Compression garments provide support. This support may be necessary for individuals suffering from Lymphedema, Venous Insufficiency, Chronic Swelling etc. These garments vary in the strength of compression they provide. For example, someone who has poor circulation and who has a heart condition will most likely be prescribed a lighter compression garment while someone with lymphedema and no other contraindications will wear a compression garment that has a much higher degree of compression. It is very important, especially if you are suffering from edema or lymphedema in the lower leg to have your physician perform a ABPI (ankle brachial pressure index) test and recommend the amount of compression required. The test will ensure that there is enough arterial circulation in the area before a compression bandage or garment is worn. It is also important to know when to go to a garment fitter and when to buy something off the shelf. There are times when custom made garments will be necessary. Talk to your Manual Lymph Drainage therapist for a list of garment fitters in your area.