Why don’t Men need Compression Stockings?
Because Guy’s legs…
- don’t get tired or achy from standing or sitting for long periods of time
- don’t swell (edema)
- don’t get varicose veins or spider veins
- don’t have any risk of deep vein thrombosis (blood clots)
- don’t have any risk of venous issues
- don’t get circulation problems in the veins
This all sounds pretty silly doesn’t it? Nevertheless, it is of course all not true. Wouldn’t it be awesome if this was actually all true and we could always be a beacon of health and have strength like Superman?
Unfortunately for many of us things don’t go that way. Men and women alike may have to deal with some or all of the above stated conditions and discomforts at some time of their life. It is also pretty clear that the longer one ignores seemingly minor symptoms like achiness, tiredness, mild swelling or smaller varicose veins the worse things may become as time marches on.
Many men try to be real “Macho” when they get an ache or pain and just suck it up. However, with some things just sucking it up or dealing with it may not be the best course of action. When it comes to venous issues preventative care and treatment measures for more minor symptoms and conditions could really make a difference. Taking action early on could prevent more serious and agonizing problems that may likely occur down the road if things are left unattended.
The point I am trying to get to here is that men can benefit from wearing compression and support hosiery just as much as women. Men definitely need to pay attention to their leg health too. We only get one pair and they have to last us a life time. Most of us make sure our cars get regular care and maintenance but many men tend to neglect caring for their legs and in particular their leg veins.
Before you think about shopping for compression stockings or support pantyhose you do need to discuss your symptoms with your physician. He will also be able to help you determine which level of graduated compression or support hosiery you will need. Before you can purchase compression hosiery you will have to accurately measure your legs for proper sizing and fit of your compression stockings.
For additional information please also read our posts…
Can Real Men Wear Compression Stockings?
Problems associated with Graduated Compression Stockings – The Importance of Correct Measurements and Sizing
Compression Stockings and Summer Fun – How to Strike a Healthy Balance
Why You Could Benefit from Wearing Support Pantyhose or Compression Stockings even if Your Legs are Healthy?
Support Hose and Compression Stockings can be Ideal Therapy for the following:
- Tired, heavy and achy feeling legs
- Relieving mild swelling (edema)
- Slight varicose veins and spider veins
- Protection against DVT during long-distance travel
- Calming restless legs
- Boosting venous blood circulation in the legs
- and more
Individuals with chronic conditions may require prescription-strength compression stockings.
Finally a Word of Caution:
Before you make any changes that could affect your health (such as wearing compression stockings) schedule an appointment with your health care provider to discuss things first and to ensure that there are no existing conditions that would make it counterproductive or even risky for you to wear compression stockings.
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Guys..Listen and do what the Doctor tells you.
After seeing the results of the UltraSound, I understood
Ive been wearing 30-40mm waist high “pantyhose” for over ten years. I’ve had skin ulcers, the onset of Gangrene, threat of amputation,
I think I speak from a position of experience.
CVI and DVT is my disease.
Take your condition seriously, this is for your health.
Keep your finger and toe nails well trimmed. Gloves work great.
Shower/bathe at night, shave as needed.
You get pretty good after awhile. Watch out at your ankles and behind your knees.
Ask your wife/girlfriend for tips for a close shave.
Use a good moisturizer to keep your skin healthy.
Put your pantyhose on as you get out of bed before your legs swell.
I first tried the thigh highs, they rolled down and acted as tourniquets.
Pantyhose, you can reach the tops to pull on.
Forget about this “macho” stuff, this is for your health
“You do what you have too”
Mike H. says
Have edema and swelling. Since my doctor required full leg compression hosiery, have now been wearing on a daily basis for 8 months. They work great and reduce swelling more than an inch. Wear 15-20 mmHg gradient compression pantyhose and thigh high stockings daily. They fit and feel great too. Wish I was smarter 15 years ago and wore them as a preventative measure.
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M. Orlando says
Excellent post. I will be dealing with some of these issues …
Do any males wearing pantyhose or stockings have trouble with leg hair catching or lots of itching? Although, not ideal, would shaving help? I am virtually addicted to wearing them, i had an ache in my thigh yesterday after standing for a great deal of time on a trip. I wish i had worn them.
Shaving the leg hair is certainly an option but it can also create additional problems with itching and irritated skin and not to forget the time you have to invest to keep your legs smooth.
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One thing I observed recently…I had been following the all day every day wearing routine since beginning wearing compression stockings. The other day the morning go interrupted and busy and I went a few hours without putting them on after I got up. I began to feel an intense aching in my legs after a while and was having to sit down and rest them before I realized what was going on. I immediately went and put on my stockings and the aching began to subside but it took a while to completely go away.
That caused me to wonder if long term use of compression stockings doesn’t create a sort of dependency on them. That is, before I was wearing them I’d get that aching at night after a long day on my feet, but now it came on early in the day. I’m not saying this to argue against wearing them at all; believe me, I’m not going without them any longer.
Looking forward to another great article.
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I must admit when my doctor recommended wearing thigh length compression stockings I wasn’t thrilled. When the instructions were to wear them all day every day, I was even less thrilled. The aching in my legs wasn’t getting any better so I tried them. And now I admit I’m hooked on them. From day one the aching was almost gone and as time has passed I can’t imagine going without them. The initial hassle of getting them on and off gets better with experience. Some days I even have to check to make sure I haven’t forgotten them, they feel so normal now.
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Steve Newman says
Great post! I like the way you used a bit of facetiousness as the ‘hook’ for the article. Of couse guys can benefit from compression hosiery because they’re as likely as women to suffer the effects of venous insufficiency. I’ve written on the same subject on my blog, The Nylon Gene (www.nylongene.com) and how men are often unwilling to avail themselves of a ready remedy such as support hosiery because of their fear of anything with the slightest feminine connotation to it. Here’s a link to one of my articles: http://www.nylongene.com/p/leg-troubles-know-no-gender-bndy.html
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Justin Saunders says
I work for a compression hosiery retailer Daylong in the UK and we have a lot of male customers. I was originally surprised when i looked at the data and saw that our customers could be as high as 40% male 60% female, but its true men suffer from the same circulation and leg problems as women so why shouldn’t they wear them.
We are constantly on the lookout for compression hosiery designed for men and there are some great products coming soon.
I personally use them for sports reasons and obviously socks when travelling for long distances.
Thank you for this great contribution. Guys need this kind of encouraging information.
M Rowan says
I have to agree, no matter what gender you are, it is important to take care of your legs. I have worn compression hose for 5 years. When my legs started to ache about 15 years ago, I self diagnosed and purchased the support socks over the counter. Later, after flying internationally numerous times my one leg became quite sore and I thought I had a clot. The doctor said my veins were inflamed, but luckily no clot. However, I was prescribed compression stockings in the thigh high and pantyhose length with 30-40 compression. I still fly internationally and have found the pantyhose to be the most comfortable and most stable and staying in place. I wear them every day and have for 5 years now. I have never felt better.
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