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Problems with poor circulation can lead to serious health complications and produce a number of uncomfortable symptoms. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to improve circulation and lessen discomfort. By following your doctor's instructions and wearing compression stockings or hosiery, you can begin to see improvements in circulation to your legs and feet and enjoy a higher quality of life despite suffering from poor circulation. Walgreens has many styles and types of compression hosiery available for you.
Compression stockings and hosiery are accessories that are worn over the feet and legs. Although the hosiery looks like ordinary socks or stockings, these garments are designed to fit extra tightly. The special material from which they are made allows the hosiery to exert pressure on the legs and feet. This pressure causes the blood vessels to widen. When the blood vessels that carry blood to and from the legs are wider, blood can more easily circulate to the extremities. This can alleviate feelings of aching and heaviness and help to reduce swelling of the lower extremities.
Doctors recommend compression stockings and hosiery for people with a variety of conditions. If you suffer from a chronic medical condition that causes poor circulation, such as diabetes or congestive heart failure, your doctor may tell you to wear compression stockings or hosiery on a daily basis to reduce symptoms. In some cases, compression stockings and hosiery are recommended after surgery or for people who are at risk for developing blood clots in the legs due to specific medical conditions. Compression hosiery is also frequently used on a temporary basis after operations for the reduction of varicose veins.
There are many different types of compression stockings and hosiery available on the market. Some types are simple compression socks that stop at the ankles while other styles are very long and cover most of the legs. Styles also vary in the amount of pressure that they exert on the legs and feet. For best results, be sure to buy the length and compression strength recommended by your physician. You are free to then buy the colors and prints that you like the best.
Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, you should put your compression stockings on in the morning as soon as you wake up. Make sure that you smooth the stockings out completely, so that there are no wrinkles or bumps in the fabric. Never try to put on stockings if your legs are wet or if you have recently applied lotion. If you have a difficult time pulling on the stockings, try dusting your legs and feet with baby powder first.
While compression hosiery and stockings can be very beneficial for those who require them, you should never wear this type of hosiery unless you are instructed to by your physician For best results, you should purchase new compression stockings or hosiery every 3 to 6 months or more frequently if you notice a reduction in the pressure due to stretching of the fabric.
This summary is intended for general informational purposes only, and should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. You should read product labels. In addition, if you are taking medications, herbs, or other supplements you should consult with a qualified healthcare provider before taking any over-the-counter medication as they may interact with other medications, herbs, and nutritional products. If you have a medical condition, including if you are pregnant or nursing, you should speak to your physician before taking these products. Consult a healthcare provider immediately if you experience side effects.