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What are Compression Socks, Stockings & Wear?

They offer a wide range of benefits from decreasing fatigue and swelling, to improving blood flow and post-workout recovery. Before prescribing the compression equipment, our specialists at HealthyToDos conduct a thorough health history and examination to ensure you get the perfect fit!

How Does it Help?

With many different types and styles, they help alleviate swelling by exerting pressure on the troubled area to increase blood flow. Having better blood circulation lowers the risk of forming blood clots that promote inflammation and swelling. They can also enhance blood flow to the brain and reduce dizziness. 

What are Signs you Need Compression Wear?

  • If you have visible swollen areas, especially on your feet
  • If you experience dizziness when getting up 
  • People who stand all day
  • People who are often on the airplane
  • Athletes
  • Pregnant women

If you have any of these symptoms, it is recommended that you visit your healthcare provider so they can professionally assess your condition and dictate whether compression wear would benefit you. 

How Do I Pick the Right Compression Wear?

Our Certified Medical Compression Fitter will help you in finding the perfect fit for your condition through a thorough assessment, but here are some things you may want to keep in mind:

Compression Level:

  • Low Compression: They provide pressure less than 20mmHg and are used for mild swelling or pain
  • Medium Compression: They supply pressure between 20-30mmHg and are for more serious blood clots or varicose veins
  • Moderate to High Compression: They produce tightness between 30-40mmHg and are perfect for people with severe pain or swelling
  • Firm Compression: Typically the highest level of compression between 40-50mmHg. They are used by people who experience severe blood clots


OurCertified Medical Compression Fitter will help you when it comes to measurements, but this is a key factor that influences how comfortable it will feel. 

How Often Should I Wear Them?

When you first get your compression wear, it is recommended that you start off slow and gradually wear them more often. Depending on your condition, your healthcare provider will give you instructions, tailored to your health. However, if you feel excruciating pain, or see any abnormal discolouration, you should tell your doctor immediately.

Do I Need a Referral to Get Compression Wear?
In Ontario, you need a prescription by a Medical Doctor, Nurse Practitioner or Chiropodist to get customized compression wear in order to claim insurance. However, please check with your insurance provider to see if there are certain criterias that you must meet to be eligible for a claim. 

If you have any questions and wish to explore options for compression wear or wish to speak with a Medical Compression Fitter in the Markham or GTA area, you can book a discovery call with Dr. David Tam to see which compression product is right for you.


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