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Compression stockings may be used for problems like varicose veins, skin ulcers, and deep vein thrombosis (blood clot in the leg). But there are different types of stockings, and they need to fit right. So your doctor will recommend what you need.
These stockings help prevent blood and fluid from pooling in the legs. This may help skin ulcers heal and prevent them from coming back. The stockings can also help prevent blood clots and relieve symptoms from deep vein thrombosis and varicose veins.
Prescription stockings are tightest at the foot. They get less and less tight farther up on your legs.
The kind you buy without a prescription have lighter elastic. So the pressure is typically even all the way up the leg. These don't cost as much. They may help relieve mild symptoms. But they do not have enough compression to prevent skin ulcers.
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Current as of: December 19, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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