Medical Indications

Medical Indications

 The medical indications for support (or compression) socks include:

  • Tired, aching legs occur when the blood flow slows down in the legs (can be an indicator of deep vein thrombosis).

  • Edema is when the opposing forces that occur in the small blood vessels and capillaries cause a net ultrafiltration of plasma water into the soft tissues

  • Chronic peripheral venous insufficiency is when the veins cannot pump deoxygenated blood back to the heart.

  • Varicose veins are saccular and distended veins which can expand considerably and may cause painful venous inflammation. Once developed, will not disappear on its own. The formation of varicose veins is an externally visible sign of venous weakness.

  • Spider Veins are the smallest cutaneous blood vessels which shimmer bluish or reddish through the skin.

  • Deep vein thrombosis occurs when blood flow decreases (especially in the lower extremities), causing blood to pool in the legs and leading to blood clot (thrombus) formation.

  • Lymphedema is when a body part swells due to an abnormal accumulation of lymph fluid, occurring when there is interference with the normal drainage of lymph fluid back into the blood, commonly swelling the arm, leg, neck or abdomen.

  • Phlebitis is when inflammation and clotting occurs in a vein, most often a leg vein, due to infection, inflammation, or trauma. People with varicose veins are more often affected. Inflammation occurs suddenly, causing the thrombus to adhere firmly to the vein wall, which can clog a superficial vein. 

  • Ecocomy Class syndrome which occurs on long flight, due to traveler’s inactivity, gravity, and cramped seating, which slows down the blood flow through veins.

  • Lipodermatosclerosis is the inflammation of subcutaneous fat, form of panniculitis.

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