Healthy blood circulation is necessary to help prevent serious medical complications. You may have heard of compression socks, but how does a special type of sock really work for your benefit, and what if you can’t use compression socks? Let’s learn more about compression sock alternatives.
Compression socks can be used a variety of ways to support good health such as enhancing blood flow, limiting swelling of your lower extremities, reducing leg muscle cramps throughout the day and even something as serious as protecting against Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) . You might be wondering where to begin with selecting a compression sock that is just right for you and we are here to ease the transition!
Compression socks can come in a plethora of sizes, strengths, patterns and colors. Typically, compression supports are made from elastic material that apply pressure to your legs to allow better blood circulation in your legs and prevent aches or swelling. The boost in blood flow can prevent the feeling of heavy legs and makes it harder for blood to form clots. Although, inelastic compression supports can provide care for blood clot prevention and reduce swelling in the legs as well.
Inelastic compression garments can be an excellent choice for people who have trouble bending over, experience osteoarthritis, or have a limited grip strength when placing compression socks on. The unique design of inelastic compression utilizes Velcro to apply a firm, consistent pressure to a specific area to foster blood circulation. This style of compression is often described as short-stretch bandages. Inelastic support compression can be customized to meet your medical needs, there’s no stretch reduction after consistent use, and there are wearable wraps around your limbs. They may not be as “pretty” as some of the stylish compression socks, but they’ll keep your legs healthy!
The common factors that can influence your selection are style, the pressure gradient, and cost, but sometimes the ease of use outweighs these factors. The best alternative to compression socks are the compression wraps. One of the first compression sock alternatives to hit the market was Juxalite (Medi). This compression device includes a compression foot sleeve, leg sleeve (with no compression) and an adjustable inelastic compression wrap. This device does require initial body measurements and education before being fitted properly . The patient would need to learn to use the measuring device so that they can get the proper fit while at home.
Another option is the Farrowrap from Jobst. The FarrowWrap can adjust the variation of compression similar to Juxalite, but there is not separate measuring piece – so pieces to lose! This compression technology can change with the leg to enhance comfortable resting and effective compression through a wrap. This makes FarrowWrap a great alternative to elastic compression socks that require strenuous pulling. However, it is not as effective as short stretch compression bandages and only works if a person is able to reach his ankles.
Sigvaris’s CompreFlex Lite is yet another version of compression wrap. In our opinion, it is the easiest compression wraps to use and includes 2 pieces (leg/foot wrap and compression garment). The packaging comes with 2 leg/foot socks/sleeves which is nice when one needs to be washed, you can still wear one. It comes with a sleeve on the compression garment that conforms to your calf and it stays in place when putting it on which makes it so much easier getting them on, which in turn, improves patient compliance. In addition, the measuring strips can be ae garment via Velcro and can be trimmed so that it’s easier to see where you need to pull the strips.
However, the compression wraps are more expensive than compression socks. You might pay twice as much for a single pair in comparison to compression socks. It also takes a little more effort to get to the compression your physician prescribes because of the Velcro straps and the additional pieces you need to work with. The Compounding Center staff is always happy to work with each patient to ensure they fully understand how to use these alternatives and are comfortable getting them on at the correct compression.We are currently the only supplier in the area with the wraps in stock – no waiting so you can feel better and have a clear peace of mind.