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Zippered Compression Stockings 15-20 mmHG – (So Quick and Easy!)

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Foot Compression – How to Find Relief With Socks (& More!)

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DocSock – What You Really Need to Know About Them (& Why!)

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Foot Compression Sleeve – (For Leg and Foot Relief Now!)

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Knee Highs Hose – (All The Comforts w/ All The Benefits)

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Women’s Compression Socks 15-20 mmhg – (Cute Designs w/ Pics!)

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Compression Socks 20-30 mmhg – (New Designs and Patterns!)

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Zippered Socks – Easy to Put On (Comfy to Wear!)

Compression socks with Zips

Do you have compression socks but find the process of donning and doffing a nightmare? You are not alone. The application process of compression socks is among the reasons why many people shy away from using this phenomenal product. The perfect solution for easying the application and removal process is using zippered socks.

Adding zippers to compression socks is an exceptional way of improving the process of donning and doffing. Compression socks are a tightly-fitting gear that requires a lot of your energy to pull and adjust on your leg. The process can be cumbersome and uncomfortable for anyone using the socks to improve any form of venous insufficiency on the legs.

The zippers are usually fitted on the side of the knee-length compression socks occupying a minute space along the width and running through two-thirds of the length of the hosiery. The zipper does not interfere with the sock’s ability to add pressure to your leg veins.

Why Zip-up Compression Socks Matter

Zippered socks are a great solution for you if you are having difficulty putting on and removing the compression gear. Pain and discomfort in the don and doff process are among the reasons why compliance with the zip-up socks is often ignored. Whether it is venous ulceration or spider webs in your legs, the process can be painful and exacerbate your leg condition.

Even medics agree that zippered socks are important for patients with leg wounds because of the discomfort of wearing and removing as well as the possibility of worsening venous insufficiency. The zip-up socks simplify the application process reducing the possibility of pain and continued mechanical injury.

With the zippered socks, the process is modified to slip and zip. The complications of straining, moving the compression gear delicately along the leg, and the tiredness of bending for a long time, in the case of pregnant users, are solved because of the zip.

What Zip-up Socks Solve

Zippered socks like other compression gear help relieve pain, soreness, inflammation and edema caused by venous insufficiency in your leg. The zippers are fitted in your socks without messing the integrity of the gear. Aside from improving the application process, this zip containing hosiery improves circulation in your legs.

The main purpose of compression socks is to improve blood circulation in your leg veins. There are certain conditions that aggravate blood flow from your veins to your heart. The problems affect blood flow in your veins because blood flows much slower in your veins compared to your arteries.

Therefore, when you are trapped into sedentary living: vocations that require sitting for long periods of time the possibility of blood stagnancy, the probability of venous insufficiency increases.

Similarly, professions such as nursing where you are required to routinely stand and walk also trigger venous insufficiency. Conditions that cause poor blood circulation include pregnancy, cardiovascular illnesses, leg wounds, leg muscle weakness, and venous ulceration.

Zip-up Hosiery and Blood Circulation

Poor circulation in your legs increases the likelihood of clot formation because blood remains stagnant in your legs for long; this triggers coagulation. Zipper socks prevent clot formation by improving blood circulation. Edema, on the other hand, occurs when fluid leaks from your veins to the surrounding tissues because of blood accumulation.

By ensuring blood is constantly flowing, zippered socks prevent blood accumulation in your veins which gets rid of edema. The socks are also vital for wound healing. Blood circulation facilitates wound healing by bringing in nutrients, biomolecules and oxygen whilst removing metabolic waste. It is through improved blood circulation that athletes heal from delayed onset muscle syndrome (DOMS). Blood flow improves the health of your strained muscles reversing the problems created by intense exercising.

How the Zip-up Hosiery Works

The zipper socks work by pressurizing your vein legs. The external pressure pushes blood up to your lungs. The pressure keeps blood flowing in your legs eliminating stagnation and accumulation of blood. Thus, blood circulation is improved.

There are certain features in the socks that make the zipper socks perform their function meticulously.

Compression Levels

Compression levels represent the degree of pressure that will be applied to your veins by your socks. Each pair of zipper socks has a level of compression expressed as a ratio and measured in mmHg. The ratio ranges from 5mmHg to 60mmHg. The Unit mmHg, read as millimeters of mercury, is a measure of pressure because that is what the socks produce.

There are three standard compression ratios used in this type of compression socks. Each ratio resolves specific venous insufficiency conditions in relation to the severity of the condition.

A ratio is expressed as a range of the lowest and highest compression level and a pair of sock offers. Thus, a 20-30mmHg zippered sock gives a minimum pressure of 20mmHg and a maximum pressure of 30mmHg. The highest pressure is on the foot region while the lowest pressure is on the upper region of the sock.

The Three Standard Ratios of Compression Socks

  • 15-20mmHg zippers provide the least pressure to your leg veins. They are suitable for treating mild conditions such as those experienced by travelers. Socks with this level of compression are also used to prevent clot formation and edema.
  • 20-30mmHg zippers are the first medical grade compression socks. They are prescribed during pregnancy, edema treatment, and spider webs.
  • 30-40mmHg Zippers are second medical grade socks. They are prescribed in cases of acute venous insufficiency. The socks are ideal for leg wound healing, venous ulceration, deep vein thrombosis and when treating recurrent clot formation.

Graduated Compression

Zipper socks have varying pressure levels along the length of the sock. The pressure levels decrease gradually as you move up the length of the sock making the pressure greater on the feet region of the sock and least at the top of the socks. The pressure difference along the length of the sock creates a suction force in your veins making blood flow continuously to your heart.

Without the different pressure levels, the socks would be ineffective in improving blood circulation in your legs. In zippered socks, the zip location does not interfere with the pressure mechanism around the leg. The zipper’s occupation space is negligible compared to the space left for the sock to work on your veins.

The zippered socks provide double relief for venous insufficiency problems. You get to have an easy application process and maximum pressure applied to your legs at the same time. Nevertheless, all compression hosiery is vital at providing the needed relief for your legs.

Compression Stockings and their Importance

There are many forms of compression socks. The designs vary to cater for different leg conditions and also to appeal to a wider demography. All types of compression stockings function the same. They use the same principle of varying pressure regardless of their design. However, how you use the socks varies in some instances. Some of the modifications on the sock’s appearance have been created to improve the application process while other alterations have to do with the functioning of the sock.

Types of Compression Socks

Compression socks can be toeless. The aim of the open toe tip is to make the donning process easy. The extra wiggle room will be useful if you have wide toes, bunions, ingrown nails or hammered toes.  Toeless socks are also good for the wearer who does not want to feel stuffed from having socks the entire day.

Compression hosiery also exists as leg sleeves. The sleeves only cover the ankle and calf region and provide compression on that part of the lower leg region. Leg sleeves or tubes are ideal for strenuous exercising. The sleeves improve circulation on the leg tissues to prevent muscle injury during intense activity.

Compression sleeves should not be used during rest because they do not provide compression on the foot region. The lack of compression will cause blood to accumulate in your feet and rake havoc on your lower leg. In times of rest, socks are the best for compression therapy.

 There are also anti-embolism socks that are used by surgery patients during their recovery period. The socks are light and have low-level compression because they are only meant to prevent clots (embolism) as the patient recovers.

Regardless of appearance, every kind compression hosiery has an important role in improving blood circulation.

Does Length Matter for Zippered Compression

Compression socks have varying lengths. The length you choose depends on your condition.

  • Ankle length compression socks improve blood circulation in your feet. The socks cover your ankles and feet.
  • Knee length socks cover the calves, ankles and feet.
  • Thigh length hosiery cover your thighs in addition to the calves, ankles and feet.
  • Compression hose cover your pelvic region, your thighs, calves, ankles and feet.

For zippered compression socks, zippers are included on knee-high and thigh-high socks. Ankle length and full hose do not come with zippers.

The length of the hosiery does not determine its degree of efficiency. Knee-length compression socks are as effective as the hose. While the hose covers all your leg region it is also difficult to don and doff. The hose does not come with the zipper as well.

Compression Socks Aesthetics

The socks can be plain colored in bright colors or in navy shades if you are not a fun of colored stockings. Considering you will be wearing this gear for a long period of time choosing the color that appeals to your fashion or color choice is not so bad. Comprogear’s knee-length mountain blue 20-30mmHg socks are perfect for dark color lovers. You can also eliminate color by purchasing Comprogear’s onyx black calf-length compression socks that will enable you to wear the gear boldly.

Compression socks also come in patterns with multiple colors suitable for that adventures look or block the monotony of wearing one type of socks. You can enjoy Comprogear’s savory blue chevrons. The V-shaped patterns beautifully interchange between blue and brown rows on a light blue back ground. Comprogear also has grey socks with white strips and yellow highlights. 

Get Yourself A Zippered Sock

Zippered socks are a necessity if you are strangling with the application process of your compression therapy. It is a better solution to non-compliance or painful tolerance. The zippers improve your leg condition without strain, pain or the possibility of mechanical leg injury from friction and interference or intrusion into a leg wound or an already sore leg.

With quality socks, you do not have to worry about blood clots, edema or slow wound healing. Zippered socks are a great companion at ensuring you trail through your difficult days as they bear the burden of rectifying the condition while dealing gently with your leg. Buy one today for maximum comfort and rapid healing.

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Compression Stockings and Their Function

The general public once had a negative attitude towards compression socks. They were considered ugly and only worn by older people. People also said that the design looks too institutional and should only be worn inside the hospital; not in public. While some of the public still believes in this, many people have come to understand the uses and benefits of compression socks for both the elderly and younger people.

Compression socks are specialized hosiery that is designed to prevent the occurrence of further progression of certain diseases. These garments are made of elastic fibers such as lycra, spandex, cotton, and other microfiber materials. They are worn around the leg to put pressure on the limb.

There are two types of compression socks; graduated cand uniform compression. The uniform compression socks offer equal amounts of pressure through all parts of the stocking. The graduated compression socks offer graduated compression; pressure is tightest at the ankles and it gradually decreases as it goes up the calf.

There are three main functions of compression socks; the first and most common is for medical use. People do not pay enough attention to their legs; especially men. You might say it is normal considering they are furthest from the eyes, and hardly present complications compared to other parts of the body. Unfortunately, this notion has left many diseases leg untreated.

Edema is a common disease that affects the legs and goes untreated among many adults. Edema is actually a medical term for swelling; body parts can swell due to inflammation, and injury. Edema occurs when the small blood vessels leak fluid into nearby tissues. When the extra fluid builds up the tissues swell. When edema affects the legs, ankles, and feet, it is known as peripheral edema.

It presents itself as heavy legs, that are swollen. You will also experience pain in the affected legs and pitting (the skin retains a dimple when pressed). If you have severe edema, you may also experience skin ulcers. Edema is treated with compression socks. Compression socks apply pressure on the tissues that are filled with fluid and squeeze them to release the buildup. This brings swelling down.

The second function of compression socks is to relieve tired legs and help stimulate muscle recovery. You may notice that compression socks are mostly worn by runners, and athletes during and after a marathon or training session. This is because compression socks offer the necessary pressure to help tired legs relax without slowing down circulation which in turn helps with muscle recovery.

Lastly, compression socks help to maintain regular blood circulation. People who fly or travel a lot have their legs at rest. When your legs are at rest, the veins struggle to pump blood back to the heart for reoxygenation. This is because they rely on muscle movement to apply enough pressure to help with circulation. Without this, the blood slows down and causes problems such as varicose veins, and blood clots. Compression socks apply pressure on the veins to keep blood flowing at a regular pace.

Benefits of Compression Socks

Wearing compression socks pose many benefits to your health and beauty. The first benefit of wearing compression socks is the regular circulation of the blood. The vein walls can sometimes expand in diameter due to stress. This causes the valves that prevent backflow to malfunction which in turn leads to the pooling of blood.

Compression socks reduce the diameter of the veins which increases blood pressure and boost circulation. Through improved circulation, compression socks also prevent the formation of blood clots and the onset of deep vein thrombosis. Compression socks also reduce the chances of swelling in the legs.

More than that, compression socks offer beauty-related benefits. The most common is helping with the appearance of varicose veins. Varicose veins are discolored veins of the legs that are also swollen, budging, and painful. Many times, varicose veins are merely a cosmetic problem that does not affect the function of the legs. Other times, they are a gateway to other diseases. Either way, compression socks help to manage the symptoms and appearance of varicose veins.

Styles of Compression Socks

Compression wear comes in differnt options. The most common is knee-high compression socks. Knee high compression socks are those that reach just below the knee; they are the mopst popualr form of compression wear in the market today. They are often worn by nurses, teachers, and anyone who want ot releive tired legs. They are good for patients with medical conditions that affet the lower legs suchs as edema or deep vein thrombosis in one of the deep veinsof the lower legs.

Another popular form of compression socks is thigh-high sdtokings. These reach up to the lower thigh offering graduated compression that lesses as the stocking tracels up.

Another style of compression is toelss; as the name suggests, toeless compression socks cover every part except the legs.

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Answered: How Long Do You Wear Compression Socks?


Let me guess… You went online for a search and saw many different articles that tell you wearing compression socks or compression stockings for 3 hours or 6 hours or even wearing them while you are sleeping at night for the best result! Well, to be fair, there isn’t a specific duration as it depends on your very own health condition especially if you are wearing compression stockings or socks under a doctor’s prescription.

Here are some basic guidelines to help you out of the murky water of what should be the duration of wearing compression socks or stockings to keep you in check. If you are also doing your own research for this piece of information, remember to always check the source of where you are getting your information from as many are considered unreliable. Share that information with your doctor at your nearest clinic if you are uncertain about the many answers you gathered from the internet. Do not risk the risk as your legs are your foundation and without a strong foundation, how do you run to the bar for drinks? 😂

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What Do They Do?

First, let me explain what these amazing socks and stockings do before we head into the analytics on the correct time length of wearing them. They are medical devices invented to help millions of people in the world to achieve better leg health by providing compression support to promote better blood flow. Healthy blood circulation is the key to combating any disease that is lurking around like edema, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), varicose vein, etc. But the problem is, not everyone has time to keep their blood flow in check while everyone is so occupied by their jobs and the bosses they kind of hate. 💁

This is why they come along as an external tool to provide you the support you need to help aid the blood flow or combat any blood flow related problem without having you do too much or anything at all. They fit your legs firmly but gently and exert the pressure to help push your blood towards your heart against the pull of gravity. They are indeed a solid solution for poor leg health. Healthy legs healthy life, right?

Ask Yourself the Right Question

What Do You Need Them For?

Before we deep dive into the question of how long can you actually wear compression socks and compression stockings, you should first ask yourself the ultimate question- Why are you wearing them? Because this will help set the foundation to the very question of this article as each individual’s health condition may vary.

1. Are you a patient of some not so healthy leg conditions caused by poor blood circulation in the lower limbs?

Graphic of healthy blood flow vs unhealthy blood flow

For this scenario, we suggest wearing compression socks with the correct pressure level since they come in varying degrees of compression. Each level is catered to different severity of leg health conditions, which of course, the higher the level is for more severe leg health conditions, typically, you would get a prescription from the clinic. 20-30 mmHg is the first medical-grade that is used to treat all of the above and the wearing time length is subjected to your health condition. 6-8 hours on a daily basis is sufficient but getting a prescription from your nearest clinic is the safest bet for this group of people.

