Choosing compression stockings with a compression level that is best for your individual situation is paramount when considering wearing compression hosiery.
In order to receive the maximum benefit from wearing compression and support hose, you need to wear the correct type of compression stockings, the correct size for your measurements and the compression or support hose that is best for your condition.
If you are uncertain what would be best in your case, a consultation with your physician is a good place to begin. Only your health care provider is uniquely qualified to make the proper recommendations for the compression level and type of compression stockings you should be wearing. In addition, he will also make sure that there is nothing in your medical history that could prevent you from wearing compression stockings.
If you are lucky enough not to exhibit any major symptoms or pain, you may be able to enjoy wearing what would be considered light compression stockings with a compression level of 8-15 mmHg.
These types of compression stockings are considered more of a preventative measure; protection for the legs and vein system from potentially more serious problems down the road. They feel very similar to high-quality support pantyhose with graduated compression and are available in a variety of types and styles.
Types and Styles of Light Support Compression Hosiery
- Over the calf mild support socks (sheer or athletic style)
- Sheer mild support knee-high compression stockings (open or closed toe, sandal foot or reinforced toes and heels or dress sheer style)
- Sheer mild support thigh high compression stockings (open or closed toe, sandal foot or reinforced toes and heels or dress sheer style)
- Sheer light support pantyhose style compression stockings (open or closed toe, sandal foot or reinforced toes and heels or dress sheer style)
Benefits of Light Compression Stockings or Graduated Support Hosiery:
- Revitalize tired and achy feeling legs
- Prevent or reduce fatigue from long hours of standing or walking
- Aid blood circulation for healthy energized legs
- Relieve minor swelling in the legs and feet
- Help to prevent blood clots during travel or prolonged inactivity
- Help to prevent or manage spider veins and mild varicose veins (e.g. during pregnancy)
Mild compression hosiery or support pantyhose with graduated compression do not require a prescription, although it can of course be recommended by a physician or specialist.
Light compression stockings and support hose are available over the counter in certain department stores, medical supply stores or from various online sellers over the Internet.
As it is the case with any compression stockings, it is important to get the sizing right in order to get the best results and to be comfortable wearing your compression or support hosiery. If the size is too big the supportive effect of the compression stockings will be lost and if the hosiery is too tight the blood circulation could be impaired, which would be counterproductive or even dangerous.
For more information about proper sizing and fit, we recommend reading some of our other blog posts…
Problems Associated with Graduated Compression Stockings – The Importance of Correct Measurements and Sizing
The bottom line is that you can do your legs and feet a great preventative service by wearing light compression stockings or support hose. They can benefit women and men alike promoting and preserving leg health for years to come.
Today’s compression and support hosiery is very fashionable and comes in a range of colors and design patterns that are sure to complement any outfit – without exposing the fact that they may be just what the doctor ordered.
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