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FAQ

Compression Garments: Socks/Stockings:

How do I care for my garments?

Application:

  • Use Venosan® donning & doffing gloves or rubber kitchen gloves.
  • Use body lotion, ointments or creams at night.
  • Slide stocking over foot. Make sure the heel of the stocking is positioned correctly.
  • AD - below knee Gently but firmly pull up to just below the knee and do not overstretch.
  • AGH – thigh high Gently but firmly pull up to mid-thigh. Release pressure from mid thigh to upper thigh. Place without stretching on upper thigh to prevent the garment slipping down.
  • AGG – one leg with belt (Chaps style garment). Don in the same way as the thigh high garment, but to the groin. Make sure the stocking is right to the groin – thus preventing a tourniquet effect. You may need to put the belt across your chest to the shoulder and attach to back belt at the shoulders. This helps to prevent the garment slipping down.
  • Smooth out any wrinkles with gloves.

 

All of our garments come with washing instructions on the package.

  • Hand wash is recommended.
  • Can machine wash in net bag.
  • Water temperature up to 40ºC.
  • Use mild washing detergent
  • Do not use fabric softener or bleach.
  • Do not tumble dry.
  • Silicon band to be washed daily.
  • Do not dry clean or iron.

 

Loose threads in a compression garment are necessary to allow for:

  • Compression garments are often stretched considerably when pulled over a leg.
  • Loose threads allow for this to happen without damage to the stocking.
  • They also have a tolerance for circumferential sizing and again loose threads allow the garments to stretch accordingly.

We do recommend that patients don’t cut these threads, as this could result in runs.

Venosan® garments do carry a warranty on manufacturing faults and unfortunately when threads are cut off too short by clients, it might not be considered a manufacturing fault.

 

Am I able to claim my compression garments from my health insurance fund?

Please check with your health fund.

Most health funds pay a proportion depending on your cover and if your garment is over $100, and again depending on your cover, HBF will pay a bigger percentage.

 

How do they work?

Application of compression helps the vein to empty and assists the blood to return to the heart.

Medical compression socks and stockings work like a sleeve, gently squeezing the leg from the outside.

Compression stockings work by applying firm, continuous graduated pressure to the veins and muscles in the leg.

 

Why do I need to wear compression stockings?

Compression stocking therapy focuses on health problems associated with poor circulation due to either weak vein walls or vein blockages.

Compression stockings are a non-invasive treatment method.
They can help relieve pain and swelling (oedema), improve mobility, and restore lost energy associated with venous disorders.

They offer graduated compression and effective support with excellent prophylactic action.

Venosan® support stockings and socks are recommended for:

Travel

Will assist in reducing ankle swelling due to sitting for extended time periods.

Socks/stockings should be worn before the actual travel day to ensure a comfortable fit.

If travelling by plane, you need to wear them for at least 24 to 48hrs after landing.

You don’t necessarily need to wear them to bed but put them on whilst walking around.
Work
Shown to relieve tired, aching legs, heaviness and overall fatigue due to long periods of standing. The use of support socks/stockings can combat the strain on the venous system and reduce the risk of future vein disorders.

Pregnancy

To reduce fluid pooling in the lower extremities and the onset of varicose veins due to increased blood volume and pressure on the pelvic veins, caused by the growing foetus.
Up to 30% of women develop visible varicose veins during their pregnancy.                 

Sport

Assists in reducing muscle soreness and muscle damage, can also aid with faster recovery.

 

When to take the measurements

Measure first thing in the morning before moving around too much - measurements should be taken when the leg is not swollen.
Standing position - take measurements in a standing position if possible.

Well-fitting compression socks or stockings are the key to successful treatment and comfort.

 
If the garment is too tight, it will be uncomfortable and the likelihood of wearing the stockings all day is slim.

If the garment is too big, you will spend all day pulling it up.

Incorrect sizing will cause discomfort result in poor compliance

 

Compression Garment Indication Guide:
Class I             18-21 mmHg Mild compression

  • Moderate varicose veins, moderate swelling
  • Varicose veins during pregnancy
  • Leg swelling following surgery
  • Following sclerotherapy (vein injections)

Class II           23-32 mmHg   Moderate compression

  • Chronic venous insufficiency, Deep vein thrombosis
  • Post-thrombotic syndrome, Severe varicose veins
  • Severe oedema, Venous ulcer
  • Lymphoedema, Orthostatic hypotension

Class III          34-46 mmHg   High compression       (Supplied on prescription only)

  • Used for severe cases of Lymphoedema or Lipoedema
  • For chronic venous insufficiency (weakness)
  • Pronounced oedema, Atrophie blanche
  • Dermatosclerosis, and after resolution of severe leg ulcers     

 

Contraindications:

  • Severe arterial blood flow disorder
    Diabetes
  • Severe neuropathological disorder
  • Weeping ulcers

 “If concerned, please contact your doctor or therapist”

 

Can I wear TED stockings instead?

Anti-embolism stockings are commonly prescribed for patients who are confined to bed for a period of time and are typically made for short-term hospitalisation.

If you have a mild to severe varicose vein and you are not a pre or post-surgery patient lying down in bed, you should wear graduated compression stockings.

 

When travelling should I wear travel socks?

Travelling any distance where a person is immobile for extended periods, can be a precursor to the development of a DVT as blood circulation slows down, and increases the risk of clotting which may cause thrombosis. Aircraft travel can exacerbate this risk due to atmospheric pressures but other long distance travel can also cause a DVT to develop. This risk is also of concern for people with healthy veins.

 

A compression garment should be donned prior to going to the Airport and should be worn 24-48 hours after landing. They can be taken off to go to bed but should be worn again the following day.

 

100% Quality guarantee
Your Venosan® stocking were carefully checked before they left the factory.
If any fault in the knit should appear within six months, despite your having looked after them properly, we will replace the stockings free of charge. Please return the faulty Venosan® stocking to the dealer you bought them from, with the receipt.

 

 

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