2. Are you looking to relieve the problem of leg and foot pain due to prolonged standing or sitting every day?

  • Flight attendant
  • Businessman
  • Teacher
  • Construction worker
  • Nurses
  • Doctor
  • Waiter/Waitress
  • Frequent traveler

Scenario number two is basically everyone in the world, including me, you, your neighbor, and the high school teacher you hate so much. Every individual in this world is either standing or sitting throughout the whole day every day, except for when they are sleeping of course. So, the problem of swelling and aching lower legs are unavoidable at the end of a long workday. This is why wearing compression socks/stockings during your duty is the best way to relieve leg pain. Circulation socks with the pressure level of 15-20 mmHg are great as a barrier to entry for this group of people as this level provides moderate compression support that will not make you feel uncomfortable but is medically proven to be competent to provide the support you need to relieve soreness of the legs. For this scenario, wearing compression socks or stockings during your duty for 8-10 hours and remove them after your duty ends. On the other hand, for people that travel frequently, just wear them during your flight journey to prevent the infamous Economy Class Syndrome, AKA, Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Go ahead and try it, you will feel the obvious difference by wearing them!

3. Are you a sports enthusiast looking for external support to relieve muscle soreness after your workout?

  • Trail runner 
  • Marathon runner
  • Weight lifting 
  • Gymnast
  • Ice skater
  • Dancer
  • Cyclist
  • Hiker
  • Football player

Compression sleeves for legs are a more popular choice for this group of people to wear during training for muscle support and after training, they will put on compression socks instead to enhance the recovery time and reduce muscle soreness. That being said, how long should you wear compression legwear for if you belong to this group of people? For as long as your training or game lasts! And also another 1-2 hours after training to aid the soreness of your muscles.

4. Are you simply looking for an alternative way to promote better blood circulation for your legs as prevention for those horrible leg diseases you heard of?

We all heard of the saying “prevention is the best treatment”. In this case, wearing compression socks is the best prevention you can get far away from poor leg health. This scenario is kind of similar to group 2 so compression socks of 15-20 mmHg should be what you go for and wear them for as long as your standing and sitting then take them off at the end of the day. Wearing them for 6-8 hours is good enough!

Can You Sleep With Compression Socks On?

Wearing them during your sleep at night? This is a big NO! NO! They are not meant to keep your legs snuggled at night. They are not your legs cuddle buddies! Do you see your best friends 24/7? No, because you need your own space too before you drive each other crazy. The same goes for your legs! The reason for it will help you lose some fat around the area is delusional. Let’s not live in a fantasy and fall for that scam! We are smarter than that! Absolute worst things you could do to your wonderful legs as wearing them to sleep at night could send a bad impact on your health. You want to steer clear of damaging your skin by trapping them too long in compression socks or stockings especially if you are hibernating like a grizzly bear. They are called compressions socks or stockings not sleeping socks or stockings.

The Danger of Over Using Compression Socks or Stockings

Could They Be Harmful to Your Health?

Let’s help you understand better in another way. Do you take vitamins daily for example? Sometimes twice or three times a day if that is what is prescribed? Do you go against it and take them 5 or 10 times a day? No. You will do more damage to health if you did so as you will be overloading your body with them and only create health problems for yourselves. So respectfully ladies and gentlemen, please make sure you read up and adhere to your doctor’s advice so you leave no space for errors. You need to be able to let your skin breathe so you don’t develop problems such as skin infection, skin tearing or even disrupted blood circulation for example. Nasty! Yes, that may happen as they are forcefully being suffocated while you are hibernating. 

Do Not Let Your Health Be Dependant on Them

You don’t want your leg muscles to be so dependant on these support socks and stockings as well that when you are not wearing them you will feel as though you are without crutches. The support provided by wearing them is meant to make your life easier, yes but they are not meant for you to wear 24/7 as if they are what’s holding your legs together. 

Still Lost on How Long You Should Wear Them?

If you are wearing non-medical compression socks or stockings for daily usage then maximum usage should be less than 12 hours on a daily basis. Maximum! You should definitely add these socks to your daily routine as it will help with soreness as you are on your feet constantly (I mean, who doesn’t these days?). As we’ve mentioned adoringly a few times, there are a lot of health benefits to wearing them.

Using circulation/support legwear may help prevent problem like blood flow disruption


Prevention is the best treatment, people! We won’t be young forever so get moving. Get a pair from your nearest pharmacy. Otherwise, check out our site to get a pair of our high-quality compression socks for yourself. I haven’t even told you the best part about purchasing from our site, wait for it… We practice 100% money-back guarantee policy! 😍We can’t wait to be part of your leg health journey!

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Ankle Compression Socks – Best Foot Support (with Pictures!)

Ankle compression socks and stockings include arch/heel support and accelerated blood flow to reduce pain and soreness in the feet

You are definitely at the right spot if you are seeking for the best guide on ankle compression socks for either your athletic activities or your swelling problems. In this guide, you will not only be able to identify ankle compression socks, but you will also peer into the benefits you can derive from wearing them if perhaps you are a newbie and you are reading about these magical socks for the first time.

Besides, I will discuss the benefits, what the rating you could find in any compression legwear mean, the best way to wear them, and the thing you have to verify before you wear any compression socks.

What are Ankle Compression Socks/Support Socks?

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Compression socks are quite different from any type of socks you could find in the store. It is medically applied to improve blood circulation from the legs up to the heart. And why is this vital? You see, each time you stand or walk, the blood present in your legs must work against gravity to go upward to the heart. If a person suffers either mild or chronic circulation problems, the risk of developing blood clots in the leg is undoubtedly very high. Thus, by squeezing the tissue in the leg region, the blood is slowly prevented from pooling.

Impressively, it prevents swelling and edema as it enhances the flow of fluids in the tissue. And just as the name implies, wearing them can be utilized to treat and prevent ankle pain and swelling, as long as the wearer wears them correctly. The application of compression socks is vast, and so are the benefits derived from its use. Let’s explore them successively.

Stunning Benefits of Wearing These Socks

Benefits of compression ankle socks and stockings include arch/heel support and accelerated blood flow to reduce pain and soreness in the feet

These benefits to be discussed aren’t limited to those with health complications. It does serve even those who are healthy.

1. It Reduces Ankle Swelling

Traditionally, wearing compression legwear treat conditions like edema. Patients that are wrestling with edema can now expertly adopt compression ankle socks to manage their health and ultimately reduce swelling in the ankles and feet.

2. Prevent Mild and Severe Injuries

If your area of specialty is sports, you wouldn’t be new to regular injuries sustained. You might have even suffered such in the past. They will reduce muscle vibration and other vibrations that are linked to injuries like shin splints.

3. Muscle Stabilization

Medical professionals have discovered that ankle compression stockings are effective for stabilizing muscles. No wonder, folks that are in dire need of muscle stabilization must seek for compression ankle socks. When wearing them, vibration will be reduced, and this will limit muscle destabilization.

4. Better Blood Circulation

Amazingly, recent studies have given a clue to the effectiveness of compression socks, it says that:  “compression socks could lead the arteries in the legs to largely dilate, thus leading to increased blood flow in an active person and in someone recovering from an injury.”

5. Halt Swelling During Travel

You might have seen a few folks wear compression socks when on the airplane, and you wonder: “why are you on this?” Well, you need not wonder again! Changes in elevation, as a result of sitting for a very long time, can lead to swelling of the hands and feet. But when you got these magical socks on, such swelling and discomfort are eradicated.

6. Faster Recovery Time

In the introductory part, I explained that blood has to flow against gravity. The application of compression socks for ankle helps significantly in fighting the effect of gravity on the flow of blood, thus limiting recovery time when a person is engaging in athletic activities.

7. Accelerated Injury Recovery

If injured, recovery could take a lot of time. Needless I say that it would not let you engage in those activities you cherish. Well, the application of compression ankle socks will help your injuries to heal faster by preventing another irritation in the affected region. In fact, it would also let you engage in such activity.

8. Prevent Varicose Veins

This is a situation that is not pleasing to the eye. It is, indeed, unsightly. On top of that, it’s even painful. With the right compression legwear, the varicose vein can be prevented from forming, and it can also treat the forming of varicose vein.

Thus, either you are seeking for the right compression socks for a marathon race, or you just want to ease, quicken, and limit your swelling in the ankles and feet, you can benefit if you invest in the right, quality type of compression socks.

But unfortunately, it isn’t every compression ankle socks that you see in the market are designed with quality in mind. Thus, potential wearers of compression ankle socks would find it helpful to explore essential things to verify before they purchase particular compression socks for ankle.

Before You Buy Them – Check for These!

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Either you are buying your first pair of compression ankle socks, or you are purchasing your second pair. Do not toil with these essential things that desire incredible verification. They can make a world of difference!

  • Durability

Some compression ankle socks will fall apart the first time you wear them in the washer or by hand. Do you want to settle down with something like that? Evidently no! Therefore, when you want to purchase an ankle compression sock, check that they are made to be durable. And the standard for durability is that they are made with reinforced toes, heels, and extra strength.

  • Size

This might require some level of expertise, but it isn’t difficult. You must surely be keen on your size because it is one of the key factors in getting the right compression ankle socks. The ankle socks you are getting must not be too small, nor too big. Too small will give excessive constriction; too large will give less or no compression at all, making your desire to get a these socks futile.

  • Material

The wide array of ankle compression stockings are designed from a variety of numerous materials. Each material has its pros and cons. Although primarily, microfiber woven with spandex and lycra can be used alongside the primary material, cotton, several other materials could also be woven into the fabrics to give added features.

  • Style

Fashionistas would find delight in the part. Decades ago, it was a different story, compression legwear was heavy, bulky, and even in some cases, ugly. But that’s bygone! Modern designs come with stunning colors and patterns that are inviting, sizzling, and beautiful. When you see one, it might be so irresistible that you will buy it.

  • Pressure Rating

All ankle socks don’t come with the same compression levels. They come with different compression ratings. Thus, after verifying the levels you are to wear, walk to a medical store with the compression level you have measured. Well, you should start your compression from the least, and over time, you gradually increase them. As an addition, the measurement of these pressure support is done in millimeters of mercury (mmHg). It’s common to find the majority of over the counter socks to present 15 to 20mmHg, while medical-grade ones will extend to 50mmHg.

  • Lightweight

You might still run into some medical store and find heavy compression socks. But don’t buy them. Even if you are told that they have to be heavy to give you the right compression, reject it. Compression socks shouldn’t necessarily be heavy. Seek for those that are incredibly light and will offer sufficient pressure support.

  • Moisture Wicking

If the compression ankle socks do not feature this, never make a purchase, especially if you will be wearing them for an extended time. If they are designed with moisture-wicking properties, it will keep your feet extremely dry and comfortable.

  • Washability

It isn’t all compression socks that can be washed. For some, the moment you remove, the compression loose and falls. Therefore, if you will want to use them whenever you exercise, seek the one that can be washed without any damage.

  • Breathable

I’d insist that breathability is one of the essential things that compression ankle socks should offer you. They should not suffocate your feet. Seek for materials like microfiber and cotton in any stockings; these will give you breathable material. But when materials like spandex and lycra are added, the breathability is taking away.

Compression ankle socks and stockings include arch/heel support and accelerated blood flow to reduce pain and soreness in the feet

Most times, it is nice to have your requirements listed before you head on to the medical store. Also, to verify if those requirements you have are valid, you might show a pharmacist or a physician. If you show them at the medical store, they might lure you into buying compression legwear that wouldn’t be beneficial for you.

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So, make your list handy before you walk in. Even if this list looks too huge to remember, your health depends on it. The better the condition of your health, the better your entire well being. If the quality of product is high, the better and faster your condition will lessen.

Wearing Compression Ankle Socks – Things to Note!

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Realistically, compression ankle socks aren’t harmful! However, some individuals should desist from the use of these socks. This list includes:

  • Conditions that lead to skin lesions
  • Those who suffer from peripheral neuropathy
  • Anyone that suffers from peripheral artery conditions
  • Any individual that has conditions that could lead to dermatitis.
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For sound and healthy individuals, they must wear their socks efficiently. Certainly, how you wear your sock sure matters a lot. Therefore, whenever you want to wear, lay your ankle compression socks flat against the skin and do not allow it to fold over or get wrinkled. 

Experts have investigated that folded compression legwear will mount excessive pressures on one portion of the limb, which will then lead to severe or mild injury. At this spot, it is highly recommended that you consult your physician before you start to wear. Or, if you nurture the desire to make any changes, ensure that you are guided before you do.

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Even though your socks could look similar to the regular socks that you see around, maybe due to the modern design added, compression ankle socks should not be worn like these regular socks. Therefore, follow this guide presented. Have any inquiries? Your doctor is sure ready to sail you through.

The Summary

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Are you convinced that compression ankle socks are sure an essential gear everyone (excluding those with some conditions) should wear? Definitely! You’ve seen how folks with severe disease can be assisted to enhance their blood flow, increase their performance, and limit swelling. Your quest for understanding has been met, isn’t it? What is the next line of action?

To get yourself a quality pair! Don’t forget that the compression ankle socks you will be needing must fit you well. If you need further research on this or related subject, there is a vast array of articles on this website that will give you a modern and right guide. They will serve you well.

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In selecting a brand, you have to be tactful. Many brands profess to manufacture quality compression legwear, but when checked, they could either not give the right compression or get spoilt within a short time. Therefore, the importance of reviews can’t be overemphasized. Before you buy, check for sellers’ reviews; what are fellow buyers saying? Are they recommending them or they vow never to use their service again? Answers to these questions will make bring excellent rewards.

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Compression Socks Mens: (Guide of Men’s Best Socks!)

Introduction- The Best Guide

Man wearing men's compression socks/support socks of 20-30 mmHg

There are 3 major reasons why people wear socks in general. The first reason is comfort. In most cases, it is more comfortable when you wear your shoes with socks on than without. Another reason why people wear them was for fashion. The various styles and colors could easily complement the shoes and clothing of a man, thereby, enhancing his appearance. The third major reason people wear shoes is to absorb sweat from their legs as opposed to the sweat entering directly into the shoes. This could result in a foul smell when they pull off the shoe as well as make the inside of the shoes to deteriorate faster. Thankfully, technological innovations and advancement did not leave socks or stockings behind in the fashion world as a medical reason to wear them. This is especially applicable to compression socks.

What are Compression Socks? (Also Known as Support Socks)

Man wearing a pair of men's compression socks/support socks of 20-30 mmHg

Compression socks are designed with the ability to prevent the occurrence of disorders in the vein. In instances where there are already disorders, it helps to avoid further deterioration of the disorders. Compression socks are garments with elastic properties that compress the limb when they are put on. The effects of the compression socks on the leg include:

  • Increase in valve effectiveness
  • Increase in the velocity of blood flow in the vein
  • Reduction of distended veins diameter

Why Should Men Wear Compression Socks?

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Men wear compression socks for two major reasons. The traditional reasons include fashion, comfort, and sweat absorption as well as for medical reasons. There are various medical conditions that compression socks can help in relieving and preventing. Compression socks are effective in the prevention of troubles in the veins and to relieve every type of chronic disease in the vein. The medical conditions for men for which compression socks are often recommended are to be discussed subsequently.

  • Phlebitis
Wearing compression socks can prevent and treat phlebitis

This is a situation where clotting and inflammation happen in the vein, especially one the veins in the leg. The causes of this situation include trauma, inflammation, and infection. The situation is common among those suffering from varicose veins. Sudden inflation occurs, resulting in the thrombus adhering firmly to the wall of the vein with a risk of the superficial vein getting clogged.

