Over 50 million Americans have jobs where they have a required time in a standing position. There are also those, who spend most of their time at work in a sitting position. Due to these jobs and its vigorous tasks, numbers of people develop various health conditions. Some of them include: poor circulation, swelling in the feet and legs, foot problems, joint damage, heart and circulatory problems, possible pregnancy difficulties, and of course varicose veins (aka. spider veins). Although you may find yourself saying the same thing over and over again, “well I do not have a choice, but to work” there are definitely preventative things you can do to remedy your situation.

Here, at Colonial Medical Supplies, we have a variety of medical equipment that has helped our customers achieve a satisfactory level of comfort during their work day. There is a large selection of foot products: metatarsal cushions, toe protectors, arch bands and much more. We also have a brilliant product called compression stockings. Being around for decades, compression stockings are known by many different names. They are called support hose, anti- embolism socks, diabetic socks, but the majority of the time they all point to the same thing, which is compression. Compression stockings are specialized hosiery items designed to increase and promote blood circulation. Their main therapeutic purpose is to provide graduated pressure on the lower leg and foot and in some cases, the thigh, to alleviate circulatory problems. These stockings use stronger elastics to create a significant pressure on the legs, ankles and feet. They are the tightest at the ankles, and gradually become less constrictive towards the knees and thighs. By compressing the surface veins, arteries and muscles, the circulating blood is forced through narrower circulatory channels. As a result, the pressure in the arteries is increased which causes more blood flow to return to the heart and less blood to pool in the feet.

There are two types of compression stockings in the market right now. Anti-embolism stockings are known as T.E.D. and are worn when non-ambulatory or post-surgical scenarios are present. They help prevent pooling of blood in the legs that could lead to a venous thrombosis. The word T.E.D is often confused with compression, because of what customers experience when they have either been released from the hospital or after surgery treatments. The most important thing to understand is that if you are ambulatory, in other words can walk, this stocking is not for you. Another type is gradient compression stockings, which are worn by those, who are ambulatory. In most cases they assist the calf muscles to perform their pumping action more efficiently to return blood to the heart.

Bottom lines is, if you find yourself looking in the mirror and start noticing those frightening looking spiders crawling up your calves and thighs, please take a minute to think that Colonial Medical Supplies will have the solution to your problem.

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