Blog In Less Than 30 Seconds:
- It’s easy to take some of our modern-day tools, gadgets, garments for granted in this day and age!
- Nevertheless, it’s important to think about some of the various inventions and advancements modern medicine has provided people with various ailments, conditions, or traumas.
- In this blog, the team at Palm Vein Center in Surprise and Laveen, Arizona, shares the brief history of compression stockings.
Compression stockings are a specially designed garment that helps prevent the development and progression of certain vein diseases such as varicose veins, phlebitis, and deep vein thrombosis. This unique hosiery is typically worn around the ankles, calves, and thighs to manage blood flow and relieve venous pressure. To some degree, the origin of compression stockings can be traced back to ancient civilizations in Rome and Egypt, where many people used similar leg garments to bind and treat injuries.
Regardless, the actual invention of compression stockings for venous disease wouldn’t come for another thousand or so years. In fact, the earliest reference of compression stockings for health purposes was before the Second World War. According to various reports, companies such as Jobst, Juzo, and Mediven developed compression stockings in Europe for men and women with venous problems. It wasn’t until the early 1950s when Americans began wearing these stockings for their health too!
Fast-forward to the 1980s, gradient compression stockings were invented after various studies found they were capable of reducing blood lactate values in muscles that just experienced intense exercise. Studies during the early 2000s found compression stockings of a certain level, such as 8-15 mmHg and 15-20 mmHg, were effective in improving symptoms of leg discomfort, swelling, fatigue, and achiness from varicose veins. In 2008, compression stockings with levels between 15 and 20 mmHg were also found to prevent edema and deep vein thrombosis.
Although fascinating, compression stockings continue to advance in their appearance and function. If you’re suffering from a venous disease like varicose veins or edema, call Palm Vein Center today! The vein specialists at Palm Vein Center will recommend the right compression stockings for our symptoms, as well as possible treatment options for your venous disease. Don’t wait any longer; call the leading vein care facility in the West Valley today!
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.
For more information on vein diseases and the treatments provided by the specialists at Palm Vein Center or to make an appointment, call 623-201-4777. We look forward to meeting you!