Compression stockings are used by patients for a wide variety of reasons. They provide comfort, assist athletic performance and can help to prevent certain serious medical conditions.

They work by improving your blood flow. Compression stockings have the ability to lessen pain and swelling in the legs. They are also effective at reducing the chances of developing deep vein thrombosis and other related circulation issues.

Compression stockings are available in a wide variety of sizes and strengths. Each of these has their own purpose. How do you choose the best compression stocking for your needs? Let’s examine each compression level and their recommended use. 

Mild Compression Stockings (8 – 15 mmHg)

These stockings are ideal for providing relief and reducing tired and achy legs, especially for those who stand or sit for long periods throughout the day. Overall, they help to relieve minor swelling in your ankles, legs, and feet. They can be used during pregnancy to help prevent possible formation of varicose and spider veins.

Moderate Compression Stockings (15 – 20 mmHg)

If you suffer from minor to moderate spider and varicose veins, these stockings will provide prevention and relief. They will also provide relief of tired, aching and minor swelling in your feet, ankles, and legs. Moderate compression stockings will aid in the prevention of deep vein thrombosis. They are also used in post-sclerotherapy treatment (helps to prevent a recurrence of varicose and spider veins) Moderate compression stockings are also ideal for anyone who is traveling long distances.

Firm Compression Stockings (20 – 30 mmHg)

The next level of compression stockings is firm. At this level, you can expect to experience relief from moderate to severe varicose veins. They are also recommended for use after certain surgical procedures including sclerotherapy. Firm compression stockings will help to prevent varicose and spider veins from reappearing. They can also help manage active ulcers as well as relieve superficial thrombophlebitis. Other conditions which will benefit from the use of firm compression stockings include; orthostatic hypotension and deep vein thrombosis.

Extra Firm Compression Stockings (30 – 40 mmHg)

Providing the most support and compression, extra firm compression stockings are prescribed for a variety of conditions and circumstances.  Excellent for the prevention and relief of severe varicose veins these are also prescribed for post-surgical and post-sclerotherapy treatments. This will help to prevent the possible reappearance of spider and varicose veins.  Extra firm compression can also be used to treat severe edema and lymphedema. Orthostatic hypotension and postural hypotension symptoms can also be reduced when using the extra firm compression stockings.  Other severe conditions such as venous ulcers will benefit from the use of these stockings on a regular and consistent basis. Use has also shown to assist in the prevention of deep vein thrombosis.

As you can see, there is a good variety of compression stockings available all of which will benefit your health and comfort. Your doctor will often make recommendations; however, if you are unsure speak with your pharmacist. At Brant Arts I.D.A., we can help you make the best choice for your needs so that you can experience the benefits that regular use of compression stockings can provide.