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.