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Compression Stocking at Cambridge Physiotherapy

Lot of people ask us what are compression stockings? and why do I need to wear them? Compression stockings are graduated pressure applied to your legs which helps to prevent build of fluid and swelling in your leg by improving circulation. What is the graduate pressure you say? Graduated pressure is pressure more strong near the ankle and less tighter at top.

Why do we need compression stocking?

I think we need to blame gravity.

We have heart to pump blood from center to periphery but blood returning to the heart and lungs need to overcome gravity where it is oxygenated and travel to vital organs like the brain, liver,lungs and rest of the body. Your circulation gets worse when you sit or stand for a long period of time. Injuries, pregnancy, surgery or  other conditions affect your circulation to maintain healthy legs.

Poor circulation is a common problem in today's world with jobs required to travel, sit , or prolonged standing. Problems that could arise from poor circulations are aching ,swelling, stiffness and fatigue.

Hence graduated compression stocking helps to boost circulation and prevent aching,swelling,stiffness and fatigue in the leg

Next question, what condition compression stocking can be used and what kind or how much graduated pressure stocking can be used. 

At Cambridge physiotherapy, our experienced and highly trained physiotherapist will determine what kind of graduated compression stocking is best for you. 

Graduated compression stocking ( 15-20 mm of Hg)

Fatigued,heavy ,aching legs.

Mild swelling of ankles during pregnancy

Mild ankle Swelling of ankles after long period of standing or sitting

Tired, achy and swollen feet and ankles during travel.

Graduated compression stocking ( 20-30 mm of Hg)

Heavy Fatigued,tired and aching legs after prolonged standing and sitting job

Mild varicosities during pregnancy

Mild edema/varicose vein

Recovery post-surgery for vein procedure

Post surgery swelling in leg due to inactivity

Graduated compression stocking ( 30-40 mm of Hg)

Moderate to severe Varicosities with mild edema during pregnancy

Moderate to mild varicosities

Post fracture edema


Venous ulcer


Graduated compression stocking ( 40-50 mm of Hg)

Severe edema, varicosities or lymphoedema

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