Compression garment Frequently asked questions

Most frequent questions and answers

Compression garments collect skin flakes, sweat, the remains of skin cream, etc., which may damage the threads and cause the fabric to lose its effectiveness. Most medi compression garments are machine washable and suitable for tumble drying making for easy care. To ensure proper care refer to the garment’s specific care instructions.

The correct fit is very important for safe and effective compression therapy. Medical compression stockings are designed to provide graduated compression and come in different pressure levels, measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg). A physician who understands your venous condition will prescribe a specific compression strength. Then, carefully measuring your legs, a professional fitter can provide you with the best compression garment for your individual needs.

Support stockings can be worn for prevention of vein disease, but they do not provided the graduated compression needed for the most effective prevention and treatment, and they are not subject to regulated standards. The “white stockings” in hospitals, also know as TEDs (thromboembolism-deterrent hose), are used when a patient is confined to bed for prolonged periods. They are also called anti-embolism compression class stockings because they prevent embolisms, or blood clots, from occurring when patients are lying in bed. They are meant exclusively for use by resting patients and are not for active, mobile patients.

A compression garment must not be worn in the case of circulation disorders in leg arteries or those with serious heart conditions. Caution is also recommended in the case of sensory impairments due to diabetes and neuropathy (nerve damage). Your physician will advise you on the best approach for using compression with specific underlying conditions