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Compression eases pressure.

Typically, leg muscles exert pressure on the veins to pump blood to the heart. But when you're sitting for long periods, as on a long flight, your legs aren't getting that extra pressure to send the blood back to the heart. Blood can accumulate in ankles and feet, causing swelling and aching. There's also a risk of blood clots or deep vein thrombosis.

A pair of moderate to firm graduated compression legwear can help ease these problems.

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    And graduated compression legwear for men and women work harder than most to help you feel better all day long. Here's how.

    Graduated compression legwear applies controlled pressure on the legs, with the highest degree of pressure at the ankle and gradually decreasing up the leg.

A Closer Look at Leg Disorder

Graduated Compression Legwear can Help

Achy, tired or swelling legs can result from many different conditions, but whatever the source, managing leg circulation issues offers great peace of mind and an even greater level of comfort.

When our legs feel energized, we benefit not only from healthy circulation, but a better frame of mind as well.

Types of Vein Disorders

  • Edema

    Abnormal buildup of fluid in the ankles, feet, and legs.

    • Swelling
    • Tired and achy legs
  • Varicose Veins

    Swollen, twisted, and sometimes painful veins that have filled with an abnormal collection of blood.

    • Leg pain
    • Leg swelling
    • Leg ulcers
  • Venous Insufficiency

    A condition in which the veins have problems sending blood from the legs back to the heart.

    • Leg pain and swelling
    • Discoloration of the lower leg – often causing brown patches
    • Venous ulcers and dermatitis
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis

    A blood clot that forms in a vein deep inside a part of the body. It mainly affects the large veins in the lower leg and thigh.

    • Swelling in leg, ankle or feet
    • Pain in leg, ankle or feet – it often starts in calf
    • Skin discoloration

When Good Valves Go Bad

  • A series of one-way valves in veins aid the movement of blood up the leg to the heart.

  • Over time, valves can become damaged and allow blood to flow backward, flow in both directions, or pool in the veins. This could lead to swelling, varicose veins or more serious venous conditions.

  • Healthy Valves
    Healthy valves

    Prevent blood from flowing back down the veins

  • Damaged Valves
    Damaged valves

    Allow for 2-way flow and pooling of blood

Key Factors and Causes

  • Key Factors and Causes of Vein Disorders

    • Heredity
    • Obesity
    • Surgery
    • Pregnancies
    • Extended standing/sitting
    • Injury
    • Hormonal changes
    • Natural aging process
    • Therapy treatment

Legs & Post-Surgical Care

Care for the legs and feet after surgery begins in the hospital. After surgery, the risk of circulation complications can increase due to infection or inactivity.

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    Poor circulation can cause conditions such as:

    Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

    DVT is caused by the formation of a blood clot in the deep venous system. This can occur following surgery or trauma to the legs, and causes stagnation of the blood flow in the leg. DVT is especially dangerous if the clot breaks away and travels to the lungs, leading to a potentially fatal pulmonary embolism. DVT can also form during long-haul flights, where the combination of cramped spaces, immobility, and air pressure differences increase DVT risk dramatically.

    Pulmonary Embolism

    Pulmonary Embolism occurs when blood clots break loose from the leg and travel through the heart to the lung, partially or completely blocking a pulmonary artery or one of its branches.

  • Signs and symptoms of Pulmonary Embolism include:

    • Shortness of breath
    • Rapid heartbeat
    • Sweating
    • Sharp chest pain (especially during deep breathing)
  • Some patients may:

    • Cough up blood
    • Develop dangerously low blood pressure
    • Pass out

    Anti-Embolism stockings provide the medically-proven benefits of graduated compression to offer effective support, as well as soft, durable materials for outstanding comfort and fit.

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