  • Lymphedema
Wearing compression socks can prevent and treat lymphedema

This is another condition that compression socks are effective in relieving. This condition occurs when there is a swelling in a part of the body due to abnormal lymph fluid accumulation. The issue occurs when the normal lymph fluid drainage is blocked. Body parts commonly affected include the abdomen, neck, leg, and arm. When the problem is in the legs, then it is easy to control it with the aid of compression stockings.

  • Deep Vein Thrombosis
Wearing compression socks can prevent and treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

This condition occurs when there is a decrease in the flow of blood, resulting in the pooling of blood in the legs. This could subsequently result in thrombus (blood clot) formation. This condition could arise when an individual is taking a long flight, especially for more than 7 hours. The use of compression socks is very effective in curbing the situation.

  • Varicose Vein
Wearing compression socks can prevent and treat varicose vein

This is a situation where there is a considerable expansion of the distended and saccular veins. This could cause painful inflammation of the veins. When this situation occurs, there will be the need for treatment, including the use of compression stocks, for the varicose vein to disappear. Varicose veins formation is a visible external sign of weak veins.

  • Chronic Venous Insufficiency
Wearing compression socks can prevent and treat venous reflux disease

Chronic insufficiency of the vein is when deoxygenated blood cannot be pumped back to the earth. Usually, there is a need for blood circulation to continue to and fro the heart regularly and continuously. This process could be difficult especially at the lower parts of the body such as the leg since the blood has to travel upwards. Fortunately, compression socks can aid this process of blood flowing upwards from the legs.

  • Edema
Wearing compression socks can prevent and treat edema

Edema occurs when opposite forces within the capillaries and small blood vessels result in a net plasma water ultrafiltration into soft tissues.

Men with poor leg health should wear compression socks for treatment

All of the medical conditions listed above could cause a lot of inconvenience in the legs. Fortunately, by simply wearing compression socks, a lot of relief can be achieved for all of these medical conditions. This is not just a general claim as medical doctors in hospitals recommend compression socks for people suffering from these conditions. In some cases, this would be alongside some other medications. It is also worth mentioning that wearing them can speed up recovery from an injury.

How do Compression Socks Work?

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The major factor that causes the vein conditions that occur on the leg is the difficulty in blood flowing upwards due to issues with the vein. The issues with the vein could include an infection or a distended vein that makes it difficult for proper blood flow to be achieved. A reduction in valve effectiveness also significantly hampers blood flows and could result in problems within the veins that could lead to blood clotting. Thus, compression socks come in handy as compression socks reduce distended veins’ diameter. This brings the diameter of the vein to the normal size or closer to the normal size. The implication is an increase in the velocity of blood flow in the vein. Compression socks also work by enhancing the effectiveness of the valves in the vein. The valves are also a vital component in blood circulation. With this, normal or very close to normal blood flow can be achieved. Thus, pain and other side effects of the vein problems will not be felt once the compression socks are properly used.

What to Consider When Buying Compression Socks?

Browse and Compare Before You Buy

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There are some factors you want to consider when you are shopping for compression socks. Some of the factors are discussed subsequently.

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  • Quality
Black compression socks/support socks for men of 20-30 mmHg

You should ensure that you buy quality compression socks whenever you want to buy one. This is to avoid a case where you buy a cheap sock that will not be effective in treating the vein conditions for which you might be buying it. Furthermore, the quality could also influence how long you will be able to use the socks. You do not want the sock fading, getting torn or becoming completely inelastic within a few days of weeks of purchasing them. Thus, getting quality compression socks is very important. Comprogear compression socks are recommended as they have high quality and are very durable.

  • Cost
Compression socks for men of 20-30 mmHg in blue

Another factor you want to consider is the cost of the compression socks. Compression socks should be affordable. This way, you would be able to get some numbers in different colors and styles to fit your needs. You might need to wear different colors that will complement your shoe and cloth color. However, it is important not to sacrifice quality on the altar of price as you might find yourself in a pennywise, pound foolish situation. Compression socks cost a bit more than regular socks. Thus, quality stockings will not be as cheap as regular socks, neither would you need to break the bank before buying them. It is possible to get decent compressions socks for below $30.

  • Type and Color
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Another factor to consider while buying compression socks is the type and colors. Most men often love to buy black stockings because it is compatible with virtually every type of clothing and shoe. However, you might also want to consider investing in brown color and white color socks. You might also want to have some plain colored sock and stripe colored sock. In terms of type, it is important to look out for a compression sock that is made for men. You do not want to appear for an occasion wearing a pantyhose compression sock as a man.

Can I wear compression socks even if I do not have problems with my vein?

Men wearing a pair of black compression socks of 20-30 mmHg for men

It is possible to wear compression socks when you do not have any problems with your vein. You will also get to enjoy a lot of benefits from wearing compression socks even when you are healthy. A major advantage of wearing compression socks even when you are healthy is the fact that it can help to prevent all of these vein conditions when you wear them regularly and properly. After all, it is generally agreed that prevention is better than cure. The only people that might avoid compression socks or wear them only with medical guidance are those that are suffering from circulation problems, pulmonary edema, dermatitis, skin infections, and peripheral neuropathy.

Tips for Using Compression Socks for Men

Some tips could aid your quest for buying the right pair.

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  • Brand

It is important to buy the right brand when you want to buy compression socks. The better brand will last longer than the poor brands. While the poor brands will be cheaper initially, the rate at which you will change them could make them more expensive in the long run apart from the inconveniences of shopping regularly; you will not get the best results.

  • Easy Wearing Strategy

It could sometimes be difficult to put on your compression stockings. Struggling with the sock, especially when using force to wear it, could result in snagging the sock. The use of latex gloves could make the whole process easier. It is also advisable to remove watches and rings from your hand before putting them on.

  • Buy Different Colors

It is best to have at least 2 compression socks to avoid some health risks. If you want to get only two, you could get a dark color and a light color that will fit all your outfits. However, you could invest in more numbers so that you can vary at will and always have a good option for your outfits.

  • Fit

It is important to buy a compression sock that is for your size of leg. The sock should not be too tight or too loose. Thus, check the charts and instructions of the manufacturer and pick just the right size for you.

Conclusion- Increase your Day-to-Day Performance

Purple knee high compression socks/circulation socks 20-30 mmHg for men

The use of compression socks and compression stockings come in handy for a wide range of reasons. Wearing compression socks is a great preventive measure to avoid unhealthy leg medical conditions. Men and women can both wear compression socks or compression stockings as they are a unisex product. Also, browse and compare before you purchase and read the product description to know what you are buying into and select the right compression level wisely. Last but not least, read reviews of the products if you are purchasing online and don’t believe any advertisement that claims to be “one-size-fits-all” because they are not true at all!

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Compression Socks For Edema – (The Ultimate Guide!)


Have you ever go to work in the morning like you can conquer the world and when you reached home at the end of the day after your long work shift, you are like, “dang, my legs and feet are aching and swelling like elephant legs!” Because I do! Whenever I am on my feet too much, or maybe sitting for too long, I will find my legs so “bloated” and very sore. I bet a lot of you have the same condition as me because this is one of the most common leg symptoms billions of people face nowadays. This is a condition called Edema in the medical term. Today, we are going to talk about how wearing compression socks can prevent and treat those achy legs and feet to keep the Edema away from us.

What is Edema?

Graphic of fluids retention in the legs

First, let’s hit the basics. Edema is a health condition in which the body parts swell due to a number of reasons like injury or inflammation. It can occur to any part of the body but the lower legs are the most common parts. It refers to excessive fluid accumulation, or you may call it water retention in the interstitial space outside the blood vessels, which is one of the most common clinical symptoms.

When your legs swell, it affects your ankles and feet too and your skin surface would look “shiny”. This is because of the fluid trapped/build-up in the surrounding body tissues underneath your skin and the leaking of fluids from your veins.

Two Types of Edema

Pedal and peripheral are the two types of edema that most common for swelling in the legs, ankles, and feet. Pedal edema may be due to temporary conditions, a venous or lymphatic obstruction, or a symptom of an underlying disease. Peripheral edema results from excess fluid diffused into tissues from the peripheral vascular system. Both forms of edema can make it difficult to walk and wear shoes. When pressed, a pit or indentation in the swollen skin may remain.

What Causes Edema?

Reasons that Cause Legs to Swell

Edema is caused mainly due to poor blood or lymphatic circulation, typically. Like sitting or standing for too long, those could be the number one reasons for edema to occur. Other than that, malnutrition, low plasma protein, renal and endocrine regulation disorders could be the causes too. It is also a condition that is common for patients with congestive heart failure, liver and kidney disease, nutritional deficiencies and also for pregnant women, especially during the third trimester.

As mentioned above, edema is a common symptom especially during an injury when the body part is healing. For example, bumping into something or even an ankle sprain can cause edema to occur. That is because additional tissue fluid is summoned to come help speed up the healing process. As the healing progresses, the excess fluid will slowly leave the body part and the swelling will go down too.

Who is at Risk of Edema?

As mentioned above, standing or sitting for too long is the number one reason causing the legs to swell and ache. If you think about it, it’s literally every occupation and everyone in the whole world! Let’s look at who is on the list.

  • Waiters/Waitress
  • Teachers
  • Office workers
  • Nurses
  • Doctors
  • Chefs
  • Policemen
  • Security Guards
  • Athletes
  • Flight attendants
  • Frequent travelers
  • Pregnant women
  • Housewives/Mothers

The list can go on and on. All of the people above and more are at risk of suffering from Edema because of the extended period of hours they need to stand and sit each day. Other than Edema, they are also at risk of getting other leg diseases associated with poor blood circulation in the legs, like:

  • Venous reflux disease (Chronic venous insufficiency)
  • Varicose veins
  • Spider veins
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Venous ulcers
  • Lymphedema
  • Phlebitis
  • Lipodermatosclerosis

It is worth mentioning that a series of poor leg health conditions can manifest into Edema and Chronic Venous Insufficiency is probably ranked number one among all leg diseases.

Venous Reflux Disease

Chronic Venous Insufficiency is also known as Venous Reflux Disease. It is a condition where your vein valves are damaged and are unable to function the way they should. Typically, venous valves consist of two elastic tissue flaps to open and close in alternation. This action enables blood to flow to another vein through the valve.

So, when these valves are weak and damaged, your blood flow is not in control and in most cases, they start to flow backward instead and cause the blood to pool in the lower extremities. Why the legs if you wonder? It is because the body must move your blood towards the heart against the gravitational effect, which is the law of nature that makes everything stick as close to the core of the earth (duh). In this case, your blood too. This is why your body relies on these venous valves and muscle contractions to push the blood upward and in case you don’t realize that yet, healthy blood circulation is the key to lasting health, my dear readers.

Unfortunately, due to sitting and standing all day (the ultimate murderer of healthy blood flow), we are bound to get some unhealthy leg symptoms. Some are more severe than another in some cases, which are medical conditions that if left untreated, could lead to a health crisis. I kid you not! Let’s reel it back in before I scared everyone off this article.

Too put it in a simple format for you to understand easier:

Standing or sitting too long ➡️Tired leg muscles & Damaged venous valves ➡️Poor blood circulation in the legs ➡️Edema

See, it’s not so hard to understand how and why your legs are swelling and aching, isn’t it? Although Edema is not a severe leg symptom, it can cause some serious discomforts in the legs, ankles, and feet. There are some remedies online that suggest you lean your legs on the wall while lying with your back on the floor or the bed for 30 minutes every day to reduce the soreness in the leg that is caused by Edema and of course, Edema itself. The logic behind is to let the blood flow directly to your heart when you raise your legs high but man, I ain’t got time for that ****! 😒

Edema- Best Treatment and Prevention

Wearing Compression Socks/Stockings for Better Blood Flow

While that remedy is direct and most probably effective, it is hard to maintain that as a habit every day. I did try it before and after doing that for 10 minutes or so, your legs will start to feel numb and it’s not very comfortable, which made it hard to maintain the exercise. Plus, I want to watch TV after work, not stare at the ceilings contemplating my life for 30 minutes while not being able to feel my legs. 😩

This is where I tell you the secret to prevent and treat Edema- Wearing compression stockings or compression socks. Compression socks and compression stockings are medical devices created to treat unhealthy leg conditions, with Edema being one of them. And Venous Reflux Disease too. They are knitted from a variety of materials that will stretch and hug your legs tightly but not causing them to be uncomfortable.

How Do They Work?

The difference between regular socks and stockings between compression socks/stockings is that the compression pressure exerted on the legs by the latter is medically proven to be competent in helping accelerate and promote blood flow in the legs. They function under the principles of exerting the most pressure around the ankle, less in the calf and lesser around the knee or thigh (depends on what length of compression socks/stockings you go for). This distribution of pressure is called the graduated or gradient compression pressure and they help your muscles to push the blood upwards against gravity. This is highly efficient in combating any poor leg condition or even just to ease the discomfort of your lower extremities because of your improved blood circulation.

When Should You Wear Compression Socks/Stockings?

Wearing compression stockings/socks are the most time-efficient exercise you can practice every day to maintain healthy legs as they look like your regular socks or stockings that you most probably wear to work every day. Since every job these days requires every individual to be on their feet or sit throughout the entire shift, it is recommended to wear them during your duty. You will notice the visible difference at the end of your workday that your legs are much more energized than how they usually are compared to without wearing compression legwear.

Do take note that although wearing compression socks/stockings are great for treating edema, it is not recommended to overwear them as in wearing them for an extended period of time. A standard 8-10 hours on a daily basis is more than sufficient, any more than that is considered way too much to be worn on a daily basis. Also, do not wear compression legwear to sleep as it could cause blood flow disruption in the lower extremities. Why is that? When you sleep, your legs and your heart are on the same horizontal level which is why there is no need to wear them during your sleep.

The Final Reminder

Choosing the Right Compression Pressure Level

While wearing them are the superheroes to your unhealthy leg conditions nightmare, choosing the compression legwear with the right compression pressure level is the key to combat Edema.

Compression socks of 15-20 mmHg exert light to moderate compression pressure on your legs and is a great barrier to entry for someone that never worn compression legwear before. It is great for ordinary daily use. This level of compression pressure helps reduce minor to moderate leg conditions like varicose and spider veins, edema, as well as aching and soreness of the legs and feet.

Consult a doctor if you are unsure of which compression pressure level you should go for before purchasing your compression socks.

Any compression pressure higher than 20 mmHg is considered as medical-grade and they come in varying degrees to treat varying severity leg conditions. For a more detailed compression therapy guide, click on the magical link portal and it will transport you there. But still, I will briefly mention here that compression pressure above 40 mmHg is considered very high and shall be prescribed by a doctor. DO NOT self-prescribe this level of compression socks and stockings as it is harmful to health if worn by the wrong person.

The End

No More Achy and Swelling Legs!

I hope you understand both Edema and compression socks/stockings better by now. It is not a severe health crisis but it is a consistent discomfort that will affect our day-to-day life if left untreated. Most importantly, who wants to go for drinks at the bar after work when your legs are in pain and beg you not to? Other than trying to move around every other 30 minutes to stretch the calf muscles, getting a pair of these amazing socks for yourself might be the best alternative to greater leg health.

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Women’s Compression Socks 20-30 mmHG – (Selection & Styles!)

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Short Compression Socks – Best (Selection, Value, & Quality!)

