Compression Stocking Measurement

Compression Stocking Measurement Service Cork Phelans Pharmacy

Compression Stocking Service

At Phelans Pharmacy we offer a compression stocking consultation and measurement with one of our trained occupational therapists. This is a walk in service and no appointment is necessary. Please be aware that during busy times there may be a short wait.

As our legs naturally swell throughout the day, all measurements must be made before midday. After this, measurements may not be fully accurate

The measuring fee is €15.00.

Please note: if you have been advised to get compression stockings by a medical professional, you should have been advised by your doctor on the required compression level for your specific needs. This is not something we are in a position to advise you on.

If you are purchasing via the medical card, we must receive an appropriate medical card prescription before we can process the stocking order. Measurement fee still applies.

What are compression stockings?

Wearing compression stockings helps to improve blood flow and circulation. As a result, they lessen discomfort, pain and swelling in your legs. Compression stockings can keep your legs from getting tired and achy and they can help prevent and treat varicose veins and can help prevent the development of deep vein thrombosis (blood clots).

The blood in the veins of your legs often has to work against gravity to return to the heart. For this reason, veins and arteries in your legs are more prone to growing weaker and becoming inefficient. That is where compression socks and stockings can help.

Compression stockings are snug fitting stretchy socks that gently squeeze your leg. Graduated compression stockings are tighter around your ankle and get looser as they go further up your leg. They are designed to help the blood flow in the right direction up your leg and towards the heart. 

Compression stockings come in a variety of sizes, colours and strengths. The strengths are available in 3 classes, class 1 provides light compression, class 2 is a medium compression and class 3 is strong compression. The level of compression should have been advise to you by your referring doctor or physiotherapist.

Who can benefit from wearing compression stockings?

  • People who have a history of blood clots or DVT ( deep vein thrombosis)
  • People who have had recent surgery
  • Those who are unable to leave their bed or have a hard time moving their legs
  • People who stand for long periods during the day
  • Athletes to help recovery of muscles
  • Pregnant women
  • Women who take the contraceptive pill or HRT  (hormone replacement therapy)
  • People who spend long stretches of time on airplanes

Compression stockings should be replaced at least every 3-6 months or sooner if you notice them losing their stretch. You should keep the box your compression stockings came in as it your stocking details should you need to reorder. 

Compression stockings are available with your medical card if you have a prescription from your GP.

What can I expect at a consultation?

You will have a private consultation with a Phelan's team member in our consultation room. You will be measured by our trained staff who will then determine what size stockings you need. Your stockings will then be ordered and we will contact you when they are available for collection.

Where can I avail of the service and how much does it cost?

This service is available in our Kinsale Road,  Grand Parade and  Phelans Stillorgan (Dublin) stores. You can call your local store to make an appointment for your consultation. The measuring fee is €15.00.

As this is a made-to-measure product, as well as for hygiene reasons, there are no exchanges/returns for personal items such as compression stockings etc.