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What are compression stockings?

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What are compression stockings? Compression stockings are elastic garments worn around the leg compressing the limb, exerting pressure against the legs, reducing the diameter of the distended vein causing an increase in venous blood flow velocity and valve effectiveness. Compression stockings help decrease venous pressure preventing and helping venous stagnation, swelling and pain. The main indications would be tired achy legs, leg swelling from chronic peripheral venous insufficiency or lymph edema, leg ulcers, superficial venous thrombosis, and deep venous thrombosis. Possible counter indications are moderate to severe peripheral obstructive arterial disease, congestive heart failure, cellulitis, draining dermatitis and advanced peripheral neuropathy.

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