How to choose the right anti-varicose stockings?
At all stages of varicose, compression knitwear can be a real salvation. Antivaric stockings are able to completely replace elastic bandages, which were used previously to create pressure on the superficial veins. It is no longer necessary to demonstrate to everyone that you have problems with your legs. Compression stockings visually do not differ from usual, but perfectly fulfill the function assigned to them.
Who appoints compression stockings?
Many have become accustomed to prescribing treatment themselves, guided by the advice of neighbors or obsessive television advertising. This is fundamentally the wrong approach to your health! Only a qualified doctor, not a neighbor or the seller of the nearest pharmacy, can properly assess the patient's condition and choose a set of medical procedures for him.
If you have pain and heaviness in the legs, swelling, burning or sensation of a warm wave along the veins, darkening or thickening of the skin on the lower leg, you should consult a phlebologist for advice. It is this specialist that deals with the treatment and prevention of venous diseases. Independently, without an appointment, you can buy stockings or socks, the compression ratio of which is less than 18 mm Hg. Art. This laundry has only a preventive purpose.
Compression stockings: types
Antivaric stockings are chosen not for beauty, color and shape, although no one claims that it does not matter. The main indicator in the choice is the degree of elasticity and compression. The height of the stocking and the compression class should correspond to the stage of varicose veins. Particular benefit from compression linen can be felt in the early stages of the disease.
Stockings can be of different heights: to the knee, above the knee( upper thigh), to the waist. The height depends on the localization of varicose veins and the neglect of the disease. In addition, the compression laundry is divided into male and female. The stocking itself can be with an integral toe-heel part or have an open toe and heel.
For men, anti-varicose stockings are available in the form of tight gaiters, knee-length and up to the waist, in the form of tights on both legs or on one leg with a wide elastic band.
Points of sale
Do not look for therapeutic underwear at regular retail outlets. Compression stockings should be sold in specialized stores or in the pharmacy chain. In this case, the manufacturer can guarantee an individual approach to the selection of medical linen and compliance with the stated on the package parameters.
Anti-varicose stockings have different compression class:
- 1 class - effect up to 21 mmHg. Art. They are prescribed for the initial manifestations of the disease, which are expressed in the appearance of capillary "stars", pain and severity.
- For 2 class , it is possible to squeeze the leg from 22 to 32 mm Hg. Art. Stockings anti-varicose( 2 compression class) are prescribed for moderate varicose and thrombophlebitis.
- Stockings of the 3rd class compress the limb with an effort of up to 46 mmHg. Art. Such underwear is prescribed for severe forms of varicose veins, venous insufficiency, impaired blood supply due to damage to the peripheral nerves.
- 4 class is the maximum. The effort in this case is more than 50 mm Hg. Art. Such stockings are prescribed not often, mainly in the case of severe varicose veins and lymph flow disturbances.
The pricing of products depends on the brand, the use of the material and the compression class.
Ergoforma antivaric stockings are one of the best brands on the market today. All products are of high quality, attractive appearance and pronounced medical effect. They allow you to pay enough attention to leg health without compromising appearance. Stockings are available in black and beige.
If your choice is Ergoforma, anti-varicose stockings will meet European quality requirements. Products for women are made of combined synthetic materials. It is a mixture of polyamide and elastane. Openwork elastic band for fixing on the upper part of the thigh - silicone. The toe part is closed so that the product can be worn with shoes.
Canvas for models honeycomb( honeycomb).This allows you to maintain a quality compression class. Thanks to a special method of weaving and dyeing, the products do not outwardly differ from standard stockings, and have an extended service life.
Determining the size of the
Compression stockings do not correspond to the uniform dimensions of conventional linen. Before buying, you must perform special measurements. In this case, it should be borne in mind that each manufacturer has its own dimensional mesh.
Most often you need to know:
- your shoes size;
- circumference of shin circumference above bone;
- circumference in the widest part of the shin;
- circumference of the circumference in the wide part of the thigh;
- height from hip to heel.
The Ergoform brand, for example, produces anti-varicose stockings, the sizes of which are indicated by numbers from 1 to 6.
In order for products to perform medical functions and serve for a long time, they must be properly taken care of. Compression knitwear is erased daily and must be hand-made. Machine wash for these products is not allowed.
For gentle use, gentle means are used. The water temperature is not higher than 30 ° С.Bleaches and conditioners for compression linen can not be used.
After washing, anti-varicose stockings are not wrenched, but slightly squeezed. Next, the laundry is laid out on a flat solid surface away from direct sunlight and electric heaters.
Silicone gum should not be wetted during washing, it is rubbed with a mild alcohol solution as it gets dirty.
Compression stockings, appointed by a phlebologist for medical reasons, are worn daily for several months. To ensure that they have time to dry after washing, you need to buy 2 or more pairs.