Compression stockings

Ropata Health offer a compression stocking fitting service.

What are compression stockings for?

Compression stockings are specially designed to apply pressure to your lower legs, helping to maintain blood flow and reduce discomfort and swelling. They may be prescribed by your GP if you have a condition that causes poor blood flow in your legs, such as varicose veins (swollen and enlarged veins) or lymphoedema (when your body’s tissues swell up).

When should you wear compression stockings?

  • Tired, aching, throbbing legs
  • Long haul travel
  • Exercising – during and post
  • Varicose eczema
  • Post-surgery
  • Pregnancy
  • Following varicose vein treatment
  • Phlebitis (inflammation in the skin)
  • Ulcers
  • DVT

Wearing compression stockings

Compression stockings come in a variety of sizes, lengths and colours. They’re also available with different strengths of compression.

Your legs will be measured to see what size stockings you need, and your GP or nurse will check they fit properly.

You may need to wear them on both legs, or just on 1.

You should wear your compression stockings during the day and take them off before going to bed. Put them on again first thing in the morning.