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Chiropody Demystified: Compression Stockings

Updated: Feb 23, 2022

What are compression stockings?

Compression stockings are socks that gently squeeze your legs to promote better blood circulation, which reduces pain and swelling in the legs and helps to prevent circulation issues such as blood clots.

How do they work?

Your calf muscles, along with the valves of the veins in your calves, function as a “second heart” by pumping blood back to your heart. If blood is retained in the legs, issues such as pain, swelling, and vessel damage can occur. By applying external pressure, compression stockings encourage efficient blood circulation, which prevents blood from pooling in your legs and clots from forming. In other words, compression stockings aid in the efficient operation of your "second heart."

Who benefits from compression stockings [1,2]?

Almost anyone can benefit from compression stockings:

  • If you are on your feet for long periods

  • If you sit for long periods due to factors such as the nature of your job, long flights and commutes, or you have difficulties moving your legs and feet

  • Athletes

  • People who are recovering from surgery

  • Pregnant women

  • People with diabetes

  • Spider veins

  • Varicose veins

  • Venous edema

  • Deep vein thrombosis

Some indications that you may benefit from compression stockings [2]:

  • Numbness or tingling in extremities

  • Your skin changes colour

  • Cold feet

  • Infections and sores that do not heal in a timely manner

  • Dull cramping in calves

  • Swelling of legs

Qureshy Footcare Clinic and Compression Stockings

The Chiropodist at Qureshy Footcare clinic wanted to ensure that her patients received high-quality compression stockings that could accommodate any lifestyle. That is why we have partnered with Sigvaris, the worldwide leader in compression therapy. Sigvaris’ compression stockings come in a variety of materials, styles, and compression levels. For instance, the Motion collection has moisture wicking and thermoregulating yarn that are ideal for people who lead an active lifestyle. Sigvaris’ Style collection offers more of a luxurious feel with modern patterns that are perfect for special occasions and formal wear.

If you are interested in getting compression stockings, be sure to book an appointment via phone at (905)723-3668, via email at, or via our website at

Author: Fatima Bah



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