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Open Toe Compression Stockings – Complete Guide (with Pictures!)

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Best Compression Socks for Varicose Veins – (Best Quality!)

veins with compression socks

If you Google up what compression socks are, you will discover that they are manufactured from stretchy, snug-fitting material that’s primarily designed to exert pressure to lower legs. Also, you will likely find out that they are used for varying conditions. Out of these conditions, varicose veins are one of them. However, with the abundance of compression socks in the market today, both online and offline, it’s not every sock that can be used to treat varicose veins, hence the term “best compression socks for varicose veins.”

In this article, we will focus on the four best compression socks for varicose veins. Still, for a good understanding of this guide, we will need to understand what varicose veins are, why it is vital to get the best compression socks for it, the types available, and how you can benefit from the best types.

What are Varicose Veins?

image of leg with varicose veins

Varicose veins are medical conditions in the lower extremities. They are swollen and enlarged veins that often occur on the feet and legs. They happen whenever the tiny valves inside the veins are damaged. If these valves fail to function properly, blood will flow backward and gather in the vein, leading it to swell.

Varicose veins usually appear to be blue and purple. Other signs could include muscle cramps and burn in the area affected; in fact, it could occur in the swollen ankles and feet. For the majority of people, some symptoms come worse during warm weather.

If your varicose veins are leading to intense discomfort and pain, you’d be required to treat using medication. At the initial stage, it’s treatable with the use of compression socks. Your physician might ask that you wear compression socks and that you should increase the number of physical activities you engage in.

Furthermore, the majority of people find help to limit the look and symptoms that are related to the condition. If the veins keep on with excruciating discomfort and pain, your doctor might then request that you go beyond the use of compression socks. They might prescribe sclerotherapy, vein ligation, or endothermal. So, is your condition still manageable with compression socks? Great! You’ll need compression socks. But what causes varicose veins? 

Causes of Varicose Veins in the Legs

As explained earlier, varicose veins are bulging veins that are an eyesore. Under an ideal condition, the blood is pumped through the body by the heart. The blood pumps from the heart and flows to the arteries and transfers oxygen and other essential nutrients to every area of the body. This blood then returns to the heart through the veins. The relaxation and contraction of muscles assist the flow of blood back to the heart, and this excellently helps in pushing the blood toward the heart.

In the legs, blood must flow against the force of gravity. The squeezing of the leg muscles aids in forcing the blood upwards straight to the heart. To make sure that the flow of blood does not stop in the veins due to the push of gravity, the valves in the veins act as stoppers. They let blood flow via the heart, but stop the backward flow of blood. The moment the valves fail to function in their best capacity, the blood is allowed to flow in a reversal position via the veins. This is incredibly identified as venous insufficiency. The moment the blood begins to gather and pool in the veins, they will start to bulge, and thereafter, you will begin to see what we call varicose veins.

This condition is usually common in legs due to its aided pressure from the force of gravity. In other parts of the body, the weakened or ineffective valves could still prevent the backward flow of blood. Nevertheless, in the legs, the additional force can be too large for the valves to handle. But how does compression socks help with varicose veins

How Compression Socks Help Treat Varicose Veins?

image showing treatment for varicose veins

One of the effective ways to treat varicose veins is the application of compression stockings. They work by promoting the circulation of blood in the legs. This means that they help in forcing the blood to flow back up to the heart. The majority of compression socks are graduated; this means that they have a decreasing strength of exerting pressure up the leg. By being tight at the ankle region, and gradual reduction of pressure up the leg, the blood is helped to move upward off their legs. The compression also squeezes on the veins and this helps provide less area through which the blood can flow. This forces an increase in the rate of blood flow.

These two effects function together to enhance the flow of blood off the legs to the heart, which then leads to freshly oxygenated blood to flow from the heart to the arteries region in replacing the removed blood. Compression socks are capable of helping the body to drive the blood against that force of gravity back to the heart. This limits the tendency of developing varicose veins.

Compression socks do not only help in enhancing blood circulation, but it also reduces the appearance of varicose veins, especially if a person has a risk factor. Additionally, it minimizes the existence of varicose veins. Thus, in a sense, it prevents, it manages and enhances the functions of the veins. Therefore, it prevents any veins near the surface of the skin to expand, since the socks squeeze the skin. This gets rid of the tendency of blood to pool and lead to bulging. It is essential to highlight that compression socks will not eradicate existing varicose veins. But yes, they will help in relieving the symptoms and reducing the effects and level of varicose veins. Furthermore, they will not treat the underlying cause of venous insufficiency, which leads to varicose veins to appear in the first instance.

Are There Risks that Come from Using Compression Socks for Varicose Vein?

There are no risks that come from the use of the best compression socks for varicose veins. They do not result in serious complications. But there is a caution! You will have no complications or significant side effects if you are wearing the right fit. But if you aren’t on your right fit, wearers are advised to examine their legs daily to check for changes like skin irritation or redness. Should you notice any changes in your skin color, visit your doctor and explain your condition, he’ll verify the ideal problem, either you have an infection, or you have an infection, or you aren’t wearing the right fit.

There are some folks with huge leg swellings, skin infections, and open wounds that must not use compression socks. Additionally, the use isn’t recommended for those diagnosed with PAD (peripheral artery disease) or CAF (congestive heart failure)

Now, it’s time to examine the best compression socks for varicose veins.

Best Varicose Veins Compression Stockings

question on the best compression stockings

There are so many types of compression socks meant for varicose veins. They vary in two distinct ways. They are classified by length and by the strength of compression.

For the length of compression, they also vary. Nevertheless, the most common types are the thigh-length and knee-length. Also, you can get compression socks at ankle length, but for varicose veins, they are not appropriate for the condition. Finally, they can also come as full-length pantyhose.

To determine the length that is appropriate for you, it will solely depend on the area in which your varicose veins have developed. Experiences have shown that they are usually common in the lower legs since this area has the highest gravity to work against. For that reason, knee-length compression socks are the most effective for varicose veins. And interestingly, these are the types that this article will feature.

Apart from the length, the strength is another thing worthy of consideration for varicose veins. It can begin from as little as 8mmHg to 40mmHg. For clarity, compression socks that range from 15-20mmHg will have a compressive strength of 20mmHg around the ankle region and then 15mmHg at the top of the socks.

Compression socks usage has increased for years. While in the past, compression socks seem like a gear you will only find on grandmothers. Technology has drastically changed this. But sadly, some still have that appearance today. The brands are not fashionable and fail to keep up with their claims. Interestingly, the aesthetic appeal of the best compression stockings doesn’t limit the quality and effectiveness. Instead, it enhances the use and makes it fascinating to wear. The types of fabrics used for the best examples of compression socks make it possible for the socks to wicks off moisture and offer breathability.

So, which compression socks are the best for you? Let’s check these models of compression stockings that will make the best pick for you.

1. ComproGear Savory Blue Knee High Socks

ComproGear Savory Blue Knee High Socks

This is a graduated compression sock that ranges from 20-30mmHg. And it is perfect for varicose veins. To enhance its aesthetic appearance, it comes with a stunning savory blue color, a color that you would always want to wear all day. The material makes this pick a fitting one for you. It is manufactured with 65% nylon and 35% Spandex.

These specific socks are designed to hug your leg tightly all day to reduce the expansion of your veins. In fact, it will help you increase athletic recovery within a short while. The design wouldn’t make wearing difficult for you. And for sure, in stark contrast to the old fashioned brands that might still come scratchy, these brands are excellently built to avert such feelings and give maximum comfort and ease.

2. ComproGear Sunset Stripes Knee High Compression Stockings

ComproGear Sunset Stripes Knee High Compression Stockings

How does wearing compression socks that give your leg an incredible sunset stripes feel? That is what you get from this brand. It is designed to assist with a fascinating sunset stripes color. By offering a compression level of 20-30mmHG, you can be confident that your varicose veins would be well managed, and it will prevent further complications.

The comfort level is heavenly, and this is due to the remarkable material it comes with. It is designed from 65% nylon and 35% spandex; amazingly, you can be sure that your socks will prevent moisture and will offer breathability.

3. ComproGear Knee-length Mountain Blue Hose

ComproGear Knee-length Mountain Blue Hose

Coming with an incredible design of a mountain blue color, you have a gear that you would want to flaunt all day. The beauty of these socks isn’t in the aesthetic alone, it is also built for incredible quality, and the compression ranges from 20-30mmHg, a level that is excellent for preventing and managing varicose veins. The material composition isn’t a disappointment too! It is made of 65% nylon and 35% spandex. This gives assurance that your varicose veins can be well handled.

4. Comprogear Onyx Knee High Black Hosiery

Comprogear Onyx Knee High Black Hosiery

Potential users can be confident that comfort and ideal treatment will be obtained from the application of these compression socks. It has a compression level that ranges from 20-30mmHg that will make wearing and removing pretty easy. It isn’t designed to pattern the old fashion style that you can find in some stores. Instead, it is designed with an Onyx black color. Manufactured with a material of 35% spandex and 65% nylon, you can be sure that it will wick off moisture.

Where you able to pick a type that fits your needs? Then, you’ve gotten socks to manage your varicose condition well. But if you are quite observant, you could notice that these four brands of socks are from Comprogear, thus you might think: “why must I pick from this firm? I’ll show you some convincing reasons to do that.

Impressive reasons to Choose ComproGear Compression Socks

Each pair you purchase on the Comprogear website is fully backed up with a 100% guarantee policy. If you are buying on Comprogear and the size you got isn’t your fit, you don’t have to panic, another pair that fits you, based on your requirement will be sent to you.

Return Policy. If you didn’t find the right size, your money will be refunded without delay or charges.

But, there is a difference between wearing the best compression socks and wearing them in a way that will make you benefit fully. Thus, how could that be accomplished? Let’s examine them:

Ways to Benefit From the Best Compression Hosiery for Varicose Veins

Compression socks mustn’t feel overly tight on legs. Although, there should be an adjustment period, yet, if after a few days, you still didn’t feel any reduction or you didn’t feel any change, then it would be nice to reduce the strength of the compression. Yes, the best compression socks should feel snug but not too tight.

For an excellent result against varicose veins, wear compression socks all day. Start as soon as you wake up. When they are not worn, even though it is the best compression socks, they will not provide any remarkable effect.

It isn’t a must to keep them on when you sleep at night, but if you get a doctor’s advice, do not fail to adhere. Wonder why it’s not really recommended to wear at night? When you sleep, you are always horizontal, and this means that the flow of blood does not need to work against gravity. Thus, wearing it when you are sleeping becomes less necessary.

For continuity and best results, it is recommended that you have more than one pair. After a few months, your compression will begin to lose strength, therefore, change as soon as you notice that. And if you will be wearing them for an extended time, always replace every 3-6 months.

They aren’t meant for everyone, hence, see your doctor before you decide to wear one.


You can take advantage of these four best compression socks for varicose veins and get yourself a quality pair. After purchase, always wash them daily so they can return to their original purpose. In preventing the elastic fibers from being damaged, handwash your socks. Assuredly, if you care well for your socks, you will have your best compression socks last long.

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ComproGear Zip Sock – (Different Sizes And Colors)

Inasmuch as compression socks have been around for a long time, there are a couple of drawbacks associated with them. Most times, these drawbacks can be very annoying and have discouraged a lot of people from using these compression socks. Of all the drawbacks associated with compression socks, ease of use involving putting on the socks and taking them off is one of the most common. Many individuals struggle with this drawback, especially seniors, individuals having trouble with arm strength, and people finding it difficult to lean far over. There are also conditions that could deteriorate by just bending all the way down to your foot. Luckily, old technology has finally met with the latest wear innovation in the form of ComproGear Zip Socks. These socks have become an easy solution to a major drawback associated with compression socks. You can find out more about these awesome ComproGear Zip Socks in this article.

Intro to ComproGear Zip Sock

ComproGear Zip Socks

ComproGear zip Socks are the solution to compression socks that are hard to put on. Often sold as a pair, these socks guarantee you get comfortable compression as well as support in areas you need them the most. With the zip, they are really easy and give a perfect fit at all times. For easy access, you can get the ones with an external zip. People who prefer a more discreet option often go for a zip on the inside. At the top of the zip is a handy loop that you can conveniently grab onto and use to pull down or pull up the zip.

Zip socks

These socks are used in compression therapy to boost the blood to tissues that are prone to circulation issues. Diabetics and people with circulatory disorders who are suffering from tingling, numb, and cold limbs need these socks to feel better. With the compression from these socks, the liquid will no longer gather and cause tissues to swell when a person sits or stands for too long. More so, ComproGear zip socks are suitable for reducing the risk of DVT in people who wear them on long haul flights.

Zip sock with a handy loop
Zip sock with a handy loop

Benefits of Wearing Comprogear Zip Socks

Benefits of wearing ComproGear zip socks
Benefits of wearing ComproGear zip socks

The added zipper feature of ComproGear Zip Socks, which is usually accompanied by an open toe design, offers a lot of benefits.

Open-toe design
Open-toe design
Closed-toe design
Closed-toe design

Here are some of the main benefits of wearing ComproGear Zip Socks:

Convenience: ComproGear zip socks are very easy to put on. All you have to do is unzip the sock before donning it. After putting your foot through the appropriate foot hole and pulling it to the designated length, simply zip the sock back up.

Convenient zip socks
Convenient zip socks

Breathability: Most of the ComproGear zip socks come with an open toe design which allows for better circulation of air. This design, as well as the material the socks are made up of, will help to increase comfort and allow air to travel through the socks. People who experience sweaty and smelly feet while wearing compression socks need to change socks. ComproGear zip socks are designed to prevent moisture and odor from building up in the socks. 


These socks will benefit you if you wear your socks for workouts or you stay in a hot region.

Quick Recovery and Long-Term Wear: ComproGear zip socks offer graduated compression, which helps boost recovery after stressful workouts. All you need to do is put on the socks before the workout and wear them through the workout, until some hours after the workout. You will feel refreshed and will not notice the soreness you usually feel when working out without zip socks.

Quick recovery and long-term wear
Quick recovery and long-term wear

Portability: One of the good things about ComproGear Zip Socks is the small size and portability. They are so easy to carry around since you can easily fold them, pop them into your bag or purse, or hang them by your bedpost.  They do not necessarily make your luggage any heavier so you can travel with them. So, even when you have a pair on, you can carry an extra or two clean ones along. This will ensure you are not dirty or wet. With your extra zip socks, you will not have to wear dirty, stinky or torn socks. Try as much as possible to ensure they do not get torn by sharp objects such as pens, pins, or razor blades.


Who Are ComproGear Zip Socks Made For?

ComproGear zip socks are really ingenious. If a zipper is incorporated either on the inside or outside of the socks, you can easily open the socks and insert your foot. This means you can now have socks that are easy to slide over your foot and upwards onto your leg. As soon as you zip up your sock, you will get the compression and support you need. When, at the end of the day, you need to take off the socks, all you need to do is unzip it then slide it off.

Zip socks are ingenious

Many people can benefit from wearing this sock. It is great for both the young and the old. There is hardly anyone who cannot benefit in one way or the other from wearing a compression sock with a zipper. However, some people will enjoy more benefits than others.

