Compression wear can help improve blood flow. Each item places gentle pressure on a specific part of a person's body, encouraging blood to move as it squeezes. Stock your medical supplies cabinet with compression wear in a variety of styles and sizes to suit the needs of low-mobility and post-surgery patients.
Compression support helps with such conditions as varicose veins, lymphedema and swelling. Many models are marked with a compression measurement to help you select the best product for a specific need. For firm compression, select those products marked with pressure levels at 30 mmHg or higher; for gentle compression, choose mmHg ratings of 15 and lower. Some items provide graduated compression levels to ensure the highest pressure where it is most needed.
Create compression only where you need it with items designed for specific body parts. Wrist compression supports usually feature openings for a person's thumb and finger, while ankle supports leave the heels and toes uncovered. If you're looking for compression stockings, models with open toes can increase airflow so it can be comfortable to walk during the post-surgery recovery process. Socks often use compression panels to combine ankle and arch support with toe comfort.
Low profile compression gear can make it easy to wear regular clothing. Choose styles that are made from thin, smooth material that disappears under clothing. Compression socks are available in a variety of colors that don't attract attention when paired with business or casual clothes. Many women's compression stockings can resemble traditional pantyhose to fit under skirts and dresses for all-day support. Thigh-high styles can offer leg support and leave hips free to move under mid-length hems.
Many socks and hose use flat seams or low-profile knit seams to prevent rubbing. You can choose styles with roomy toe areas for extra flexibility. Wide, comfort-fit bands can distribute pressure as they hold compression wear in place. For people with sensitive skin, consider thigh-high stockings with no elastic at the top; a standard garter belt holds the stockings in place without restricting the thighs.
Compression wear is available in a variety of standard sizes. Socks usually use a simple XS to XXL size system, while stockings often label the size based on thigh, calf and ankle measurements. For ankle and wrist compression support, consider joint diameter sizing. In a crowded medical wear supply room, compression products with color-coded toes or labels make it easier to identify the correct size at a glance.