What Conditions Can Compression Hosiery Help With

You might have heard of compression hosiery, but aren't sure if it's right for you. Surprisingly, compression garments like hosiery can help with a multitude of conditions, ranging from diabetes to tired, aching legs. If you have any of the following conditions, you should ask your doctor what kind of compression hosiery might be right for you:


Compression is used to alleviate some of the leg swelling many Canadian diabetics are prone to. Usually, for diabetes, gradient hosiery is used, which helps counteract impaired leg vein valves. With gradient compression, the hosiery is tightest around the ankle then gradually lessens as it reaches the top of the leg. Not only does it reduce the amount of edema or swelling diabetics face, but it also greatly reduces the chance of a blood clot in the lower legs, something diabetics are especially prone to.

Lower Back Pain

If you're struggling with lower back pain, you might find that compression alleviates some of your pain. A lot of people who experience pain in the lower back are experiencing sciatica. Compression hosiery that goes all the way up to your lower back can reduce pain as it supports it, making the nerve less likely to flare up.


While pregnancy might be a joy, the leg swelling isn't so much fun. Luckily, compression socks or hosiery can help keep swelling down by reducing the diameter of the veins that are displaced due to the hormonal changes of pregnancy as well as the expanding uterus. If you're pregnant and considering compression hosiery, remember that it's more beneficial to use it all day then to use them for half of a day.

Tired Legs

If you have chronically tired legs, it could be because blood flow slows down in the legs. Compression hosiery increases valve effectiveness and venous blood flow velocity, meaning that your heavy, aching, tired legs may feel rejuvenated and ready to take on some more.

Other Conditions

There are a variety of other conditions, less common, where professionals advise compression garments. These include:

  • Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Spider Veins
  • Long Airline Flights
  • Lymphedema
  • Phlebitis
  • and more!

It's vitally important that you see a professional before purchasing compression garments, as a patient must have proper sizing and enough arterial blood flow in the ankle. There are also many contraindications for compression garments, such as advanced peripheral neuropathy, heart failure or disease, and oozing dermatitis. For more information on compression hosiery and for your free consultation, call us.

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