Here is a list of people who should wear ComproGear Zip Socks:

  • People who suffer from circulation problems such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and diabetes
Patient with DVT
Patient with DVT
Diabetic patients need zip socks
  • People who are bedridden
Bedridden patients need zip socks
  • People who stand for a very long time
Prolonged standing requires zip socks
Prolonged standing requires zip socks
  • Athletes and other sportsmen and sportswomen
Athletes need zip socks
Athletes need zip socks
  • Pregnant women
Pregnant women need zip socks
Pregnant women need zip socks
  • People who are having trouble wearing regular compression socks
People who are having trouble bending to wear regular socks
People who are having trouble bending to wear regular socks

Why Do You Need a ComproGear Zip Sock?

There are several reasons why you need to wear ComproGear Zip Sock. The most common are briefly described here.

Why you need ComproGear zip socks

Improving Circulation: There are some conditions that do not allow blood to flow properly into the legs. Some of these conditions include varicose veins, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), peripheral vascular disease (PVD), among others. By wearing ComproGear zip socks according to the size and pressure recommended for your condition, you will enjoy reduced pain and efficient blood delivery to the affected areas of your body. Before buying the socks, feel them for comfort. Ensure they feel snug, especially around the affected areas. They should not feel too tight if not, they may impede your blood circulation.

Improving circulation
Improving circulation

Relief from Edema: Some people develop edema or swelling in their legs at some point in their lives. Diabetic patients, in particular, are prone to edema in the legs and can suffer from this condition for years. The best way to get comfort or relief from edema is by using ComproGear zip socks. These socks will help to alleviate the pains stemming from the swollen parts of your legs. While doing this, the socks also help to boost circulation in the affected area in order to quicken healing.

Relief from edema
Relief from edema

Experts recommend that people suffering from edema use ComproGear zip socks with a compression range of 15 to 20 mmHg. People with edema who are not experiencing any swelling can use zip socks with a compression range of 10 to 15 mmHg.

Pain Relief: There are a lot of conditions that can cause pain in the legs. People require ComproGear zip socks to get relief from pain resulting from weak or tired legs, as well as fatigued legs from muscle spasms, long-distance running, and sprains. Athletes also wear zip socks to provide extra support to some areas of their legs like their calves and thighs. These socks will help to quickly eliminate pain and provide relief or prevent the development of sores on the legs.

Pain relief
Pain relief

You should get ComproGear zip socks of any length that will best provide relief in the affected areas. There are socks that provide support to the ankles, calves, shins, knees, hamstrings, and even the thighs.

Criteria for Choosing the Best ComproGear Zip Sock. ComproGear zip sock, unlike most compression socks, comes with a zipper feature. The zipper makes life very easy for a lot of people, especially those who are experiencing severe leg pain. This feature is also a very convenient option for arthritis patients or people with hands that are too weak to put on and take off the socks. Also, people who have sensitive skin will find ComproGear Zip Sock very easy to wear.

Choosing the best zip socks
Choosing the best zip socks

Before you go out in search of an awesome pair of ComproGear Zip Socks, check out all the tips we have put together for you.


Although compression socks are quite expensive, the cost is usually worth it. Since they are not regular socks, you should not expect them to be cheap. One of the determinants of the cost of compression socks is its durability. The durability ComproGear Zip Socks afford you are worth the price.

Zippered compression socks

Your ComproGear Zip Socks will have to withstand day to day wear without showing signs of wear or damage. They have to be well constructed with all the materials blended perfectly in order to be durable. A good blend of Lycra, polyester, and nylon is always an excellent choice for compression socks. More so, the socks will have to compress, and will not do so if they are not well constructed. In addition, your Zip Sock also has to come with a quality zipper that is firmly sewn into the sock. The zipper must not be flimsy as it is very hard to replace. Most zippers, when replaced, may not be placed to sit properly and may dig into the skin, causing skin irritation and blisters.

Durable zip socks with quality zipper
Durable zip socks with quality zipper

You will also know a durable pair of zip socks from the stitching. Good stitching lasts long, especially if it is reinforced in the toe and heel areas where there are more likely to be holes.

Compression Rate

The compression rate is an important factor to consider since you are basically buying these socks for their compression. The compression levels your socks offer will depend on the manufacturers. The compression rate may come in four ratings or five. It is this compression rate that determines how hard the zip socks will hug your feet. Zip socks can deliver pressure that is either snug (like a hug) or more like a titan grip. Measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg) like blood pressure, this compression varies throughout the construction of the socks.

Compression rate

The highest compression of ComproGear Zip Socks is felt at the feet and ankles and reduces as it goes upwards towards the calves and thighs. At the calves and thighs, the hug of the socks is not so firm. Basically, the bigger the compression number is, the tighter the hug of the socks will be.

You do not need compression that is higher than 15mmHg if you do not have any health issues. This compression level is perfect for fighting off fatigue, minor swelling, and minor circulation problems. Compression level from 15 to 20 mmHg, considered as a low to moderate level, is great for pregnant women, travelers, and people suffering from minor deep vein thrombosis (DVT). For a tight hug, you should go for compression levels in the range of 20 to 40 mmHg. This range will keep off circulation issues. Any compression socks higher than 40 or 50 are known to be super strong and are great for surgery and severe medical issues. However, you have to check with your doctor beforehand before using such a high compression level.

Unisex socks


One of the most important factors to consider when buying zip socks is the way it sits around your legs. It is the job of compression socks to feel tighter around your legs than regular socks can. With a zipper on the side of your compression socks and an open toe feature, your socks will be much easier to put on than regular compression socks. Although some regular socks feel tight all over, the compression is not graduated.

Zip sock can be worn over regular sock
Zip sock can be worn over regular sock


Most of the time, doctors or physical therapists prescribe compression socks based on their assessment of the patient’s condition and the patient’s tolerance. The length of zip socks you choose depends on a lot of factors. Some of the factors are:

  • Will you sleep in your ComproGear Zip Sock?
  • Do you intend to use the sock all day?
  • Will you exercise in the socks?
  • Are the socks for traveling alone?
Open toe zip compression socks

Ankle-high ComproGear Zip Socks: This length of ComproGear Zip Sock is ideal for sensitive feet, diabetics, athletes, and people who spend a lot of hours working on their feet. They offer a firm compression zone for swaddling the Achilles tendon. The upward compression of ankle-high ComproGear zip socks will help to relieve the stress placed on the Plantar fascia, which turns out being the main cause of heel pain. Athletes and other sportspeople can run and jump in these socks without feeling pain in their foot even after tedious exercise.

Ankle-high ComproGear zip sock
Ankle-high ComproGear zip sock

Knee-high ComproGear Zip Socks: Knee-high ComproGear Zip Socks remain the best starting point for any reason you need the compression socks. The length is perfect for swelling issues, keeping you warm, preventing clotting, and doing whatever regular socks do.  Knee-high zip socks are often prescribed for people suffering from bone and joint problems. To avoid discomfort and tightness, however, such patients need to be well educated on the proper way to wear the socks. If, however, you feel the knee-length is too short or too long for you, you can get a different length.

Knee-high ComproGear zip socks
Knee-high ComproGear zip socks

Thigh-high ComproGear Zip Socks: Thigh-high socks are usually recommended for athletes. Due to its larger coverage, this length of socks is often improperly fitted more often than knee-high socks. Hence, more care should be taken when measuring the legs for the socks. They help with a wide variety of ailments affecting the legs and feet. These ailments include varicose veins, swelling of the legs, ankles, and feet, muscle fatigue, deep vein thrombosis, and lymphedema. In order to facilitate relief, however, it is important to choose the right compression level for your thigh-high ComproGear zip sock.

Thigh-high ComproGear zip socks
Thigh-high ComproGear zip socks


Whether or not your ComproGear compression socks come with a zipper, you have to wash them regularly. This is an essential step that will ensure bacteria and microbes are kept at bay. Regular washing also ensures your socks do not stink, especially when they get soaked with water or sweat. 

Washing your ComproGear zip socks is quite easy. Choose to wash them by hand instead of throwing them into the washing machine. It is either the washing cycle damages the delicate design of the socks or the detergent does the damaging. More so, the washing machine and detergent can cause the zipper to either rust or break. When any of these happen, the sock may be completely ruined. Also, remember not to place your zip socks in a dryer. Air dry them but keep them away from the direct rays of the sun.

Hand-washing zip socks
Hand-washing zip socks

Ease of Wearing the Socks

It can be really challenging to put on compression socks. If you do not find an easier way to put them on, you will have a lot of problems. The zipper feature of this compression sock provides a very easy solution for the socks. Hence, you do not have to flip out your socks, flip it over gradually, or do all the things that you would normally do in order to wear your compression socks.

Easy to wear
Easy to wear

Instead, to wear a ComproGear Zip Sock, all you have to do is slide down the zipper, pull in your feet, wiggle your toes in the front, then zip up the socks. It is that simple! You do not have to do anything more than that. However, if you still feel like you are struggling to put on your ComproGear Zip Sock, it could be that you got the wrong size. It does not mean you do not have the wits and strength required to wear the socks.


How effective do you think ComproGear Compression Socks will be with a zipper on the side? Luckily, the zip will not have any effect on the compression since it actually provides a snug fit. More so, you will still enjoy all the benefits of regular compression socks.

ComproGear zip socks help to combat issues relating to swelling and circulation. People suffering from varicose veins, DVT, spider veins, and other issues can rely on these socks to keep issues like these at bay. As you should know, compression socks can help stop itching, cramping, burning, swelling, and so much more. With stronger socks, you can even prevent these issues from becoming complicated, thereby increasing the health benefits for yourself. These socks are effective enough to help blood flow easily towards your heart, and keep it away from clotting in troubled areas. When you wear zip socks, you are also preventing clotting.

zip compression stockings
zip compression stockings

One of the best parts of these socks is that they are not only useful for health issues. They are helpful to you whether you have health issues or not. If your job is very demanding, or you spend a lot of time in the gym, you can actually benefit from using these socks. When you wear zip socks, you can lessen the swelling that is caused by standing or sitting all day. You can also lessen muscle soreness and fatigue by wearing zip socks all day. These socks also help to stabilize your feet and legs to improve your mobility and reduce the risks of having injuries.


It is important to take note of the materials your ComproGear Zip Sock is made up of. As a matter of fact, other features like durability, fit, compression level, and washability are dependent on the material. Compression socks are never made using just one material; instead, they are a blend of different materials – usually nylon, spandex, and polyester.  All the materials come from plastic constructed in such a way you would not guess they were plastic unless you look under a microscope.

Women socks

Nylon is a material that is very stretchy and breathable. Other materials like lycra, spandex, and elastane are insanely stretchable. They are stretchy enough to keep you comfortable while relieving you from leg-related health issues. Polyester, on the other hand, is a great material for making compression socks. It is lightweight, thin, and really colorful. 

The zippers can be made of either plastic or metal. Generally, metal zippers are heavier and more durable than plastic zippers. The downside of metal zippers is that they are not so flexible and will require replacement of the entire zipper if one of the metal teeth breaks off. You should not pull so much on metal zippers because they do not have the ability to withstand a lot of horizontal stretching. If you choose zippers made of nylon or plastic, you will enjoy more flexibility. Any tooth that falls out of place can be adjusted by simply pulling the zipper over the tooth a couple of times.

Types of zippers
Types of zippers

In a nutshell, ensure the materials you chose are durable and suitable for your ComproGear Zip Sock so you will not have too many issues. 

Special Features

ComproGear zip sock comes with a pillowed sole that provides more cushioning, reduces blistering, reduces callus buildup, allows you to walk comfortably for miles, and maintains your leg health. Other parts of the sock that should be well padded or cushioned are the foot, heel, and toe. This will help to increase comfort and reduce friction. A compressive mid-foot feature can also help to prevent bunching which is common in regular socks. To reduce irritation, look out for channeled, smooth, flat toe seam. Such a toe seam also helps to reduce the pressure on toes and skin that are sensitive so as to prevent skin abrasions.

Easy on

Also important are the antimicrobial finish and moisture-wicking acrylic fibers. The function of antimicrobial finish is to prevent bacteria and fungi from growing on the sock, especially in humid environments. This also helps to get rid of unpleasant odors. The moisture-wicking acrylic fibers help to quickly dry the socks and feet all day, even after the socks get wet. The fibers also keep your feet cool and reduce the chances of having fungal infections.

Moisture-wicking acrylic fibers
Moisture-wicking acrylic fibers

Why Do Most People Prefer Short Length Zip Socks? The most common length of ComproGear Zip Socks is the short length. Usually, this length is recommended if your lower leg, which measures from the bend in your knee to the floor, is less than 16 inches. Some people ask for thigh-high zip socks or pantyhose but end up going home with knee-high or ankle-high zip socks. This happens when the person’s leg is measured from three finger widths below the buttocks to the floor. If the measurement is not more than 28 inches, they are often advised to go for short length socks.

Short length zip sock
Short length zip sock

If you are not sure you should get short length zip socks, these tips will guide you:

  • If, after wearing your knee-high socks, you notice that the top band is uncomfortable and often digs into the bend of your knee, you should try shorter socks.
  • Is the fabric of your current socks having wrinkles, especially around the knee and ankle? The reason you can find these wrinkles at all could be because your socks are too long. Try a more petite size.
  • Do you always have to fold down the top of your socks? This is very wrong and you should stop to avoid circulation issues or complications of pre-existing medical conditions. Instead of folding down your socks, try something shorter.

How To Find Your Perfect Zip Sock Size

Measuring your leg to get the right size for your ComproGear Zip Sock is quite easy. All you need is this guide and a measuring tape. Most brands come with their sizing charts, which usually differ from one brand to another. However, all the sizing charts follow the same basic principles. The following tips will guide you before taking the measurements:

  • Before going out in search of your ComproGear Zip Sock, take your measurements as soon as you wake up. It is a great idea to take your measurements first thing in the morning, when swelling of the legs is minimum.
Finding the perfect size of ComproGear zip socks
Finding the perfect size of ComproGear zip socks
  • Measure directly on the skin, and not over some layers of clothing.
  • When taking measurements, your foot should be flat on the floor and bend your leg at a right angle.
  • It is also recommended that you make use of a cloth measuring tape for accuracy. Measurements should be taken with the tape snug on the skin, but not pulled tight.
  • Most people recommend taking all measurements of length from the ground up.
  • When taking measurements, ensure you take all your measurements at once. You may need these measurements if you later decide to get another style of compression socks.

Every sizing chart contains instructions for finding the right size for your zip socks. Here are some instructions on getting the right measurement for your knee-high, thigh-high or waist-high socks.

Ankle-high Measurements: This measurement covers the ankle-high measurements for people who are using ankle-high socks. Ankle measurement is vital for all other measurements like the knee-high and thigh-high measurements because graduated compression starts at the ankle. If you have an accurate fit at your ankle, your zip sock will deliver its required graduated compression effectively to your legs. Note that in some cases, the ankle measurement for the right leg may be different from the ankle measurement for the left leg.

Ankle circumference: To get this measurement, use your tape to measure the area above your ankle bone that is narrowest.

Measuring ankle circumference
Measuring ankle circumference

Knee-high Measurements: Calf measurement is the most important part of the knee-high fitting. If you end up not taking an accurate measurement and choose a very tight size, the top band may either bind or roll. On the other hand, if you choose a size that is too large, the sock wi be slipping or falling all day. You may spend the most part of your time pulling your sock up. To avoid any of these happening, ensure you get a comfortable size for your calf. Try as much as possible to choose a size that will place your calf measurement at the center of the sizing range.

