Q: Who needs compression garments?
- Everyone, for some as early as in their teens!
- However, starting early is always a good proactive idea, so over the counter stockings could be a benefit to almost anybody.
- People with tired, aching, or heavy feeling legs.
- People with swelling in their legs (Edema) from standing or sitting all day.
- People who are travelling; it helps prevent blood clots and swelling.
Q: Do I need to get a prescription?
- Not necessarily for mild symptoms. You can get over-the-counter stockings.
- The more symptoms that you have, the more likely you’ll need a prescription.
- Your family doctor will give you a prescription
- Prescriptions are required for private insurance coverage.
Q: What’s the difference between getting an over-the-counter stocking and a medical grade stocking?
- Over-the-counter stockings have low compression and are based on your shoe size, ankle and calf circumference. They are usually 15-20 mmHg of mercury pressure.
- Medical/custom grade stocking require a prescription and measured by a certified compression fitter. You need an appointment for consultation and measuring.
- Both medical and customs stockings are fitted to the individuals needs and medical condition
- Most people will wear 20-30 mmHg, but also available up to 60 mmHg compression.
Q: Ok, so if I get custom stockings how much of a say would I get in how they look?
- There are many different fabrics and textures
- Many colours to choose from, including patterns, even crystals.
- As well, we are adding trend colours based on seasons.