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Ann Vasc Dis. 2012;5(3):342-6. doi: 10.3400/avd.oa.12.00030.

Interface pressures derived from oversize compression stockings.

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  • 1Division of Vascular Surgery, Department of Surgery and Clinical Science, Yamaguchi University Graduate School of Medicine, Ube, Yamaguchi, Japan.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To clarify interface pressures (IP) derived from class II and III oversize stockings.

METHODS:

Healthy volunteers with legs fitting size S (n = 10), M (n = 6), or L (n = 6) stockings wore class II and III stockings of various sizes up to 5L. IPs were measured in the supine and the standing position with each stocking on.

RESULTS:

In the subjects with size S legs, the IPs in the standing position while wearing S and M class III stockings were 43.5 ± 4.7 and 40.4 ± 5.4 mmHg respectively. These IPs were significantly higher than the IP while wearing the S size class II stocking (33.3 ± 5.9 mmHg). IPs derived from L, LL, 3L, 4L, 5L class III stockings were not significantly different from IP with the S size class II stocking. The results were similar for the subjects with size M legs while wearing the size M and L class III stockings and for the subjects with size L legs while wearing the size L and LL class III stockings vs. the appropriate size class II stocking.

CONCLUSION:

Based on these findings, a larger size class III stocking can provide similar or even higher IPs compared to an appropriate size class II stocking.

KEYWORDS:

chronic venous insufficiency; compression stockings; interface pressure; stiffness

PMID:
23555534
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PMCID:
PMC3595854
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