More so, your lower leg length will determine whether you will fit into a Long or Short pair of zip socks. People who are over 6 feet tall will definitely fit into a Long. When you see your calf length measurement, you will easily determine if you fall above or below the length threshold. If you make the mistake of getting a ComproGear Zip Sock that is too short, it will not properly hold your calf and will tend to fall down often. A sock that is too long will tend to roll or fall whenever you bend your knee. Knee-high socks require measurement of ankle circumference, calf circumference, and calf length.

Calf circumference: Take the measurement of the part of your calf that is fullest.

Measuring calf circumference
Measuring calf circumference
Calf length:

Measure the point from the bend of your knee to the floor.

Measuring calf length
Measuring calf length

Thigh-high Measurements: Quite similar to the calf measurement, thigh measurement determines how your socks will fit at the top. A tight-fitting thigh-high sock may roll at the top band and cause discomfort. If the top thigh measurement is too loose, the thigh-high socks will fall down the leg. Meanwhile, thigh-high socks will not stay up easily on the leg. Pantyhoses and maternity panties that are too short will definitely pull on your foot.

These compression garments are capable of stretching in both length and circumference. When you have long legs and overstretch a compression sock in length, you will make the sock fit too tightly around your leg. The resultant effect is discomfort, inadequate compression, and an increase in the wear and tear of some parts of the compression socks. Thigh-high measurements require ankle circumference, calf circumference, thigh circumference, calf-length, and thigh length. This measurement is also used for pantyhose measurement. Waist and maternity styles require ankle circumference, thigh circumference, and hip circumference.

Thigh circumference

Measure the top of your thigh at the widest part.

Measuring thigh circumference
Measuring thigh circumference


Take inseam measurement from your gluteal fold to the floor.

Measuring thigh length
Measuring thigh length

Hip circumference (for pantyhose)

Measure your hip at its widest part.

Measuring hip circumference

Measuring hip circumference


Normally, compression socks are quite hard to put on and take off. Most people have to buy a donning aid, slip-on silk socks, and special gloves just to apply their compression socks. However, there is now an easy solution to this prolonged problem. If you are experiencing some difficulty reaching your feet to take off the socks, or you cannot bend over, simply get yourself a ComproGear Zip Sock.

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TED Hose Sizes – Different Size Guide for Different Bodies (With Pictures!)

What are TED Stockings?

If you are still fairly new to compression socks, then there are several terms you have heard before. You will have heard of toeless, varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis, and TED stockings. TED stockings are a term that you will hear very often and with good reason. TED is actually an abbreviation for thromboembolism-deterrent. Therefore, TED stockings are thromboembolism-deterrent stockings.

TED stockings are a specially designed pair of socks that are built to support the venous and lymphatic drainage of the leg. This means that when you are recovering in bed from an injury or surgery, these stockings will help stop blood clots from forming. Also, if you are non-ambulatory, the combination of gradient compression and actual muscle pump effect of your calf help circulate blood and lymph fluid through your legs.

The difference between TED hose and regular compression socks is that compression socks are made for people who can still walk. Nurses, and teachers who naturally have tired feet due to their demanding lifestyle use compression socks to relieve their muscles. Compression socks are also used to manage symptoms of diseases such as edema, and varicose veins. Overall they provide proper circulation to the heart by the veins.

TED hose, on the other hand, is a specialized version of compression socks. The basis of their construction is primarily compression. However, they are altered to fit the needs of patients who are bed-ridden. TED hose work to ensure that circulation is consistent so that the blood does not slow down; which in turn prevents the formation of blood clots.

Deep Vein Thrombosis

The term TED hose is often followed by the name Deep Vein Thrombosis. The two are closely associated as deep vein thrombosis or DVT is a condition that centers around blood clots and the veins. The body has two main types of veins; superficial veins, and deep veins. Superficial veins are located close to the surface of the skin. They often turn varicose when they are put under pressure due to the backflow of blood.

The deep veins are hardly affected by varicose veins, however, they can be affected by a dangerous condition known as DVT. Deep vein thrombosis is a condition where a blood clot or thrombus forms in one of the deep veins of the body. A blood clot forms when a clump of blood turns solid.

There are many reasons why a blood clot would form in one of the deep veins of the body. One of the most common causes is the coagulation of the blood faster than usual. Coagulation is a term to describe the process of clotting. When you get a cut or a wound, proteins in your blood called fibrins work with small blood cell fragments called platelets to create a mesh-like network to stop the bleeding.

When the bleeding has stopped, and you have healed, the body should break down the clots and remove them. unfortunately, this whole process can be affected by deficiencies or increases in the proteins or platelets. Blood clots can sometimes form to easily or fail to break down properly. This is what is known as Hypercoagulation.

Hypercoagulation is caused by either an acquired source or a genetic source. An acquired source means that it was triggered by an external agent; the most common one is the use of certain medications such as birth control pills. Smoking is another acquired source, as is trauma to the vein, fracture to the leg or arm, bruising, and complication of an invasive procedure of the vein.

Genetics can also cause hypercoagulation. This is very rare but genetic defects cause excessive clotting of the blood. These are usually blood disorders that are inherited and can be passed down to other family members. These defects usually occur in the proteins needed for blood clotting and can also occur with the substances that delay or dissolve blood clots.

The other cause of DVT is immobility. Being immobile means that you cannot be on your feet at all, or only once in a while for some time. Immobility is dangerous for the veins because they are responsible for transporting blood back to the heart. They do this through the help of the leg muscles. Activities of walking, running, and other exercises activate the muscles which in turn helps the veins to push the blood back to the heart. When the muscles are at rest, blood starts to slow down.

Immobility is common in some types of people; for example pregnant women. Doctors can recommend bed rest for pregnant women a few months before they deliver the baby. More than that, they are required to stay in bed 6 to 8 weeks post-partum after delivery of the baby. Being off your feet for this long drastically slows down your blood giving it a higher potential for forming blood clots.

If you are a person who travels a lot, then you spend most of your time sitting down or lying down. This puts your muscles at rest which slows down blood flow and increases chances of forming blood clots. Hospitalization, surgery, and obesity are other factors that could cause immobility.

Signs and Symptoms

The first thing that people with DVT experience is a pain in their thigh or lower leg, depending on where the clot has formed. This pain often starts in your calf and can feel like cramping or soreness. The affected leg will also start to swell; very rarely do both legs swell.

Next, you will notice that the affected area will feel warm or hot to the touch. This will be followed by severe discoloration of the affected area. it will turn red, then bluish or whitish. leg pain will worsen when you bend the affected foot. Unfortunately, some people do not realize that they have DVT until they get symptoms of Pulmonary Embolism.

A pulmonary embolism happens when a blood clot from deep vein thrombosis breaks off and travels through the bloodstream to the lungs. This becomes a life-threatening condition because the clot blocks an artery in the lungs. A pulmonary embolism causes sudden shortness of breath especially when you walk, or run. You will experience severe pain in the chest that worsens when you take a breath or cough. You may also cough up blood, feel lightheaded or dizzy, and have a rapid pulse.

TED Hose

As mentioned before, TED hose are a specially designed type of compression wear that prevents the formation of thrombosis in the veins of the legs. They work just like compression socks do. They are made from elastic fabrics that make them tight and snug when you wear them.

TED stockings are tightest at the ankles and least tight where they start (thighs, waist, or knees). This is what is known as graduated pressure. When you wear TED hose, the pressure they apply press on to the veins. Due to the applied pressure, the veins reduce in diameter size which increases the pressure of blood flow.

An increase in blood pressure means that it flows as it should. When circulation is consistent, there is a smaller chance that blood clots will form. TED hose are good form people who are at risk of developing DVT. If someone in your family has developed DVT before then you are at risk of developing DVT. To prevent this, you should consistently wear a pair of TED hoses.

People who fly a lot such as pilots, and stewardesses, or if you travel often, you will be sitting or lying down often. To prevent the formation of blood clots in the veins, you should wear a pair of TED hose when you travel.

TED Hose Sizes

Like any other pair of compression socks, you need to measure your legs to determine the right size for you. Getting a size that is too big will not help with slowed blood flow. A size too small will instead cut off circulation to the heart. If you can get a professional to measure your legs, it is best to go with that option.

If you measure your own legs, start with the ankle measurement; it should always be your first measurement. Measure around your ankle for the ankle circumference. It should be at the narrowest part of your ankle. Next, take your calf measurement by measuring the widest part of your calf. The thigh measurement is the next measurement. It should be done at the fullest part of your thigh, right under the buttocks.

Next, measure your buttocks at the fullest part to get the hip measurement. Next, measure your preferred waistline, it should be where you wear your pants most comfortably. Finally, measure the distance from your waistline to the floor to determine the proper length of your hose. Once you have these measurements, you can determine which size of the TED hose is perfect for you.

Picking out the right size is also about wearing the hose. TED hose is made to be thicker than the regular types of hose. Therefore, when you go to buy these compression socks, ensure that you go with a pair of shoes to determine whether they fit well.

Every size of the TED hose is constructed with graduated pressure with pressure level being highest at the ankles. The clinically proven pressure pattern has a pressure level of 18mmHg at the ankles. The calf has a pressure level of 14mmHg while the popliteal has a pressure level of 8mmHg pressure level. The lower thigh has a pressure level of 10mmHg and the upper thigh has a level of 8mmHg.

Size is also determined by pressure levels. TED hose are available in 20mmHg pressure level and below. Those who wish to prevent symptoms of DVT should get any of the pressure levels in that group. Before buying a specific pressure level however, you should consult a physician to advise you on what level is better for you.

How to Wear TED Hose

After you have bought the right pair of TED hose, you can now put them on. Insert your hand into one of the legs of the hose as far as the heel pocket. Grasp the middle of the heel pocket and turn the hose inside out to the heel area. Position the hose over the foot and heel. Ensure that the heel is centered in the heel pocket.

Next, pull a few inches of the hose up around the ankle and calf. Continue pulling up the hose gradually ensuring that the hose glides up smoothly. If your skin feels a little dry, you can put on a layer of lotion to ensure that they glide up smoothly. If your skin is wet, use some baby powder or cornstarch to absorb that moisture.

As you reach the thigh portion of the hose, start rotating the hose inwards so the panel is centered over the femoral artery. The panel is placed slightly towards the inside of the leg. Pull them up slowly until they land on the waist. Straighten out the waistline and the buttocks. Check your hose to ensure that there are no wrinkles or bunching up. Wrinkles and bunching cut off circulation in the veins.

Caring for TED Hose

TED hose needs to be washed every day to ensure that they are clean. When you wash compression socks, you should always use cool water. Warm or hot water will alter the elasticity of the socks. Dip the hose in cool water then remove them. Add mild detergent soap in the water. Mix in the detergent with your hand then dip the stockings back in. Allow them to sit for 5 to 10 minutes.

After soaking, gently rub the stockings to remove dirt and oil.  Gently squeeze them out to remove excess soap; do not pull them as this will damage the elastic and they will become stretched. Rinse the socks in cool water to get rid of the soap. Do this until the water comes out clean when you squeeze them.

After you squeeze them gently to remove water, dab them with a clean towel to get rid of excess water. Finally, dry them by laying them flat somewhere cool to dry. You can also hang them somewhere to dry with a free circulation of air. Do not place them near any heat to prevent damaging the elastic.

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XXL Compression Socks – Sizes/Colors/Styles (Best Options!)

When it comes to compression socks, the options and choices seem truly endless. From different lengths and materials to various styles and levels available, compression socks offer a large variety of choices to their users.

However, buying a pair of compression socks with XXL size may be a little easier said than done. The sizes and their fits seem to differ largely from company to company. For a person new to compression socks, this can get fairly confusing at first. However, we make it easier for you to choose the best XXL compression socks with this brief and comprehensive look at their different aspects.

XXL Compression Socks For You

Is it difficult to find the XXL compression socks you need?

Like any garment, plus size people struggle with choosing the right size of compression socks. This is because XXL compression socks are not as easily available as the compression socks in other sizes. Moreover, choosing the right size may prove difficult because the compression socks differ from other socks not only in their function but in their sizes as well.

Fortunately, compression socks for plus size people are marketed by several companies. You just need to look for them in the right places. Most compression socks these days are available in several plus sizes, including XL and XXL.

How important is the size when it comes to compression socks?

One common mistake made by the users of compression socks all over the world is selecting the wrong size. This happens because many users simply opt for the size they usually use in regular socks. However, keep this in mind – the size of your regular socks may not be the correct size of your compression socks.

For instance, do not get your compression socks in XXL size just because you usually use the XXL size in regular socks. First, measure your legs correctly, and then compare it with the chart of sizes provided by the company. Only then should you choose your compression socks. Unlike normal socks, the right compression socks should fit tighter in the ankle area and looser around the thighs.

Moreover, never choose compression socks based just on their appearance. In fact, most compression socks may look smaller than their actual size. This is because compression socks are made of elastic material that can stretch while wearing it. After use, they will revert to their original shape and size. If you buy compression socks after judging its measurements only through sight, you will most probably end up with a loose-fitting pair of compression socks. This will negate the entire purpose of wearing compression socks in the first place.

So how do you select the best pair of XXL compression socks for yourself? If you are living in Canada or the U.S., you would want to get one that you can use even during winters. Here is a look at some of the important steps in buying your XXL compression socks.

XXL Compression socks: How do you choose the right one?

How to select the best pair of XXL compression socks?

  • Take the correct measurements of your legs
  • Compare these measurements with the sizing guide
  • Check if your required compression level is available in this size
  • Determine the length and type of your compression socks
  • Check the fabric quality

Let us look at each of these steps in detail.

How to take the proper measurements for your XXL compression socks?

To get the perfect fit, you need to take the correct measurements of your legs. However, the area you need to measure will vary according to the particular length and style of compression socks you intend to buy. For the different lengths and types such as knee-high, thigh-high, full-length, and sleeve compression socks, you need to measure different parts of your leg.

  • Knee-high compression socks

If you are getting knee-high compression socks, you need to measure your feet, thighs, ankles as well as your calves. You can accurately measure your ankles by taking the distance from the skinniest to the thickest area of your calves.

Additionally, you should note down the distance from your feet on the ground to the top of your knees. Get the help of someone else to measure you while you stand with your legs straight.

  • Thigh-high compression socks

For thigh-high compression socks, you need to measure not only your ankles and calves but the upper area of your thighs as well. Also, you should measure the distance from your feet on the ground to the top of your thighs.

  • Full-length compression socks

For full-length compression socks/pantyhose compression socks, you need to measure the distance from the starting point of your legs down to your very toes. Moreover, you should note down the width of your legs as well. This can be measured by covering the thickest part of your calves with tape and noting down the size. In addition, to get the right size of full-length compression socks, you should also measure the widest part of your hips.

How to get the right compression level for your XXL compression socks?

Apart from the size, the level of compression is another crucial part of choosing your compression socks. The level of compression will depend on the purpose for which you are using them. For instance, if you only need them for regular swelling, you can go for a low compression level. However, if you are using compression socks for treatment purposes of medical conditions such as varicose veins and spider veins, you need higher compression levels.

The compression level is measured in the scale of mmHg, which is used for measuring blood pressure as well. Compression levels as varied as 8 mmHg to 50 mmHg are available in the market. You can use compression socks with 8-15 mmHg or 15-20 mmHg for regular and non-medical use. To use these compression socks, you do not need a prescription from any physician or doctor. You can use them daily for all purposes such as sports, travel, or even for just another office day.

