prescribed bed rest following the surgery. To avoid the clots, your health expert may recommend compression stockings to you. These stockings enhance blood flow while you are on bed rest and simultaneously lower the risk of clotting when you are not as active as you are supposed to be.
5. Lowered chances of blood pooling
As blood circulates throughout body, the tiny valves keep it from refluxing or going back into the leg or other body parts. When there is a problem with the valves, the blood collects in the legs. It can lead to pain, swelling, cramps, and even ulcers. Compression socks can prevent this.