Simply put, Sigvaris brand medical compression socks are just that – they are a top-of-the-line, medical-grade, quality product. Sigvaris is a Swiss company and the global market leader in the manufacture of medical compression garments. This trusted company celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2014, with an impressive track record, servicing clients from around the world, including orthopaedic and medical specialist stores, health clinics, pharmacies, doctors and even hospitals. Yes, there are certainly other brands and other products out there that claim to be compression wear, but Sigvaris is the only brand that we carry due to their proven levels of medical-grade, graduated compression. In addition, Sigvaris requires practitioners to be specially trained and certified in order to provide patients with custom compression wear.
When fitting compression socks, having the correct size, product, and fit is absolutely essential, so having a practitioner certified in compression wear fitting is extremely important. At Lawrence Park Health Clinic in North Toronto, we believe in providing our patients with the best possible care, so we only carry the best products that we know and can vouch for.
The concept of compression therapy is based on a very simple and efficient mechanical principle: the application of a compressive elastic garment around the leg, or body part being treated.
With Sigvaris graduated compression socks and stockings, the limb is compressed with graduated compression – this means that the compression is strongest at the ankle and decreases as it goes up the leg. The compression stocking helps the venous return, decreases venous pressure, prevents venous stasis, reduces edema, deterioration of venous walls, and efficiently relieves aching and heavy legs by helping the body in moving blood up the leg against the pull of gravity.
As you walk, the contraction and relaxation of your calf muscles creates a pumping action around your veins which helps in returning blood toward your heart and fluid to your lymphatic drainage system. When dysfunction occurs (typically from either an acute injury and or chronic problem with your veins), the walls of your veins can get stretched out and the valves that ensure one-way blood flow in your veins are unable to function properly – often we see this show up as swelling in the lower extremities, varicose / spider veins and in case left untreated, skin changes including discolouration and ulcers.
The external graduated compression of SIGVARIS compression socks and stockings acts as an extra layer of muscle by gently squeezing the stretched vein walls together, supporting your legs and venous structures, which allows your valves to close properly. This helps to restore normal blood flow, promote healthy veins and aids with overall circulation.
To be most effective, your compression socks or stockings should be put on first thing in the morning and removed before you go to bed in the evening. Wearing compression socks ins’t only important in the TREATMENT of venous disease and circulatory problems, but it is also vital for the PREVENTION of these issues. Ask us for more info today!
NO! We are happy (and relieved!) to let you know that medical compression socks and stockings have come a long way over the past years – these are not your typical “Granny” socks! SIGVARIS brand compression leg wear offers many different styles and colours of socks and stockings, including: men’s and women’s trouser socks, stylish dress hosiery for women, merino wool casual wear, plain cotton socks, wool hiking socks, anti-microbial sport socks and running calf sleeves, and many many more!
YES! Most medical insurance plans cover 2 pairs of medically-prescribed compression socks and/or stockings every 6 – 12 months, depending on your plan. At Lawrence Park Health Clinic, we offer 20-30 mmHg compression level (and up!) Sigvaris brand compression stockings and socks, which qualify for insurance coverage. For individuals wanting every day wear, or requiring less compression, we also offer well-being socks (15-20 mmHg) with less compression.