Compression Stockings in Downtown Toronto

About Compression Socks & Legwear

During this challenging time our clinic and staff have taken extra steps to ensure our clients can continue to enjoy the benefits of compression socks and stockings by providing safe in-person fittings or contactless initial fittings and renewals by telehealth, virtual, email and phone consultations. We offer quick and safe pick up or free shipping on qualified orders. Filling your compression sock and stocking order has never been easier.  Whether you are interested in compression socks for the first time or are looking for a new or replacement pair, or renewal of a prescription order, we have professional fitters ready to help fit you with some of the best compression socks in Toronto including Sigvaris, Juzo, Achi, Medi, Jobst and CEP.

Compression socks, stockings and legwear provide an effective, practical, and yes, fashionable solution for the management of a wide range of leg symptoms. Compression stockings are designed for all levels of need from low compression (8 – 12 mmHg) using skin friendly material for management of diabetes, mild compression (10-20 mmHg) otherwise know as over-the-counter or OTC for those interested in prevention and promoting good leg health and moderate to high compression (20-30 mmHg or higher), referred to as Medical Compression, for people looking for solutions to reducing symptoms from mild to severe venous conditions.

Compression stockings are designed to improve blood flow, prevent swelling, increase comfort, and relieve tired and achy legs from long hours standing or sitting. Compression socks help manage moderate to severe varicose veins and edema and prevent and manage other complications from poor circulation.

At the Dundas University Health Clinic, we understand the needs of our clients and patients and have sourced a wide selection of the best brands and styles to make wearing compression an expression of wellness, fashion, function, and style.

A medical prescription is recommended for compression socks and stockings with compression levels of 20 mmHg and higher and is required for reimbursement from most extended health care insurance providers.

JuzoJobstLunatik athleticsMedi (Mediven)CEP compression, and Sigvaris brand stockings are professionally fitted and dispensed on-site by a trained and registered compression stocking fitter. Appointments are recommended.

Frequently Asked Questions About Compression Socks

Compression socks are specially designed and engineered to apply graduated pressure to your legs helping to promote and maintain healthy blood flow and reduce swelling and discomfort. Not only are they used for the promotion of healthy legs, but compression socks are often prescribed by your doctor to treat conditions caused by poor blood flow.

There are three types of compression socks: non-medical supportive stockings, graduated medical compression stockings and Anti-embolism stockings.
Length, fit, and compression level, measured in millimeters of mercury (the same scale used to measure your blood pressure), provide for a large range of compression socks and styles available. Some lower compression level socks (less than 20 mmHg) are available to purchase over the counter without the need for assistance, while higher level compression socks (20 mmHg and higher) with targeted treatment goals in mind, are best fitted by an experienced registered fitter and are available by prescription from Dundas University Health Clinic. Compression socks typically come in three lengths: Knee-high, thigh-high and pantyhose with some variations including full compression tights, performance sleeves and medical wraps. Custom-fit medical compression socks and stockings are also available.

Compression socks increase blood flow in the legs, can reduce swelling, prevent venous complications from prolonged standing or sitting, and may even enhance recovery following athletic activity.

If you are wearing compression socks for the first time, listen to your body. If you feel the need to take a break from the compression, take the socks off and slowly increase the time you wear them each day. To benefit the most from compression socks, consider wearing them all day, if it is practical, and remove them before you go to bed. Like a healthy habit, the more often you stick to a daily routine the more health benefit you should expect to receive.

Wearing compression socks for short periods while lying down (taking a nap) may not cause any harm. Compression socks are designed to counter the forces of gravity on blood flow in your legs during daily activity. While lying down, gravity is not at work on your legs in the same way as being up and active. If you wear compression socks all day long or while you are up and active, you are giving your legs the support they need. The health of your skin is important too. Remove your socks before bed and if your skin is dry, massage in some lotion and let your skin relax overnight.

By applying gentle pressure to your ankles and calves, compression socks help your veins function better and this, in turn, helps improve blood flow back to your heart.

If you are uncertain about the level of compression that is right for you, consult your doctor and schedule a fitting appointment with an experienced registered fitter. In general, the severity of your symptoms, your specific measurements (foot size, ankle, calf, thigh circumferences and leg length), and your treatment goals help determine the compression level that you need. If you have few symptoms and want to benefit from preventative use, 15-20 mmHg is a good place to start. Higher compression levels (20-30mmHg), most often prescribed by your doctor, provide targeted treatment for more bothersome symptoms.

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