Many occupations in today’s modern world involve long hours of sitting or standing. Such conditions can have great repercussions on the health of your veins and legs. Nurses have a demanding occupation in which they must spend considerable amount of time while standing.
We’ve created this article to explain how compression stockings can help nurses alleviate some of the pain in their legs, reduce swelling and the presence of varicose veins that occurs due to long hours standing.
Your veins are equipped with valves that open to allow blood to flow back toward the heart and close to prevent the blood from flowing backwards. Leg muscles work in conjunction with the veins in order to effectively transport oxygen depleted blood back to the heart.
Long hours standing, and the demands of work for nurses often put added pressure onto the veins and leg muscles. As a result, the valves of the veins may weaken and thus have a reduced capacity to transport the blood back to the heart and lungs. In damaged veins, blood flow slows and may pool in the lower leg. Reduced circulation and the pooling of blood causes legs to swell and feel hot, heavy and tired. Furthermore, a reduction in blood flow increases venous pressure on superficial veins, which causes spider veins and varicose veins. The pressure may cause the veins to enlarge and even twist and become visible bulges under the skin of the legs.
Nurses may experience great fatigue in the legs, achiness, swelling, the presence of varicose veins and pain. A non-invasive, affordable and stylish approach to such conditions is the wearing of compression socks and stockings.
Compression socks and stockings are specially designed garment that help the veins of the lower limb to better perform its function of transporting the blood back to the heart and lungs to be replenished with oxygen. Compression stockings are designed to apply a graduated compression to the lower limb, meaning that it will apply 100% of the indicated compression at the ankle, 60-70% at the calf and 20-30% at the thigh.
Graduated compression stockings can help alleviate some of your pain, swelling and varicose veins. These special compression garments are designed to provide external pressure to help the leg muscles and veins restore normal blood flow velocity as well as reducing the venous pressure in the legs. It is a non-surgical, simple, and effective way to help your legs feel better. You can simply replace your daily socks with compression stockings, which comes in variety of sizes, designs, style and color. In order to gain the maximum benefit from the compression stockings, it is important that you get the right size and fit.