However, for medical and treatment purposes, you need to get the proper compression level prescribed by the doctor. 20-30 mmHg offers firm compression and can be used by patients after surgery for faster recovery. These compression levels aid in preventing pain and swelling of the legs. You do not need to get the prescription from any doctor to wear these compression socks. That is, if you simply require a bit more compression than the standard 15-20 mmHg, you can choose these 20-30 mmHg compression socks. Moreover, you can use them daily without any problems.

Compression levels of 30-40 mmHg or 40-50 mmHg are intended for the use by patients with serious medical conditions such as Deep vein thrombosis and edema. Though these compression socks can be worn daily, the exact duration of wear should be based on the advice of your physician.

To decide the right compression level for your XXL compression socks, have a proper understanding of each compression level. Make sure to choose the compression level according to your specific needs and purposes.

How to get the right length and type of your XXL compression socks?

As we have seen above, compression socks are categorized into different types according to their length. These include knee-high, thigh-high, waist-high and sleeves. Before selecting your compression socks, determine which area of your legs need the most pressure.

If you suffer from swellings situated below the knee, you can go for knee-high compression socks. These socks will apply adequate pressure on your feet, calves, and ankles to bring down the swelling. Moreover, these are used for moderate cases of varicose veins and spider veins. Knee-high compression socks are the most common compression socks used among people.

However, if you have swelling above the knee, you should opt for thigh-high compression socks or waist-high compression socks. The waist-high/full-length compression socks can support your legs fully. In addition, you can opt for compression sleeves if you need compression on your legs only. This type of compression socks has nothing more than the tube part of socks. Compression sleeves will help to significantly boost the blood circulation in your legs.

In conclusion, determining the right length is just about figuring out which part of your legs needs the most attention. After going through the different types of compression socks and their uses, you can select the one that suits your needs best.

How to find the XXL compression socks with the best fabric?

Generally, XXL compression socks are made of thicker and stretchier fabrics than regular compression socks. This is because thin materials such as microfibre or sheer will not be able to contain large leg muscles within them. Moreover, compression socks made of sheer fabric are at a higher risk of tear and damage than other materials. These socks are generally transparent and weigh lesser compared to the other compression socks. Though such sheer thin materials may seem trendier and more attractive, they are not exactly practical for XXL compression socks.

Compression socks made of opaque or sports fabric are the most suitable for XXL size. Such materials last longer and can accommodate larger legs better. Moreover, they are built to be resistant towards temperature and moisture, so you will not have to change them frequently.

On the whole, make sure that the compression socks you choose are made from strong, unyielding material. At the same time, it should also be airy and breathable. Moreover, the material should be of high-quality and medical grade. Otherwise, they may not fit you well even though it is the right size for your legs.

Who all can use XXL compression socks?

If you have larger than average legs, XXL compression socks will be your saving grace. Athletes with thick leg muscles mostly depend on XXL compression socks. Moreover, for most men, the correct size of compression socks comes under XL or XXL.

In addition, even if you have average-sized legs with severe swelling, you might need to use XXL socks. Several complications may arise for people with swollen legs. For instance, only one of your legs may have swelling. While the leg with swelling may need XXL, your other leg might only need compression socks of XL size or lower. In such cases, you need to buy two different sizes of compression socks for each of your legs. As the swelling eventually goes down after the regular use of compression socks, you can start wearing the same size for both legs.

Sometimes, people with wide calves make use of compression socks with zippers as an alternative. However, these socks are not commonly available everywhere. Moreover, these socks are quite hard to manage, since it is difficult to put them on and take them off. Therefore, compression socks that fit your exact size are the better option. Make sure to reap the benefits of compression socks of different sizes such as XL and XXL made available for you.

How to wear your XXL compression socks?

For people with bigger legs, putting on and taking off the compression socks can be a real task. The unique shape and build of your legs may make the sliding and rolling of compression socks a rather difficult process.

One easy solution is to opt for compression socks with silicone top-bands. This will prevent your compression socks from rolling down constantly and make them stay where they are supposed to be. Compression socks with silicone top-bands are especially suitable for legs that are wider beneath the knee.

Additionally, after using the compression socks, check if there are any marks on the back of your knees. If you see any, it means that the band of your compression socks is digging into the back of your knees. This happens because either the compression socks or the silicone band is too tight. Check which one it is, and switch to a better fit.

If you are using knee-high compression socks, make sure not to stretch them up to your thighs. Knee-high compression socks should always stay just below the knees. Stretching them above your knees will only end up damaging them. Moreover, doing so will make your compression socks unsuitable for use and rob you of all their benefits.

In the case of thigh-high compression socks, they should be worn from just below your buttocks. Additionally, after wearing your XXL compression socks, make sure they are not crumpled or wrinkled in any areas. If you find any wrinkles, smooth the area out. If the problem persists even after smoothing out the area, switch to a better size.

Moreover, ensure that your compression socks do not cause any pain or discomfort. Most people dismiss such symptoms as natural side-effects of using compression socks. However, the fact is that the compression socks of the right size should never make you uncomfortable. On the contrary, they are intended to give you better comfort and relief. If you feel pain or discomfort, it is probably because you are wearing compression socks that are too tight. This might lead to many negative effects on your body. Therefore, in such cases, find the right size and switch to it immediately.

How to make sure your XXL compression socks last longer?

While using XXL compression socks, you should keep several things in mind to ensure that they last longer.

  • Always wash your compression socks by hand. You can make use of washing machines but this might reduce the elasticity of your compression socks in the long run.
  • Do not expose them to direct heat. Excessive heat will ruin the fabric and reduce the elasticity of the compression socks. This means you cannot put your compression socks in the dryer. Moreover, never wash the compression socks using hot water. Washing with water of room temperature is the best option for your compression socks.
  • After washing the compression socks, dry them in shade. Do not expose them to direct sunlight. Moreover, do not wring your compression socks. This might lead to fabric damage. The best method to remove water from the compression socks is to gently squeeze out the water.
  • Do not expose your compression socks to excessive moisture, except for washing. This means you should not wear them while bathing or showering.
  • The more you use compression socks, the lesser the elasticity becomes. Generally, washing can restore the elastic property of compression socks. However, after about six months or so, compression socks will lose their elasticity completely and become like regular socks. Therefore, you need to replace your compression socks at least every six months.


Though choosing XXL compression socks may seem like a challenge at first, you can select them wisely if you have the right amount of information. Therefore, before buying your XXL compression socks, make sure to go through these aspects to get the best result.

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Pregnancy Compression Socks: Best for Maternity!


When compression socks are mentioned the first thing that might come to mind is this – Those socks should before athletes only! However, here’s a quick question. Are you a victim of pregnancy swellings with legs about the size of a tree trunk? How are those legs after a long day?

leg cramps at 3am

That’s not true. Hence, let’s talk about pregnancy compression socks and how they are useful for pregnant women. Pregnancy for women is a life-changing experience, it can be exhausting both physically and mentally.

Having a Baby is not Easy!

Health Concerns Associated with Pregnant Women

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Women have to deal with mild or severe pregnancy symptoms, pains all over, with body changes. As the body prepares to welcome a new life, few changes occur to accommodate the baby. The body produces more blood, the uterus increases in size which causes pressure to increase on the legs and so.

One of the problems faced by most pregnant women is edema, a venous disorder, simply known as fluid retention either in a specific part of the body usually the limbs, or the whole body. Another is a varicose vein (bulging veins), this can be very uncomfortable. After several studies explain how to manage pregnancy-related body changes, it was discovered that compression sock can help reduce swelling and also move excess fluid out of the legs significantly causing overall relief (Dresang, Lee T., et al. 2008).

Are Compression Socks Safe to Wear During Pregnancy?

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It is normal to be concerned about the health safety associated with compression socks for women during their pregnancy or third trimester. The answer to this is yes! Compression socks are safe for wear by pregnant women, however, this comes with some conditions:

  • The supervision of a health physician (Gynecologist preferably), while making choice on the type of compression needed (based on pressure level) and how long the compression socks are to be worn.
  • Specification on what stage pregnancy should a maternity compression socks be suitable for.

Furthermore, several kinds of research have been made annually to verify how helpful the wearing of compression socks is for pregnant women. An article published by The International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology highlighted that their research indicated that compression therapy improved medical symptoms associated with venous congestions and blood circulation of the legs during pregnancy periods and postpartum. It was also discovered from the research that consistent use of compression during periods of pregnancy and after birth, alleviates the development of blood clots causing obstruction of the blood vessels.

But What Really are Compression Socks?

Thigh high compression socks/circulation support socks

Compression stockings or hosiery are specially modified fabrics, designed to help sooth pains and uncomfortable symptoms on the lower body parts. They are usually elastic and modified to mount a certain amount of pressure on the affected area. Athletes use compression socks to relieve pain on the legs during vigorous exercise. However, individuals with medical-related conditions use them for treatment therapy.

The need to wear compression socks arises for a pregnant woman in need of relief from pregnancy-related leg cramps. Although leg cramps are normal pregnancy experiences, it can be really frustrating to be confined to a bed because your legs hurt. Compression socks, not only relieve your pain, but it will also help shift your weight off your legs so that they feel lighter and easier to carry. Compression socks hug your legs with a pressure comfortable enough to make your feet feel lighter while enabling blood movement up your body.

Who Wears Compression Support Stockings?

Well since compressions socks can be basically referred to as nice stretchy and fitted socks that give relief to the muscles and aid blood circulation, literally, there’s no that would not want that right!

Although this article is focusing on maternity compressions, compression socks are worn by lots of individuals for different reasons. They include but are not limited to:

  • Pregnant women
  • The aged (men and women)
  • Athletes/Sports enthusiasts
  • Individuals prone to thromboembolism (development of blood clots)
  • Blood circulatory challenges on the lower body part
  • Post-surgery patients
  • Health workers, hospitality workers, and professionals are required to stand on their feet for long periods
  • And more

Fun Fact: How Long Has Compression Legwear Been in Existence?

Although in another form, compression socks have been around for a very long time. In the form of cloths tied around soldiers’ legs and waists to give them a gallant look. Compression sock may not be an elastic fabric, it can be in the form of a bandage wrapped tightly around the limbs, this performs the same function as compression socks.

Forms of Compression Socks

There are several types of compression socks, however, your choice depends on the purpose of the socks (medical or non-medical purposes). Medical compression socks are used to prevent or sooth health conditions that may occur from pregnancy symptoms like deep vein thrombosis (DVT). They include:

  • Graduated compression socks- In this type of socks, the pressure it uses is strongest at the ankle and feet and gradually reduces as it progresses up the leg. Some only reach up to the thighs, they reduce feet fluid build-up and varicose vein, while some reach up to the calf, these are used to improve peripheral edema. Graduated socks are easier to wear especially if you will be using them for a long time. The advantage of using graduated compression socks is the improved flow of blood up your body. This way weight can be lifted off your legs, you feel less pain and aches in your lower region.

Compression Therapy

This is the continuous use of specially modified fabrics which can mount a specific amount of pressure worn on the legs or hands for correctional or preventive purposes. It makes use of compression socks or bandages to give support to the legs so that the blood vessels can be narrowed (this improves blood flow) therefore preventing pooling of blood in the legs. This process circulates blood from the high-pressure regions of the body e.g legs to the heart for proper circulation. Therefore the end result is a light, pain-free leg, free of a blood clot and a reduce possibility of developing varicose veins.

Features and Designs of Compressions for Pregnant Women

no shoe shopping without compression socks

We understand the dilemma and will help get those feet to size great to go shoe shopping for!

There are several designs of compression sock all you need to do is pick out the ones that suit you.

Trendy and fashionable: There are trendy types of compression socks designed to meet medical needs while flowing with the current fashion trends. Following are the types of fashionable compression socks designs you will find in the market:

  • Open toe socks: This type gives you the opportunity to wear high heel sandals so you can flaunt your $100 pedicure.
  • Closed socks: Give you a more cozy feeling while you flow with the trend.
  • Colorful socks: Compression socks no longer come in dull colors, you can pick out whichever color that suits you.
  • Various lengths of compression socks to choose from: Thigh-length compression socks, anklets, knee-high, full-lengths, and calf-length compression socks and many more.

Health Benefits of Wearing Compression Socks

Wearing them during the third-trimester can improve your leg health!

Most women find pregnancy overwhelming alone on its own, having to deal with physical changes on the body and emotional fluctuation can make women tired not to talk of extra problems like achy, tired feet, heavy and swollen feet, and painful varicose vein. It is explainable that the body starts to prepare to accommodate your baby immediately after fertilization. Your body produces more blood, hormonal changes make the walls of your blood vessels too smooth to pump blood properly, this causes blood to pool in your legs which may clot. This comes with a heavy feeling on your lower regions and overall tiredness. In severe cases, the clot may cut loose and be transported to the lungs where it can cause a condition known as a pulmonary embolism. When you wear them, coupled with a few exercises, you will enjoy the following:

  • Prevent the development of DVT, varicose vein and swollen feet if worn early enough and to correct these conditions even after their symptoms.
  • Lighter legs, so you can move around all you want, enjoy uninterrupted sleep and a normal daily routine without being restricted by heavy painful legs.
  • The overall health of you and your baby. Your blood pressure affects your baby’s too. It important that your heart rate is kept normal. If your heart does less work to pump blood, you feel less tired and so does your baby.
  • Fashion and Style: Compression socks now look really fashionable, you do not have to worry about dull and common designs anymore. You can wear compression socks and still follow the fashion trend. You can develop your own unique style also.

What Should A Good Compression Sock Look And Feel Like?

photo maternity compression socks for pregnancy and a pregnant woman

It is not enough to just walk into a store and pick out the most eye-catching one you see. It is about choosing the one that is suitable for you. Here are a few things you need to consider before picking out compression socks for you:

  • Colour and Design: You are free to choose any design or color that suits your personality. No need to be restricted to old dull patterns.
  • Fits: It is important that you pick out your perfect size, under-sized socks may deform your legs or leave you with irritated skin. You might need the help of a professional to get your correct size and probably fit it to your size.
  • Quality of Fabric: Check that the fabric is soft against your skin, because rough materials may irritate your skin.

Different Pressure Range of Compression Socks for Pregnancy/Maternity

The pressure that compression socks offer will determine how constriction will be placed on your legs. The lower the pressure, the lower the compression; the higher the pressure, the higher the compression a sock can apply. The pressure contained in compression socks is represented by mmHg which is known as the millimeter of Mercury. Let’s take a look at what the different levels of compression mean:

The lowest category (8-15 mmHg): This is mildly constrictive, it is used to prevent the development of varicose veins, relieve leg pain especially for people who are always on their feet for a long time.

The middle category (15-20mmHg): This uses medium pressure to compress the limbs. They prevent the occurrence of deep vein thrombosis, help with pain relief and reduce aches in your leg.

The top categories ranging from 20-50mmHg: These categories are used by individuals with severe cases of Deep vein thrombosis,  severe varicose vein, venous ulcers, and leg pains. 40-50mmHg will require a prescription from your doctor as it the height of compression socks.

Pregnancy and Compression Socks

They are one of the best things to wear when having a baby and after!

Maternity compression stockings/compression pantyhose for pregnancy to promote better blood circulation

Pregnant women use compression socks to prevent and manage pregnancy-related swelling and pain on the legs. Compression socks work by holding the leg together, firmly, thereby making it feel lighter while easing the pain. There are different categories of compression socks depending on how much pressure they can exert, some are designed for support only while some are also fashionable. You can buy these socks if you feel the need to, all you need to consider is your size, how comfortable you need it to be and how stylish you need it to look.  You can as well talk to your doctor for a precise recommendation if your leg cramps are really severe.

