Individuals who are suffering with venous illnesses already know about the benefits of compression and support hosiery to help their leg veins and are likely wearing them consistently as recommended by their physician or vein specialist.
What about everybody else including people who have no obvious symptoms or problems with their legs and leg veins at all?
Should Everyone Wear Support Hosiery of Some Type?
There seems to be no “official” recommendation or guideline we could find that says everybody should wear support pantyhose, support socks or stockings or any other legwear that can provide support.
Nevertheless, there is clearly a common consensus throughout the medical community that support and compression hosiery can be beneficial for anybody unless of course the individual has a medical condition that would preclude them from wearing compression stockings or support hose.
Maybe the old sayings “better safe than sorry” or “prevention is better than a cure” also hold some truth when it comes to preventative care for your leg veins.
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Are Compression Stockings and Support Pantyhose Only For Women?
When we think of wearing support hose, for many of us the scary memory of hideous granny-style support pantyhose or stockings still flashes through our conscious mind then slowly dissipating with a shiver down the spine.
Luckily and realistically this horrid vision of support hose really is becoming a distant memory. In fact, the only thing today’s compression stockings and support hosiery have in common with our grandmother’s “rubber stockings” is their elastic compression. Today they are not only increasingly fashionable and attractive but also much more sheer and comfortable.
With a broad range of sizes, colors and designs manufacturers are trying to outdo each other constantly with highly appealing compression and support hosiery choices for both men and women that are suitable for work or play.
The bottom line is – both women and men have legs and consequently both genders are facing the same leg vein issues. If you have ever noticed heaviness, a fatigued feeling, aching and pain in your legs after a long day sitting, standing or running around this could be from poor circulation in the veins.
When we are walking the flexing and relaxing of our calf muscles resembles a natural pump like function, which helps to move the blood up our legs and back to the heart and lungs. When we are immobile from standing or sitting still for longer periods of time our muscle pump is not working, which can cause sluggish circulation or even pooling of blood in the leg veins.
When suffering from these conditions most individuals can get great relief by simply wearing support hosiery or mild to moderate grade compression stockings. On the other hand, if you have been advised by your health care provider to wear a specific level of compression hosiery for your particular condition please make sure to follow those recommendations precisely.
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If you have no particular medical condition and you would simply like to give your leg veins a boost trying the lightest type of support hosiery might be best place to start, moving up as needed until you reach the comfort level that provides the most benefit.
It should be pointed out here that support and compression hosiery with compression levels of 20 mmHg or lower are not considered medical-grade and can, therefore, be obtained without any prescription through online purchase or over the counter.
A WORD OF CAUTION – As with any changes that could affect your health you should always discuss things with your physician first before wearing compression stockings.