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What do compression stockings do?

Compression stockings are specialized hosiery that applies graduated pressure ( high pressure around the ankle and then gradually decreasing as the socks/stockings move towards knee/thigh). The pressure these stockings put on your legs helps your blood vessels work better. The veins get a boost pushing blood back to your heart. This prevents swelling in feet and ankle area, prevents and treat spider and varicose vein. Because the blood keeps moving, it’s harder for it to pool in your veins and make a clot.

 

What are different types of compression stockings?

The compression stockings are classified mainly based on the pressure they exert measured in mm of Mercury ( Hg). There are different grades of compression stockings. Broadly classified as :

1. Non-Prescription grade Compression Stockings
The pressure is 10-15 mm Hg and 15-20 mm Hg

2. Prescription Grade Compression Stockings
The pressure range is 20-30 mm Hg and above.

 

Is it right for me?

Not everyone will benefit from the compression stockings. See if any of the below applies to you.

  • Do you have varicose veins, spider veins?
  • Do you get swelling in your feet or around the ankle area?
  • Do you sit or stand for a long period of time?
  • Do you have tired or achy feet?

If any of the above applies to you, you may benefit from compression stockings. Pls fill out the form or call to speak to our pharmacist and he may need to ask you some more questions before making a recommendation.

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    What is the procedure for getting compression stockings?

    For the prescription-grade compression stockings, i.e 20mm-30 mm Hg mercury pressure stockings, you will need a prescription from your doctor.

    For non-prescription grade stockings, our pharmacist can provide you appropriate recommendations and you get it as OTC without the need for any prescription.

     

    Is it covered under Insurance?

    Much private insurance will cover prescription-grade compression stockings. You will need to check your benefit booklet to see if it is covered or you can call your insurance company.

     

    Why consider Allwell Pharmacy?

    Compression stockings are not a drug but specialized hosiery. So quality standards are not as established as drugs. Our Pharmacists review all the data and choose the best products that check all the quality boxes.

    Secondly, for prescription-grade stockings, taking measurements is the key to getting the full benefit of stockings. Our staff have taken the training and are certified Sigvaris fitters.

    Thirdly, due to our expertise and serving a lot of clients we are aware of what is required to submit the claim to the insurance company. This ensures that there is no back and forth and the invoice is cleared without any delay. If the insurance company has any questions, our competent staff and Pharmacist are always there to answer any query and ensure that the claim gets passed smoothly.

     

    What next?

    Contact our Pharmacist by filling out the form or calling us. We will guide you through the next steps.

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