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Choosing the Correct Compression for You

Choosing the correct compression for your compression hosiery is a crucial step in ensuring they effectively serve their purpose and offer you the greatest benefit. Here are some general guidelines to follow:

  1. Consult a Healthcare Provider: Compression stockings come in different sizes, lengths, and compression levels, measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg). Your healthcare provider can evaluate your condition, measure your legs accurately, and recommend the appropriate compression level based on your needs.
  2. Understand Compression Levels: Generally, compression stockings come in four primary compression levels.
    • Mild compression (8-15 mmHg) may be suitable for healthy individuals who stand or sit for long periods or for pregnant women to alleviate mild swelling.
    • Moderate compression (15-20 mmHg) is often recommended for individuals with varicose veins, swollen legs, or for post-surgical patients.
    • Firm compression (20-30 mmHg) and Extra firm compression (30-40 mmHg) are usually used for more serious conditions such as deep vein thrombosis, chronic venous insufficiency, or severe edema. They should be used under medical supervision.
  3. Consider Your Lifestyle: If you lead an active lifestyle, you might prefer stockings that are easier to put on and take off. Similarly, the material of the stockings should be suitable for your daily activities and the climate in which you live.
  4. Proper Fit: It's crucial to ensure your compression stockings fit correctly. They should feel snug but not overly tight and should not bunch up or wrinkle. Most providers will offer a range of sizes, and some even offer custom-fit options.

Remember, while compression hosiery can provide significant benefits, they should always be used under the guidance of a healthcare provider to ensure they are suitable for your individual circumstances.