Compression Garments and Stockings in Nassau And Suffolk County
All American Medical Supply is the number one supplier of Compression Garments on Long Island. We have been providing residents of Nassau and Suffolk County with Compression Stockings and diabetic socks. For over 10 years our staff has fitted thousands of patients in need of compression garments.
If you’re looking for durable medical equipment or compression stockings, then look no further. Our medical supply company in Massapequa, NY provides stockings for both men and women.
What are Compression Stockings?
Compression Stockings are made from a number of different materials including cotton, lycra, spandex and nylon. They come in different lengths ranging from knee- high, thigh-high, and Waist-High. Arm sleeves and Hand Gauntlets are available for those with axillary lymphadema.
Compression Garments are used for various reasons including varicose veins, painful legs, swelling (edema), lymphadema, venous insufficiency, or prevention of getting a deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
Who Uses Them?
There is a number of conditions that require people to wear compression garments and stockings including:
- People with or at risk for circulation problems, like DVT, varicose veins, or diabetes
- People who’ve just gotten surgery
- Those who can’t leave their bed or have a hard time moving their legs
- People who stand all day at work
- Pregnant women
- People who spend long stretches of time on airplanes, like pilots
After a thorough consultation and examination, Raymond Bartolo and his staff will recommend an appropriate compression garment to satisfy your expectations.
How Do Compression Garments Work?
The pressure these stockings put on your legs helps your blood vessels work better. The arteries that take oxygen-rich blood to your muscles can relax, so blood flows freely. The veins get a boost pushing blood back to your heart.
Compression stockings can keep your legs from getting tired and achy. They can also ease swelling in your feet and ankles as well as help prevent and treat spider and varicose veins. They may even stop you from feeling light-headed or dizzy when you stand up.
Because the blood keeps moving, it’s harder for it to pool in your veins and make a clot. If one forms and breaks free, it can travel with your blood and get stuck somewhere dangerous, like your lungs. Clots also make it harder for blood to flow around them, and that can cause swelling, discolored skin, and other problems.
What Strength Compression Should I use?
Everyone is different when it comes to compression Stockings and what grade compression they should use.
Compression Stockings are classified in their compressive strength by how many mmHg (millimeters of Mercury) pressure they contain.
Heres a general guide to go by, but check with your physician if you are unsure:
8-15 mmHg- This is like a support hosiery offering mild compression which will help tired achy legs but have very little therapeutic effect.
15-20 mmHg- Used for mild Varicose Veins, tired achy legs, mild swelling
20-30 mmHg – Used for moderate varicose veins, moderate edema, post surgery
30-40,40-50, 50-60 mmHg- Used for sever varicose veins, significant edema, lymphadema, post-sclerotherapy.
How do I get them on?
There a few factors that will dictate whether getting your compression stockings on and off will be an easy task or a difficult one. Patients with lower back problems, arthritic fingers or a large abdomen might find difficult getting these stockings on, especially when their doctor prescribed a higher strength compression garment. This sometimes leads to a decrease in patient compliance with wearing the item simply because they can’t get it on and they don’t have someone at home to help them.
One solution to this is using a compression garment applicator device. There are many devices available to help with this problem with some working better than others.
What is the cost for these and does my insurance cover the cost?
We are finding that many insurance carriers do not cover the cost for compression stockings, but a few still do. Medicare does not pay for compression garments unless the patient has a venous stasis ulcer on their leg that is active. NYSHIP, The Empire Plan does pay for compression stockings at 100% of the allowed charges.
Stockings range in price from $22.00-$150.00 per pair depending on brand, style and strength.
Brands We Carry
All American Medical Supply carries a number of compression garment brands. We sell major brands such as Knit Rite Thera Firm, Sigvaris, Jobst and Core-Spun. All sizes and styles are in stock!
For More Information on compression garments or to schedule a fitting for a stocking, call (516) 216-1707 today!