Graduated compression socks and stockings act as a layer of muscle by gently squeezing the stretched vein walls together, allowing the valves to close. The cavity of the vein is reduced, thereby restoring blood flow to a normal state and aiding overall circulation.
When using compression hosiery, the compression should be graduated, with the strongest pressure at the ankle and decreasing as it goes up the leg. Graduated hosiery is the most effective in preventing edema or selling, and promoting better blood circulation.
Clinical studies prove that graduated compression stockings are beneficial and should be a mainstay in relieving symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency during pregnancy and the post partum period.