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:
Thigh-High Style Compression
These graduated compression thigh highs offer 20 to 30 mmHg compression and are recommended for the treatment of varicose veins and other venous insufficiencies and blood circulation problems. The thigh highs have a lace top with three rows of silicone. Graduated compression provides firmer support at the foot and ankle and gradually decreases up along the leg to the knee and thigh. It acts as a second heart - increasing blood circulation and preventing general body fatigue.
Firm Compression Stockings
Compression Stockings 25-30 mmHg are made from soft Microfiber and two styles,
Knee Highs H-304 with closed toe or H-304 (O) with open toe and Thigh Highs
H-306 with closed toe or H-306 (O) with open toe. The stockings provide strong
compression at the foot and ankle that gradually decreases up the legs to the
knees and thighs. This construction helps keep blood pumping and circulating. (888) 948-2633
Pattern Support Socks
Pattern Support Socks provide relief for women who are on their feet all day. The
sock has medium weight for comfort, therapeutic compression and style. The sock
features a fashionable option for women with a diamond pattern design and is
made from a cotton-fiber blend that allows them to be comfortable to wear in
all seasons. The socks help to maintain proper blood circulation in the legs.
The diabetic-friendly Silver Sole, made with X-Static, the silver fiber, provides antimicrobial protection and reduces foot odors. A pillowed sole protects against blisters and callous buildup. The product helps increase circulation with mild compression in the foot and ankle.(800) 222-4999
FLA Orthopedics/BSN Medical
FLA Orthopedics Inc.
FLA Orthopedics'Activa® graduated compression hosiery provides long-lasting support with a soft sheerness. The moderate 20 to 30 mmHg compression relieves tired, aching legs; foot and ankle swelling; and the discomfort associated with varicose veins. Moderate graduated compression, recommended following vein surgery or sclerotherapy, improves circulation and reduces swelling. A choice of three nude shades to complement a variety of skin tones is available. (800) 327-4110
ACE® GOLD Support Hosiery
- Helps improve circulation, prevent leg fatigue
- Attractive retail display case available
- Available in multiple compression grades and colors
- Competitive pricing available through GEMCO Medical
Aetrex Worldwide Inc.
Aetrex Copper Socks are made with copper sole technology and eliminate 99.9 percent of bacteria and fungi to control odor. The socks rejuvenate the skin and improve texture and appearance. In addition, the socks wick away moisture to keep feet healthy, cool and dry. All Aetrex copper socks are made with Cupron™ yarn. The line includes athletic, non-binding, dress/casual and compression support styles. (800) 526-2739
High Waist Abdominal Support Girdle or Body Shaping Girdle
ITA-MED’s High Waist Abdominal Support Girdle or Body Shaping Girdle, model ASG-974, provide comfortable abdominal and back support. The high-waist design combined with reinforced front and back provides a body shaping effect and helps slim down figures by one or two sizes. (888) 948-2633
Knee and thigh lengths
The Bell-Horn Zippy™ anti-embolism stockings are available in knee- and thigh-length sizes. The stockings’ flexibility allows for precision performance for both standard and difficult-to-fit users with disproportionate leg dimensions. The two-way stretch fabric ensures that the stockings remain in place, even during ambulation.
Versatile 1 Wound Vacuum System
This wound vacuum system promotes healing, drainage and is appropriate for any suction application, from gastric suction to endoscopic use. The device applies a local negative pressure on the wound with a piston operation that is assisted by a suction regulator.760-603-8130