Compression socks or compression stockings are commonly used to reduce swelling and improve blood flow to the legs, but can also be used for arms or hands. Arm or hand compression garments are commonly referred to as compression sleeves. There are many reasons a person may desire or require the use of compression garments, but some of the more common reasons are:

  • Varicose Veins

  • Edema

  • Phlebitis

  • Thrombosis

  • Lymphedema

  • Pregnancy


No matter the reason, you might be wondering which compression garment is right for you.

Types of Compression Garments

So now you know there’s more than one kind of compression garment, let’s get into more detail on the types of compression socks and sleeves available for you. Compression garments vary in style, degree of tightness, length, and size to accommodate a variety of needs.

Variations in compression sock styles can include sheer stockings, solid color, cotton, colors, open-toe, closed-toe, and more. Compression garments also come in a variety of lengths, but the most common include knee-high or thigh-high. 

How Do Compression Stockings Work?

Compression stockings increase blood flow by putting pressure on the outside of the skin, thus forcing blood and fluid to shift and move up to the heart.

Which Compression Garment is Right for You?

If you’re not sure about which compression garment is right for you, talk with your doctor to see which is recommended for you. Have more questions? Stop by Heal Well Medical Supply at our Houston store and let us help!