A Guide to Perfect Compression Stockings

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So your doctor have prescribed you a compression garment – socks, stockings, leggings etc. What’s next?

You hear the name, and the first thing that comes to mind: “Aren’t they the ugly ones my grandmother used to wear?” No need to worry – compression garments have improved dramatically, just like everything else we use in our everyday lives. Available in variety of colours, patterns, materials and even with Swarovski accents, they are fun, attractive, effective and affordable.

Compression garments are usually sold at medical supply stores, clinics and some pharmacies, so finding one is not a problem – provided that you already know everything about compression garments. What is there to know, you might ask? You know you are medium in size, and you prefer black – seems like a pretty easy choice? Well, not really…. There’s actually so much more to it, that we would need a whole separate article to cover that. Size of your ankles, calves, thighs, length of your legs, skin sensitivity, diagnosis, lifestyle – all need to be taken into consideration when choosing a compression garment. That’s why it is strongly recommended to find a good and knowledgeable compression fitter – a certified professional who specializes in compression garments. Don’t be afraid to ask about the certification – it is very important to make sure that you are in good hands. Certified compression garments fitter will take proper measurements, determine the correct size, explain benefits of the product and help you select the garment which is the perfect match to your needs and style.

Should you decide not to consult the specialist and select the garment on your own, here are some basic things to consider.

How to understand your compression garments prescription

Compression levels of the garment are measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg). The higher the numbers, the higher the compression.

15-20 mmHg

Moderate Compression

20-30 mmHg CLASS I30-40 mmHg CLASS II40-50 mmHg CLASS III
Slight varicositiesHelps prevent and relieve heaviness & fatigue in legsModerate to severe varicositiesSevere varicosities
Tired and aching legsFor post-surgical and post-sclerotherapy treatment to help prevent the reappearance of varicose and spider veins.Used in the treatment of moderate edema and lymphedema.Severe edema, Lymphatic edema
Ideal compression level used for those traveling long distances.Minor varicosities, ankle and leg swellingUsed in post-surgical and post-sclerotherapy treatment to help prevent the reappearance of varicose and spider veins.Management of venous ulcers
Prophylactic treatment during pregnancyHelps reduce symptoms of Orthostatic Hypotension and Postural HypotensionPost phlebitis syndrome
Helps relieve superficial thrombophlebitis.Management and recurrence of venous ulcersChronic venous insufficiency
Hereditary disposition toward vein diseaseEffective scar formation after burnsPost-surgery
Helps prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT), also known as economy class syndrome.Stasis dermatitis due to CVI Orthostatic hypotension

This information should not be construed as medical advice. PLEASE ask your doctor or therapist which compression level you should wear.

Benefits of leading manufactures for you to compare

Fits 7 sizes with more precise circumference measurements (not just SMALL, MEDIUM, LARGE and X-LARGE) X
Correct gradient compressionXXXX
Durable – 6 month guarantee on compressionXX30 daysUnstated
Easy care, machine washable & dryableXX
Antibacterial toe processXX
Highly resistant to lotions and perspirationXXX
Panty with adjustable waistX
Made with silver, anti-odorXX

Some of those compression stockings have more styles and patterns than the others. They also come in different fabrics and textures. Certain compression garments not only help with blood circulation and provide oxygen to your system, but also have an additional arch and calf support – which is ideal for people who run, bike, work-out or play sports.

Styles of compression stockings

Below knee (Knee High)

Juzo Silver Soft Knee High Stockings