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Compression Stockings: How to Use Them

Specially fitted compression stockings are tight at the feet with a gradually looser fit on the leg. Because there are different types, it's best to use the kind that your doctor recommends and that work best for you.

Compression stockings:

  • Help improve blood flow.
  • Help keep blood from pooling in the legs.
  • May help prevent blood clots from forming in deep leg veins.
  • Help relieve symptoms and prevent problems caused by things like varicose veins, skin ulcers, and deep vein thrombosis.
  • Will help the most if you wear them every day while you're awake, especially while you're on your feet.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Last RevisedAugust 17, 2012

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Last Updated: August 17, 2012
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