BUYING GUIDES FOR COMPRESSION STOCKINGS
Compression stockings are specialized stockings designed to provide therapeutic gradient pressure to the legs and feet. They are often used to treat various medical conditions such as varicose veins, edema, lymphedema, and deep vein thrombosis, as well as to prevent blood clots and improve circulation. Knowing what to look for and avoid is essential to purchasing compression stockings. Here are some best practices to keep in mind when buying compression stockings.
Before purchasing compression stockings, it is essential to consult with your doctor or medical healthcare provider to determine if compression stockings are suitable for you. Your doctor can also recommend a specific compression level and style of stocking best suited for your needs and condition. Medical-grade compression stockings may require a prescription from your doctor. In addition, if you plan to bill your insurance company, a prescription from your doctor will be required.
CHOOSING COMPRESSION LEVEL
Gradient Compression stockings come in different pressure levels, ranging from mild to extra-firm. The level of compression you need will depend on your medical condition and the severity of your symptoms.
- 15-20 mmHg is a support compression
- 20-30 mmHg is a mild compression
- 30-40 mmHg is a moderare compression
- 40-50 mmHg is a firm compression
Furthermore, you will want to consider the thickness and containment level of the stocking. This is particularly important when dealing with swelling issues, as not all fabric contains edema equally. We like the Juzo Dynamic Compression Stocking and the Mediven Plus Compression Stocking because they are two of the best off-the-shelf compression stockings for addressing edema issues.
Getting the right size of compression stockings is crucial to ensure they provide the appropriate amount of pressure to your legs and feet. Most compression stockings come in various sizes based on specific measurements. Typically these measurements will include the smallest circumference of your ankle, the widest circumference of your calf, and the widest circumference of your thigh if you want thigh-high stockings. In addition, length measurement from the floor to the knee crease or the gluteal fold is vital to getting the correct size stocking. Too long Socks tend to bunch at the knees and ankles, which can cause additional issues.
STYLE AND MATERIAL
Compression stockings come in different styles, such as knee-high, thigh-high, and pantyhose. So first, consider the type that best suits your needs and comfort level.
Manufacturers make compression stockings from different materials like nylon, spandex, and cotton. When choosing a fabric, you will also want to consider the thickness and containment level, especially if you are dealing with edema or lymphedema. In addition, selecting a comfortable and breathable material is advisable, particularly if you intend to wear them for prolonged durations.
Another option to consider is an open or closed-toe stocking. This is often a personal preference. However, some may find the open toe less restrictive and easier to get on. If you have swelling issues in the toes, you will want to wear closed-toe stockings.
Shopping from a reputable retailer specializing in medical compression stockings is essential when purchasing compression stockings. There is no standardized regulation for compression stockings, and anyone can put the word “compression” on a stocking. In addition, look for a retailer that offers a wide range of sizes and styles and a return policy in case the socks do not fit properly or meet your needs.
Buying compression stockings requires careful consideration of your medical condition, the level of compression you need, the right size, and the style and material to provide maximum comfort and support. By following these best practices, you can find suitable compression stockings to help you manage your condition and improve your quality of life.
Medical issues require the use of a quality medical compression garment. However, all compression garments are not created equal. At The Compression Closet, we sell only top-name brands that adhere to the highest standards of therapeutic effectiveness.
Disclaimer – This blog is for general information purposes only. Furthermore, information contained in this blog is not a substitute for medical advice – always consult a licensed healthcare professional for advice on your specific condition.