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- Introduction Healthy Leg Tips How to put on Measuring instructions FAQ
A Closer Look at Graduated Compression:
How does graduated compression therapy help with the management of venous problems? As a person walks, the contraction and relaxation of the calf muscles around the veins aid in moving blood toward the heart. The external graduated compression of SIGVARIS socks and stockings acts as a layer of muscle by gently squeezing the stretched vein walls together, allowing the valves to close. The cavity of the vein is reduced, thereby restoring blood flow to a normal state and aiding overall circulation.
To be most effective, the socks or stockings should be put on at the start of your day and removed before you go to bed. Some people have an inherited weakness of the vein walls or valves which creates additional challenges to venous return. Wearing SIGVARIS graduated compression socks or stockings is vital forthe prevention and treatment of varicose veins and other circulatory problems.
How to Play Your Part to Keep Your Legs Healthy:
1. Avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time. Our circulation improves with physical activity, so GET UP! Take a short walk, climb stairs, or make an effort to move around the office and at home. Avoid prolonged sitting or standing as this may increase leg pain and swelling.
2. After a long tiring day, especially during the summer, revitalize your legs with a cool shower or bath. Avoid extended exposure to heat from sunbathing, hot baths, or the sauna as excessive heat will cause your veins to dilate and may induce swelling.
3. Elevate your legs. To boost your body’s natural circulation, elevate your legs while you are sitting on the sofa or lying in bed at home. At the office, keep a leg
rest under your desk.
To put on a regular pair of socks, most people scrunch them up, stick their foot in, and pull. It’s pretty easy. Try this with a compression stocking and you’ll get nowhere fast!
Check out Sigvaris's youtube donning videos which demonstrates different ways to easily and properly put on a pair of support socks. These videos will demonstrate the “heel pocket method”, how to use rubber donning gloves, and how to use a “Stocking Donner”.
- Measurements should always be taken as soon as possible after waking when swelling is at its lowest.
- Limbs should be measured next to bare skin .
- The measuring system is based on the angle between the sole of the foot and leg or arm being at 90 degrees, for best results.
- Measurements must be taken by pulling the tape snugly around the leg but without constriction.
- Measurements should be taken from the ground up.
- How do I take care of my compression garments?
Prolong the life of your stocking by daily handwashing or machine washing on a delicate wash cycle (please note the care instructions on the label of your stocking) after each wear.
The product can be machine dried provided a delicate cycle is choses (refer to the information on the label of the stocking). However, direct heat should be avoided (radiators and sunshine). When handwashing the stockings, we recommend drying them between two towels (DO NOT WRING).
Only use mild washing powder/liquid and avoid the use of washing additives like fabric softener, optical brightners or stain removers. We strong recommend a washing solution that is meant for elastic garments (can be purchased on this website).
Please wipe the inside of the silicone top band with a damp cloth regularly