Compression Stockings 101

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  • What are compression stockings?
  • What are they good for?
  • What types of compression are there?
  • Do I need compression garments? 

These are just a few of the questions our customers frequently ask. In this post, we'll talk about what compression stockings are and how to go about choosing the right one. 

What Are Compression Stockings? 

Compression stockings are a specialized sock made from strong elastic fibers. They provide either anti-embolism or gradient compression, depending on the condition you have. Each one is different so it's very important to know what condition requires which compression stocking. 

What Do Compression Stockings Help? 

The most frequent use of compression socks are for people who suffer from lymphedema, weak or tired muscles, or people who need more stability in their muscles. Anti-embolism stockings would be the better choice for lymphedema because it helps to aid the calf muscles in moving those fluids up and out of the leg. For those with varicose veins, blood pooling, those who develop blood clots or edema then gradient compression might be the better choice. 

Gradient compression is tightest at the ankles and get looser as you move up the leg, which helps the calf function normally. This helps to increase blood flow to your limbs. Gradient compression stockings also decrease the chance that you will get a blood clot. Blood clots form from lack of good circulation causing the blood to pool which can then lead to a stroke or heart attack. Many people suffer from blood pooling due to lack of movement either because they work all day at a desk or can't walk around. The calf muscles are what's in charge of pushing the blood back up the legs, so if this doesn't happen efficiently, compression stockings can help prevent these scary occurrences. 

What Types of compression are there? 

Compression Stockings come in different sizes, styles, and compression level. Compression level Your regular Over the counter are from 10-15 mmHg to 20-30 mmHg With Prescription Compression from your doctor 30-40 mmHg 40-50 mmHg Sizes and Styles Compression Come in Many different sizes and colors here is a chart to explain that.

Compression Table
Compression mmHgSizeStyleType
30 — 40
20 — 30
15 — 20
10 — 20
8 — 15
0 — 10
LE Sheer
Oversize & Petite
Calf Length
Crew Length
Toe Arm & Hand

Do you need Compression Stockings?

If you suffer from lymphedema, weak or tired muscles, varicose veins, blood pooling, Spider veins, prone to blood clots then compression garments might be a good option for you. Consult your doctor and ask him and see what he recommends. Feel free to contact us or stop by our store at 3278 South Loop W Fwy 77025 and let us help you find the perfect compression stocking for your needs.