Will compression stockings cut off my circulation?

It seems like tight clothes wouldn't benefit circulation.

ANSWERS FROM DOCTORS (9)


Answered by Vascular Institute of Chattanooga

This is a great question! First of all, doctors often use compression stockings to counteract the high venous pressure in patients who have painful varicosities. This is appropriate as long as the patient has normal artery circulation. This can be calculated by a simple test called ABI, which is a non-invasive ultrasound test. Also, patients with a diagnosis of PAD, diabetes, or patients with poorly healing sores of the toes and foot should be evaluated for artery problems before we treat the vein problems with compression.

Published on Oct 05, 2018

Answered by Vascular Institute of Chattanooga (View Profile)

This is a great question! First of all, doctors often use compression stockings to counteract the high venous pressure in patients who have painful varicosities. This is appropriate as long as the patient has normal artery circulation. This can be calculated by a simple test called ABI, which is a non-invasive ultrasound test. Also, patients with a diagnosis of PAD, diabetes, or patients with poorly healing sores of the toes and foot should be evaluated for artery problems before we treat the vein problems with compression.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

Compression stockings work by decreasing venous pressure and increasing venous return. They should not cut off the circulation. However, if they do not fit properly or are not worn properly, they will be uncomfortable and not do the job. Constricting garments can certainly restrict the venous return.

Published on Sep 03, 2010

Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center (View Profile)

Compression stockings work by decreasing venous pressure and increasing venous return. They should not cut off the circulation. However, if they do not fit properly or are not worn properly, they will be uncomfortable and not do the job. Constricting garments can certainly restrict the venous return.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Miller Vein

Compression stockings are specially designed to direct blood upwards in your veins. It is important to be fitted for the appropriate size.

Published on Feb 11, 2010

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Answered by Miller Vein

Compression stockings are specially designed to direct blood upwards in your veins. It is important to be fitted for the appropriate size.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Innovative Vein

Compression stocking, when fitted properly, should be comfortable and not cut off blood flow.? The point of wearing stocking is to apply enough pressure to our superficial veins that are supposed to be moving blood back up to our heart.? When veins are broken the blood pools in these veins.? The stocking help prevent that, thereby making legs feel better.

Published on Feb 11, 2010

Answered by Innovative Vein (View Profile)

Compression stocking, when fitted properly, should be comfortable and not cut off blood flow.? The point of wearing stocking is to apply enough pressure to our superficial veins that are supposed to be moving blood back up to our heart.? When veins are broken the blood pools in these veins.? The stocking help prevent that, thereby making legs feel better.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Heart and Vein Center

Compression stockings will not cut the circulation. They will compress the superficial veins (diseased ones)?and "redirect" the blood flow into the deep veins.

Published on Feb 10, 2010

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Answered by Heart and Vein Center

Compression stockings will not cut the circulation. They will compress the superficial veins (diseased ones)?and "redirect" the blood flow into the deep veins.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Bella MD Laser Vein and Aesthetic Center

A medical grade compression stocking properly fit improves venous circulation.

Published on Feb 10, 2010

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Answered by Bella MD Laser Vein and Aesthetic Center

A medical grade compression stocking properly fit improves venous circulation.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Laser Vein Center

The best way to improve venous and lymphatic circulation is with graduated compression. That is compression that is strongest to the foot and ankle and then lessen as you go up the leg. Mild compression garment like UnderArmour actually have a slightly improve venous and lymphatic circulation. To be helpful the compression need to be enough to be greater than forces that are wanting to slow venous return but not greater than the pressure in arterial circulation . If the pressure is of a stocking or clothing was greater than the arterial circulation that would cut off circulation. [this is generally much higher than any stocking or clothing is made and therefore in almost all cases compression stocking help circulation.

Published on Feb 10, 2010

Answered by Laser Vein Center (View Profile)

The best way to improve venous and lymphatic circulation is with graduated compression. That is compression that is strongest to the foot and ankle and then lessen as you go up the leg. Mild compression garment like UnderArmour actually have a slightly improve venous and lymphatic circulation. To be helpful the compression need to be enough to be greater than forces that are wanting to slow venous return but not greater than the pressure in arterial circulation . If the pressure is of a stocking or clothing was greater than the arterial circulation that would cut off circulation. [this is generally much higher than any stocking or clothing is made and therefore in almost all cases compression stocking help circulation.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by VeinSolutions - Edina

No, they will not cut off your circulation, in fact they improve it. It is graduated compression, tighter at the foot and ankle, lighter at the thigh. The compression hose will cause the blood in your veins to flow in the proper upward direction instead of pooling at the bottom of your legs (which causes varicose veins).

Published on Feb 10, 2010

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Answered by VeinSolutions - Edina

No, they will not cut off your circulation, in fact they improve it. It is graduated compression, tighter at the foot and ankle, lighter at the thigh. The compression hose will cause the blood in your veins to flow in the proper upward direction instead of pooling at the bottom of your legs (which causes varicose veins).

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Angelo N. Makris MD

No, not unless you have severe arterial insufficiency.

Published on Feb 10, 2010

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Answered by Angelo N. Makris MD

No, not unless you have severe arterial insufficiency.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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