Why Choose Support and Compression and not Just Fashion?
Whether you have to or simply love to wear tights, pantyhose or stockings for fun fashion or professional use you probably know that today’s hosiery styles, colors and design choices are seemingly endless. If you have tried the gamut of brands and makes you have probably figured out by now that like with clothing and shoes, hosiery is also not created equal.
Different pantyhose, tights or stockings may look similar but that is often where the similarity ends. It is only once you try them on you will experience that while one brand pinches, scratches and does not seem to want to mold itself to the contours of your body, another brand can be so very comfortable and feel like a second skin from the minute you put it on.
Although comfort and fit may not always be proportionate to amount of money you paid for hosiery we would venture to say that the lowest priced brands and no-name pantyhose most often do fall in the category of “you get what you pay for”. Price is frequently a good indicator for quality and workmanship, which means as the price goes up the quality, feel and comfort level as well as durability do increase significantly. In addition, not going for the cheapest quality hosiery not only ensures a considerably higher level of wearing comfort but also increases the number of wearings per pair significantly (often 10 times longer over cheaper hosiery).
If you appreciate the fashionably finished look of finer quality tights, pantyhose or stockings and how they can enhance your appearance at work or can capture looks when going out for a night on the town you probably like to indulge yourself at least sometimes with higher quality hosiery.
What does this have to do with wearing Compression or Support Hosiery?
First of all it is our mission on this blog to increase awareness about the advantages and potential health benefits of compression stockings and support hosiery. If you are already spending a certain amount of money on higher quality hosiery you may want to contemplate the fact that regular nylon fashion tights, pantyhose and stockings do little to nothing to help your legs beyond making them look better superficially.
Remember the old saying “looks can be fleeting”. This holds true for your legs as well if you don’t take care of them. You may already more or less frequently be experiencing heavy feeling or even slightly swollen legs after busy days at work or out and about or you may have discovered some spider veins or even slightly bulging varicose veins on your legs. These are early warning precursors that your legs and feet may need some tender loving care before things could get worse. They are also signs that the blood circulation in your leg veins could use some support.
Support hose as well as compression stockings and pantyhose have great potential health benefits that are still widely underestimated or even unknown. You could be doing your legs a lot of good by rocking fashionable compression and support hosiery instead of standard tights, pantyhose or stockings. Doing so could alleviate any pain and discomfort from already existing symptoms and help you prevent any more serious vein problems e.g. from venous insufficiency down the road.
Compression and Support Stockings, Pantyhose, Tights, Thigh Highs, and Socks are specifically designed to
- Alleviate tired and heavy feeling legs
- Prevent spider veins and varicose veins
- Reduce or eliminate swelling in the legs and ankles
- Help with tingling, numbness or cramping in the legs and feet
- Improve blood circulation in the leg veins back to the heart
- Reduce or eliminate the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) when you are sitting or standing immobile for long periods of time (e.g. during travel or at work)
Compression stockings accomplish the above described therapeutic benefits with the help of their built-in graduated compression. Graduated compression means that the hosiery is designed to exert pressure on the wearer’s legs that is the greatest in the area just above the ankle from where it gradually decreases going up the leg. This gradient pressure helps to push the circulating blood back up the legs and prevents any blood or fluids from pooling in the legs.
In addition to the obvious potential health benefits you also don’t have to give up being stylish or comfortable because the fashionable array of present day compression and support hosiery is virtually indistinguishable from regular high fashion pantyhose, tights or stockings.
Finally a Word of Caution: Before you decide to make any changes that could affect your health (such as wearing compression stockings) be sure to discuss things first with your physician or a specialist to ensure that there are no underlying conditions that would prevent you from doing so.
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