How to Choose the Right Compression Stockings
Compression stockings are a type of elastic hosiery that applies compression to the legs. Compression stockings are designed to help prevent leg swelling and protect against venous disorders, such as varicose veins and thrombosis, by increasing oxygen delivery and decreasing lactic acid. Studies show that, when worn, compression stockings increase circulation and guard against blood clots.
Many people can benefit from wearing compression stockings–even those without a specific medical problem.
- Athletes, such as runners. Athletes who run use compression stockings to stimulate blood flow, making legs rebound more quickly after a challenging workout.
- Pregnant women. Women who are pregnant frequently develop varicose veins and experience swollen legs. Compression stockings can help keep legs looking smooth and healthy.
- Frequent travelers. Airplane pilots and other in-flight personnel have long used compression stockings to minimize the chances of blood clots in the deeper veins, a condition known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT is a condition associated with air travel and can affect people of all ages–regardless of whether they are physically fit or not.
Five Tips for Choosing Compression Stockings
But with all the compression styles to choose from, which stocking is best for you?
- Determine how much support you need. Compression stockings come in 4 compression levels, measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHG). If you have a specific medical problem, we you may need medical grade compression stockings. For everyday support, go for a lighter compression. (See chart.) For high compression stockings, you should seek medical advice before choosing.
- Consider how frequently you will wear the stockings. When will you wear your compression stockings? Every day or only when you have specific therapeutic need? With our range of compression stockings, you can choose the style that best matches your lifestyle and needs. Men’s knee-high socks, for example, are designed for everyday wear.
- Go with your personal style. Compression stockings come in an array of colors. Black compression stockings are highly versatile and can easily be integrated into a wardrobe. Knee-high socks are available in contemporary and classic styles.
- Focus on where you need to increase circulation most. Compression stockings come in a variety of lengths. Knee-high socks are a preferred choice for both athletes and men, whereas pregnant women may want to opt for full-length stockings.
- Choose the stocking that is right for your climate. If you live in a warmer climate, or it is summer, you may want to consider the sheerest compression stockings that breathe. Stockings are made of different materials, so factor that in. Open-toed styles give additional airiness.
The Best Stockings for Therapeutic Purposes
Light Compression: 8-15 mmHg
Moderate Compression: 15-20 mmHg
Firm Compression: 20-30 mmHg
Extra Firm Compression: 30-40 mmHg
|You have:||Compression level typically used:|
|Tired, aching legs||Moderate Compression|
|Swollen ankles||Moderate Compression|
|Edema||Extra Firm Compression|
|Venous ulcers||Firm Compression|
|Lymphedema||Extra Firm Compression|
|Plastic and post-surgical (sclerotherapy)||Extra Firm Compression|
|Joint injuries||Moderate Compression|
|Pregnancy-related issues||Light Compression|
|Air travel-related concerns||Moderate Compression|
Whether you have a medical condition or are an athlete, compression stockings can help regulate your circulation and keep your legs fit. Consult your doctor to determine the best level for your condition. If you have questions about your order, contact our customer care.