Uldura's Graduated compression socks are Compression stockings (also called graduated compression stockings)and can be used to prevent as well as treat a number of conditions that affect the circulation of blood in your legs.
DVT. This is a blood clot in a deep vein, usually in your leg. If the blood clot breaks loose, it can travel to your lungs and block a blood vessel there (this is known as a pulmonary embolism).
Varicose veins. These are swollen veins that lie under your skin (superficial veins) that look lumpy and dark blue or purple through your skin. They usually affect your legs, particularly your calf and sometimes your thigh, and are caused by damaged valves in your veins.
Venous leg ulcers. These are areas of broken skin usually near your ankle. They are often caused by problems with the valves in your leg veins.
Fluid build-up in your legs (oedema). This can be a result of problems with the veins in your legs, but can also occur during pregnancy or as a result of other medical conditions such as heart failure.
Compression stockings are available in several sizes, lengths and colours. They are also available with different strengths of compression from class I to III. Class I stockings apply the least amount of pressure and class III stockings apply a much higher pressure. Compression stockings may cover your whole foot or they may be open at the toes. Your GP will be able to advise you which type is appropriate for you.
Compression stockings work by putting pressure on the veins in your leg to increase the speed at which blood moves through them. They are called graduated compression stockings because the pressure is greatest at your ankle and reduces further up your leg. When you walk or exercise your legs, compression stockings help the natural pump mechanism of the muscles in your legs. This improves the flow of blood back towards your heart.
How does graduated compression therapy help with the management of venous problems? As a person walks, the contraction and relaxation of the calf muscles around the veins aid in moving blood toward the heart. The external graduated compression of Uldura socks and stockings acts as a layer of muscle by gently squeezing the stretched vein walls together, allowing the valves to close. The cavity of the vein is reduced, thereby restoring blood flow to a normal state and aiding overall circulation.
To be most effective, the socks or stockings should be put on at the start of your day and removed before you go to bed. Some people have an inherited weakness of the vein walls or valves which creates additional challenges to venous return. Wearing Uldura graduated compression socks or stockings is vital for the prevention and treatment of varicose veins and other circulatory problems.