Doctors use compression to treat various conditions, including foot
swelling, mild edema, varicose veins, thrombosis, varicosities of
varying severities, and circulation problems from diabetes. Geriatric
patients, those with diabetes, lymphedema and post-surgery patients often
depend on compression therapy.
Compression garments, such as socks, stockings and wraps, deliver
support and increased circulation to affected limbs and other areas of the
body. Compression is graded in millimeters of mercury and can range from
15-50 mmHg; the higher the compression, the tighter the garment.
Lighter compression products start out at 15-20 mmHg, which are for
tired, achy legs, mild edema, varicose veins and foot swelling. This level of
pressure can also help to prevent vein thrombosis. Higher levels of pressure
such as 20-30 mmHg is for severe varicosities, for open face ulcers,
moderate edema and post surgery. For people who have ulcers, lymphatic
edema and varicosities, they typically need 30-40 mmHg.
HME providers often face fitting and non-compliance issues when it
comes to patients. Compression garments are very tight, and for some
patients, this can cause problems that lead to non-compliance. The
garments also can be difficult to take on and off, and many patients have
reach or strength issues.
Still, compression products are a key offering for HME providers looking
to drive increased retail revenue, because it is a category not typically
covered by Medicare, except in a few cases, such as lymphedema patients.
Here are some of the latest offerings on the market:
Juzo Naturally Sheer
Numerous Color Options and Styles
- Fashion stockings designed to help
manage venous disease and serious
conditions such as deep vein thrombosis.
- Compression levels include 15-20, 20-30
and 30-40 mmHg.
- Available in colors vanilla, beige, black,
cinnamon and chocolate and five sizes, in
regular and short lengths. Styles include
knee high, thigh high, pantyhose, open
toe and full foot.
Soft Opaque Hosiery Line
Women's hosiery helps prevent varicose veins
SIGVARIS’ Soft Opaque Hosiery Line,
available in a 30-40mmHg compression
level, is designed for women who
need a stronger compression level
due to having a recent vein procedure
or as a treatment for chronic
venous disorders. The hosiery features
graduated compression, which helps
improve circulation and aids in the
prevention of varicose and spider
veins. It is available in knee-highs,
thigh-highs and pantyhose and in
midnight blue, espresso, graphite,
black and nude. The pantyhose style
may be worn as tights or leggings.
Bilt-Rite / Mastex
Compression Stockings and Diabetic Socks
- Stocking styles range from knee high
to thigh high, open and closed toe, in
a variety of compressions and colors
including nude, beige, black and white.
- Trouser socks also are offered in various
styles with colors that include navy, black,
khaki and beige.
- Diabetic socks are made from high-tech
fibers that keep moisture away from the
skin and reduce bacterial growth. They
are available in white or black, and are
offered both with and without lightweight
Core-Spun by Therafirm
- Made with core-spun yarns for a
patented, true gradient compression sock
that is ultra stretchy, easier to put on and
more comfortable to wear.
- Moisture wicking fibers create a superior
wicking effect so moisture evaporates
from the skin quickly, therefore providing
a comfortable coolness.
- Available in Light 10-15mmHg, Mild
15-20mmHg, Moderate 20-30mmHg, and
Firm 30-40mmHg support levels.
Below the Knee
- Complete line of below the knee medical
- Combines innovative materials and technology
with attractive styles for both men
- Features include a seamless toe design,
easy on/off system and simple colorcoded
packaging for proper compression
Lympha Press USA
- A pneumatic compression therapy system
specially designed for ease of use by
larger patients (350-700+ lbs.) with limited
- Conforms to a wide variety of sizes and
shapes and treats the entire lower body,
including legs, hips and abdomen.
- Can be used with Lympha Press Optimal,
an advanced calibrated gradient
compression therapy system (Medicare
GF Health Products
Criss Cross Back Support
Back support provides custom fit
GF Health Products’ Criss Cross Back Support
features compression straps that provide a
custom fit and extra support. The side panels
adjust to fit shape and reinforce support. The
lightweight support is constructed of soft
elastic and offers easy touch closure. It is washable
and available in black or white.
Business Casual Sock
Improves Blood Flow
- Features graduated compression therapy
to help businessmen reduce the risk deep
vein thrombosis (DVT), which often leads
to pulmonary embolism.
- Socks increase pressure where veins are
the weakest to improve blood flow and
one’s overall health.
- Available in a striped pattern with color
options of navy, brown and black.
Knee-high compression stockings provide all-day comfort
SIGVARIS’ Jewel, a graduated compression knee-high
dress stocking, features a chic diamond pattern that
is ideal for any office or dress wear. The stockings
are available in dark navy, mocha and black. Jewel is
available in 15-20 mmHg graduated compression and
combines all-day comfort with durability. This product
is easy to don and feels incredibly soft against the
skin – thanks to special double-covered inlay yarns.
Opaque compression hosiery uses no chemical additives
SIGVARIS’ Soft Opaque medical compression
hosiery option because was created without the
use of any chemical additives. The stockings are
available in knee-highs, thigh-highs and pantyhose.
The pantyhose style may be worn as tights
or leggings, to help mask any problem areas that
women do not want others to see. The entire line
is available in midnight blue, espresso, graphite
and black. The company’s medical compression
hosiery is recommended for both surgical and
non-surgical treatment of venous disorders.