FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
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By wearing Fit Therapy Stockings at an early age you can help keep your legs looking and feeling younger and healthier, preventing serious leg disorders later in life.
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Graduated Compression is the essential element featured in all of our hosiery. Graduated Compression is applied to the garment in the knitting process, by a mixture of two-way stretch yarns, spandex and Lycra®, making all our products Latex Free. Knitted with precise computerized knitting machines. The graduation is knit-in so that the strongest pressure is applied at the foot and ankle and sequentially lessens up the leg of the garment. This graduated pressure assists the blood flow from the lower extremities back to the heart supporting the valves in the leg veins, helping to prevent and relieve poor circulation, varicose veins, leg fatigue, swelling in the ankle, and other venous disorders.
There are several levels of Graduated Compression, mild, moderate, firm, and extra firm, all measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg). On each style of Fit Therapy products you will notice a compression range (ie. 15-18mmHg), the 15-18 represents the compression at the strongest part being the ankle. We offer a complete collection of hosiery starting at 12mmHg, 15-18mmhg, 20-30mmHg and the highest being 30-40mmHg usually recommended by a physician. Fit Therapy offers the largest selection of compression levels, styles, sizes and colors to fit your needs. If you are not sure which compression level is best for you, you may call us toll free at 877-FIT-LEGS (348-5347) and any of our highly trained customer service representatives will assist you.
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Fit Therapy™ Graduated Compression Hosiery, is designed to apply the greatest pressure to the surface veins, thus forcing more blood to flow into the deeper veins. It has been medically proven that applying graduated compression to the lower extremities increases and improves blood circulation back to the heart. This enhanced blood circulation helps to prevent and relieve the discomfort and pain associated with varicose veins, leg fatigue, swollen ankles and other leg disorders associated with venous insufficiency.
In the human body, the arteries, capillaries and veins are continuously active to keep an ideal circulation. Blood returns to the heart through the veins. Considering that the legs are furthest below heart level, blood flow is most difficult to maintain, especially when it is flowing upward. A system of one-directional valves in the leg veins assist the blood flow back to the heart with each beat. However, after many years of use this complex system of valves eventually malfunctions or slows down, causing the blood to “pool” or back-up in the legs causing venous insufficiency.
There are other factors which lead to varicose veins, heredity, sitting or standing for long periods of time, and pregnancy. . The term “Support Hosiery” is often used to describe hosiery simply because these generic hosiery exert some slight pressure on the legs. However, such pressure must be gradient and compressed in order to be qualified as a “true” support stocking. Furthermore, in order to have a beneficial result the graduated compression must be sufficient to assist the flow of blood up the leg.
Fit Therapy™ offers a complete selection of Medically Correct Graduated Compression Support Hosiery for Women and Men. Graduated Compression Hosiery has been recommended by Doctors for many years and worn by millions. Because Fit Therapy™ Graduated Compression Hosiery Products deliver immediate results, the person wearing our products will feel the relief the minute you put them on.
Fit Therapy™ Graduated Compression Hosiery should be worn by:
- wanting to keep their legs feeling healthy and looking young
- with existing problems like varicose veins
- who has a family history of venous disorders
- troubled with swollen ankles and tired aching legs due to standing or sitting for extended periods of time
- who is pregnant
- confined to bed or wheelchair
Whether Fit Therapy™ Graduated Compression Hosiery is used as a preventative measure or to help relieve existing leg problems, you are sure to find a complete selection to choose from. It has been clinically proven that Graduated Compression Hosiery, when applied to the lower extremities accelerates the velocity in which blood flows back to the heart. Support hosiery featuring Graduated Compression is recommended by physicians to help prevent and relieve leg problems and venous disorders.
Fit Therapy™ graduated Compression is a must if traveling on long flights! Clinical studies prove that our products will help prevent common ankle swelling, will improve the circulation in your legs and will help reduce the chance of blood clots and embolisms that can develop in the leg during long flights also known now as “Economy Class Syndrome”, or D.V.T. (deep vein thrombosis), which can be Fatal!
Anyone can develop blood clots, certain people are more vulnerable, including pregnant women, people who are overweight, smokers and those with coronary artery diseases and certain blood conditions. Those with higher risks should consult their physicians before flying. Generally, the clots are absorbed into the bloodstream. If they aren’t, physicians can treat them with drugs that dissolve the clots and prevent others from forming and, occasionally, surgery. If a clot reaches the lung, emergency medical assistance is required. Preventative Measures Meanwhile, doctors recommend the following precautions for all passengers: Get up and walk about at least once an hour.
While seated, flex your ankles and move your feet around to stimulate blood circulation. Remain hydrated. Consider wearing Graduated Compression Support stockings such as Fit Therapy™ to keep blood from settling in the veins in your legs. Most of the deaths that have occurred resulting from“Economy Class Syndrome” would have been prevented if the person would have know to wear Graduated Compression Stockings.