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Mayo Clinic Q&A: With proper use, compression stockings can provide therapeutic benefit

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My doctor prescribed compression stockings to prevent my legs from swelling during the day. How will that help, and are they all the same?

ANSWER: Compression stockings aren't like regular stockings. They're typically prescribed with certain specifications and require professional fitting. A number of tips and tricks can help to properly use and care for them so that they provide the intended therapeutic benefit with minimal risk of side effects.

Compression stockings -- sometimes referred to as pressure socks -- gently squeeze your legs in a way that helps promote blood flow from the legs back toward the heart. Thigh or waist-high stockings help reduce...