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Compression Garments

The Orthotic Clinic specialises in the fitting of compression garments. In recent years, people have become more aware of role of compression garments in the prevention of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), however aside from wearing them on the plane, they have many other applications.

What do they do?

Veins are responsible for returning deoxygenated blood back to the heart. For some, this can be especially difficult in the legs, because when we stand, blood must travel against the force of gravity. Through the use of  Graduated Compression Therapy, garments can be fitted to assist in effective venous return.  

  

What is Graduated Compression Therapy?

Quality compression garments have graduated compression. This means that the compression applied by the stocking is greatest lower down the limb (at the hands/feet), and gradually eases as it approaches the top. This design exerts a "squeezing" effect on the veins, helping to reduce the accumulation of fluid in the arms and legs, thereby reducing swelling.

To ensure you are fitted correctly, all garments are available in various levels of compression, accurately measured and fitted according to your specific limb size and particular needs, as opposed to body height and weight.

Most importantly though, we ensure that you are able to manage them yourself before you leave the clinic with them. For some people, applying and removing these garments can be difficult, as they need to be tight in order for them to be effective. Often we may need to fit you with a lighter level of compression, but what would be the use in fitting you with a pair of stockings that you can't put on yourself?
 

Why would someone be prescribed compression garments?

Compression garments can be beneficial for:                          

  

  • Varicose veins
  • Lymphoedema
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD)       
  • Venous Insufficiency
  • Travelling

  • Diabetic management
  • Burns & scar management
  • Post-mastectomy management
  • Tired, aching legs and feet  

What styles are available?

Our stockings are available in a range of colours and lengths, including below knee (open and closed toe), mid-thigh and pantyhose styles, as well as gloves and arm sleeves for the upper limb.          

What else do I need to know?

We will of course give you all the information you need about where and when you need to wear them, how to put them on, take them off, and how to care for them.