Compression Stockings

prescription-wear graduated compression socks / stockings

Why would someone need compression socks?

The main culprit for someone needing to utilize compression socks is due to Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI). CVI occurs when the venous wall and/or valves in the leg veins are not working effectively, making it difficult for the blood to return to the heart from the legs. Venous insufficiency is more common in women than in men. With over 50% of adults at risk of developing chronic venous disorders, it is important to recognize and manage the symptoms, as early diagnosis is critical.

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Other risk factors that are associated with CVI include:

  • Spider veins, varicose veins or a family history of varicose veins
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

  • Prolonged sitting or standing

  • Obesity

  • Long distance travel
  • Age over 40
  • Pregnancy
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Leg surgery or trauma


The most common symptoms of CVI:

  • edema of the legs, ankles or feet (swelling)

  • weak legs
  • aching, throbbing or a feeling of heaviness and tightness in the legs

  • skin that is changing colour especially around the ankle

  • pain or cramps in the calves
  • venous leg ulcers

  • dermatitis (skin problems)

  • vein issues (spider veins, varicose veins, phlebitis)
  • itchy legs

  • thickening of the skin on legs or ankles