Compression socks also help improve venous function by increasing blood flow from your legs to your heart. This will also relieve your achy legs and make it lighter.

However, to maximize the function of the compression socks, you may have to ensure:

  • You do not stay in one position for too long, instead of standing or sitting for a long time, you can take a short walk.
  • You stretch your body as much as you can. Mild exercise is good for the body, however, avoid rigorous ones for the baby’s safety.
  • Rest as much as you can. To keep your heart stable, it is important to rest effectively, clear your head and take short naps.
  • Place your leg over a pillow before sleeping.

The End

Start to wear them during maternity now!

Since compression socks are made from soft elastic non-toxic materials, they are safe to use. However, some users complained  of the following:

  • Uneven Indentation on the surface of the skin that soon disappears after stopping the use of compression socks.
  • Irritation and itchy rashes on legs due to heat from wearing compression socks
  • Wrinkled skin from too much constriction from compression socks
  • Fungal growth on the feet causing a strong odor
  • Over-controlled blood circulation can lead to seized blood circulation causing numbness of the legs

It is advised that you should avoid prolonged use of compression socks to avoid the aforementioned side effects. Too much of anything is bad anyway!.

They are literally one of the best garments for all the mommies out there!

Conclusively, compression socks give a two in one package of being pregnant and comfortable while looking gorgeous. You just have to get a compression sock that fits you and matches your style.

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What Are Compression Socks? – (Health Related Information!)

Introduction- What Do Compression Socks Do?

Compression socks (compression stockings, compression sleeves, etc.) are used in the treatment of different conditions, including deep vein thrombosis (DVT), lymphedema, varicose veins, chronic venous insufficiency, edema, and can have beneficial effect in the prevention of pregnancy-related complications (volume variations in standing and sitting in a pregnant woman), as well as preventive effect for post-thrombotic syndrome in patients that had deep venous thrombosis. In patients at risk of developing deep venous thrombosis, the compression socks are recommended in order to help prevent the occurrence of blood clots. These compression stockings can have a beneficial effect when worn during running and hiking, in order to improve circulation and give a more fulfilling sports experience.

Why Wear Compression Legwear?

Wearing compression socks can help to alleviate a feeling of heaviness in the legs to help reduce present edema in the legs and also to improve blood flow in the legs for better leg health. Once you become knowledgeable of putting on these socks, you gain agility in putting them on, and once you get into the routine of wearing them, the whole process becomes routine, and only the health benefits remain.

How Do They Work?

When the compression socks are worn correctly, they help the venous and muscle systems of the legs better pump the venous blood from the legs back towards the heart to accelerate better blood flow. The calf muscle usually helps with this task, and the surface veins of the legs have valves that help with the normal (towards the heart) direction of the venous blood. In this, the exerted pressure help with the normal venous compression of the blood in the right direction against gravity. Most commonly, the compression stockings are prescribed to both legs, with rare occasions of recommended use of compression stockings on only one leg.

Who Benefits From Wearing Them?

Athlete wearing a pair of legwear

It is reasonable to ask ourselves if everyone needs to be wearing compression socks all the time, everywhere. Persons who need to wear the compression socks include persons who are on their feet for a long time during the day, persons who are stationary and sit for many hours during the day, persons who are undergoing travel during a given day, persons who feel they might have benefited during sports (especially runners), and persons with comorbidities, such as deep venous thrombosis and chronic venous occlusion. Furthermore, the stockings are sometimes prescribed as a postoperative recommendation of wearing compression socks, with an aim to reduce complications.

They Come in Different Lengths to Cater to Your Needs

The length of the compression socks themselves depends on the indication for the stockings as well as the ability to tolerate certain lengths of socks. The main groups include thing-level stockings and knee-high stockings. Knee-high socks are easier to tolerate by the user, as the power of compression sometimes comes at the cost of a little unpleasantness. The stocking length is very important, as it is absolutely necessary to wear the right length of stockings if indicated. For example, wearing knee-high stockings for the treatment of varicose veins in the thighs will have no therapeutic effect.

Choosing the Right Pair For Yourself

There are many types of compression legwear in the market like compression sleeves, stockings, tights, etc. They all are medically reviewed and proven to be efficient and effective to help in treating and preventing unhealthy leg diseases by promoting better blood flow in the lower legs. You can find them in the pharmacy or most commonly these days, online. There isn’t really a right or wrong answer as to which type or pair you should for because it’s a matter of preference. They come in a different category of compression level for non-medical conditions and medical conditions. Everyone benefits from wearing these magical medical devices but always read and weigh the information before choosing a pair for yourself either online or from the pharmacy.

When are They Right for Me?

There are many indications for using compression socks/stockings. Most important is to note that you don’t have to be diagnosed with medical conditions of poor leg diseases to have a positive effect from wearing compression legwear. Any person with swollen legs can have a clinical health benefit from wearing a low gradient of compression of the compression legwear. In the event of recent deep vein thrombosis, higher gradient compression socks would be recommended by your doctor. As much as wearing them can be used as a great preventive measure against medical conditions like the leg diseases mentioned above, ask your doctor a prescription if you start to face some symptoms that your fear might be a medical condition or health concern. Be safe than sorry guys!

Health Benefits for Pregnant Women by Wearing Them

Pregnancy has many challenges. One of them is the volume discrepancy that appears during a pregnant woman standing as opposed to sitting. The symptoms that arise from this volume discrepancy include painful or swollen feet, as well as a feeling of heaviness in the legs. A weakening of the vein walls happens during pregnancy and the use of compression stockings can help alleviate the pain and swelling of the legs and feet. It is medically proven that wearing compression legwear can help eliminate lower limb edema for pregnant women during the third trimester and prevent varicose vein thrombosis and DVT of lower limbs after delivery.

Combating Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Graphic of Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), also known as deep venous thrombosis) is a serious and dangerous disease that requires anticoagulant therapy in the medicamentous treatment of a thrombus present in the deep venous circulation. Such patients have a long road of recovery, in that, other than a recommendation of rest and medicamentous therapy, it is common to have a recommendation made to wear the compression legwear as a crucial part of the therapy.

Who Should Not Wear These Socks?

Although the use of compression stockings holds great benefits, care should be taken in patients with heart failure, advanced peripheral arterial disease, advanced peripheral nephropathy, uncontrolled congestive heart failure, as well as localized lesions like oozing dermatitis. The benefits of using the stockings are weighed on a case-by-case basis by physicians. Generally, though, the presence of the advanced arterial peripheral disease is a contraindication for use of circulation legwear as the wearing them would further compromise the arterial flow of blood distally.

Are They Harmful?

What are the Side Effects of Wearing Them?

Some of the side effects of the use of the stockings are the intolerance of the use of the socks, as they sometimes cause some discomfort. Other than the side effects of skin itching, the appearance of calluses, as well as a tingling sensation of the skin while wearing them. That could be very well manifested into a health concern/medical conditions like skin infections or skin diseases. So, please browse and read the product information and check the materials used in manufacturing those socks before you make the purchase online. The purpose of it is to avoid potential allergic reaction and of course, you should always know what you are buying into.

Closing of These Amazing Socks

Go get a pair of them for yourself. They can really benefit your health!

We are already at the end of the articles and I hope this short but on-point article can help shine some light on why you should wear compression socks or any other type of legwear that functions under the same principle. I have to stress that wearing compression socks of the right compression pressure level for you is extremely important, more so than what styles/lengths of them you should go for as that is a matter of personal preference. So, dear readers, please consult a doctor at your nearest clinic and ask for a prescription if you are not sure about which level to go for! Last but not least, always browse and compare then read the product description when you are purchasing online. Otherwise, get them at the nearest store or pharmacy. Thanks for the read!

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Zippered Compression Stockings – (Way Easier to Put On!)

image of person wearing zippered socks, knee high open toe
people wearing knee high open
toe zipped compression socks walking in park

Compression gear is continually evolving and is incorporating the newest designs and trends every day. The introduction of zippered compression socks is now relatively older but was an instant success as soon as it was launched. A zippered version of the compression socks is now mainstream, and almost all the leading brands have zippered models for sale.

Zippered compression socks offer convenience in addition to the inherent qualities and benefits of the regular compression hosiery. Most of the modern designs boast a pinch-resistant zipper that makes it extremely simple to put on the hose.

 How do they work?

Compression socks work by applying pressure on the wearer’s limbs. The elastic material in the fabric creates a tension that squeezes the limb gently when you put it on. Naturally, the appropriate size to apply a precise amount of pressure is therefore essential as well. The next question that comes to your mind is that even if the hosiery do apply a calculated amount of pressure on the leg, what can be the possible use of it?

funny cartoon thinking what to wear zipped compression socks or regular compression socks

The answer lies in the fact that swelling, edema, and soreness of the legs is associated with poor circulation and accumulation of fluid in the blood vessels of the feet and ankles. The pressure applied by the compression hose pushes the stagnant blood out of the blood vessels and thus allows fresh blood to take its place.

varicose veins and healthy veins, person wearing thigh high open toe compression socks

Benefits of wearing

Compression garments are not only a remedy for feet swelling, but doctors and medical professionals also prescribe compression wear for several leg disorders. Some of the most cherished benefits of the compression socks include:

image of doctor treating swelled legs of patient
  • Improve cardio-vascular functioning

    image showing relation of heart and veins in human body

    By developing a pressure gradient on the wearer’s lower extremities, the compression hosiery squeeze the legs and prevent any pooling of the blood. This eliminates the leading cause of edema, swelling, and heaviness symptoms. The heart pumps fresh blood towards the legs, and the compression stockings prevent its accumulation in ankles and feet.

  • Control lymphedema

    image of person wearing compression stocking zippered knee high

    Lymphedema is a type of edema in which the cause of swelling is not the blood, but it’s the lymph fluid. In some patients, lymph fluid may leak the network of lymph vessels (and capillaries) and can cause swelling. Such swelling is known as lymphedema. Compression hosiery are high in reducing this kind of swelling as well.

  • Boost an athlete’s performance

    image of soccer players playing on football field with knee high compression socks

    Compression stockings and compression sleeves can boost an athlete’s performance and enable them to give it their best. Compression garments provide support, flexibility, and strength to the muscles to optimize the performance of sports players, fitness enthusiasts, and professional competitors.

  • Recovering from muscle fatigue and strain

    funny meme about muscle fatigue

    Strength recovery can be critical for professional athletes. Muscle fatigue after strenuous activity is a natural response from the body and can be challenging to control for the athletes.

  • Venous disorders

    picture showing different venous disorders of lower extremities

    The moderate level of compression has a range of about 20 mmHg to 30 mm Hg. It is ideal for managing and reducing the risks of further progression of the disease. Although some illnesses may need a higher compression level (up to 40 mm Hg) as well. Varicose veins, spider veins, Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), unwanted blood clotting, leg ulcers, and other venous insufficiency symptoms are controllable with the regular use of compression socks. Chronic venous disorders patients may have to regularly wear a compression garment for the rest of their life to control the disease.

  • Post-surgical recovery

    image showing compression in wound healing

    Patients recovering from surgery can utilize compression socks as a healing garment. For leg ulcers, varicose veins, and surgical treatment of venous disorders, compression stockings act as a kind of wound care. Even if the surgery is not directly related to the legs, the post-surgical rehabilitation clinics recommend compression hosiery to improve blood circulation in legs, feet, and ankles.

  • Reduce swelling due to traveling

    picture of kid travelling in airplane wearing knee high compression socks

    Long road trips and flights that last hours can have a devastating effect on your legs. Continuous traveling with little to no rest can cause edema and may even further amplify existing swelling in the limbs. Compression stockings can alleviate such soreness and travel swelling in the feet.

Zippered vs. Regular

image of person putting on compression socks, regular vs zippered socks, open toe knee high

Zippered socks brandish a durable zip attached with almost similar compression socks. Like the regular ones, they are usually made with the same material as nylon, elastane, spandex, and augmented cotton and wool. Compression socks with zipping allow a smoother wearing process and reduce the time to put on and take off the socks. 

Comfort, size, and feel

closeup of aesthetic black zippered ankle compression socks

Zippered compression garments are similar to a regular hose with the difference of addition of the zip. However, does that make the compression sock behave any differently? Is there any difference in comfort, feel, and size between the zippered pair of hosiery and regular compression stockings? The answer to those questions is not straightforward and may vary with different manufacturers.

person putting on knee high compression socks

Vendors try their best to keep the sock as comfortable with the zip as it is without one. The sizes and lengths are usually the same, and there is no particular size chart for the zippered socks. Similarly, they are also available in a variety of configurations, namely open-toe, closed-toe, and sleeves. As far as the lengths are concerned, the zippered compression hoses can be knee-high and even thigh-high as well.

The feel of the zippered socks is slightly different in the sense that the zip and its track press against the skin surface and doesn’t necessarily have to be uncomfortable. Some poor quality hosiery may have some flaws in the zip incorporation, and the zip can dig inside the skin, causing slight pain.

Another noticeable difference that you can feel in the case of zippered socks is that they have a slight variation in the gradient and compression level. Interestingly many brands have socks that have different compression levels altogether. This means that the compression ranges may vary slightly as compared to the regular compression socks.

Why choose zippered

brown knee high compression socks with zip and open toe

Compression socks with zips can have several advantages over the regular ones. The reason they have captured a fixed spot on the counters and online is that they offer the same features of the regular compression socks, plus some additional benefits like:

  • Time-saving

    funny baby meme about time saving and zipped compression socks

    Today’s fast pace of life is rapidly cutting the time that we should spend on ourselves and our well-being. Although regular compression stockings do not take a lot of time to put on and take off, zippered compression socks can even further reduce a long time. If you work in shifts or are always on a busy schedule, zippered compression socks can help you get ready in no time.

  • Ultra easy to wear

    image showing person wearing knee high compression socks zippered easily

    With the zip option, you no longer have to wrestle with the socks or stuff your feet in them forcefully. The simple wear process involves the following easy steps:

    1. Slide your foot into the hose, toe-first gently till it the foot is entirely inside the tube.

    2. With one hand, try to close the sleeves of the sock in the calf region and, with the other hand, pull the zip upward smoothly.

    3. After the zip is closed, check if the sock fits the leg entirely by running the hand on the hose. Make sure there are no folds, extra or loose fabric at any point.

    As you can see, the zipped sock is relatively comfortable to wear and take off, thus minimizing strain and frustration. This can be a life-saver for regular compression socks users and elders who are in nursing homes.

  • Less chance of damaging the fabric

    image of compression socks with zip or zipped compression stockings

    Zippered compression socks are less likely to get damaged because you do not have to force your foot inside the hose. The zip prolongs the life of compression socks by reducing the possibility of damage to the garment. You cannot risk any cuts or holes in the stockings when you can quickly wear the hose and simply zip it up.

Drawbacks of choosing the zippered option

The zippered design of the compression hose is an innovative one. However, the inclusion of the zip and its track must be flawless, to retain all the properties of regular socks. The position, stitching, and the placement of zipping are crucial for the integrity of the hose and the pressure gradient it is supposed to develop on the leg.  

image of human leg with indentations due to zipper compression socks.

One of the most common issues associated with zippered socks is that it can press against the skin and can cause discomfort. In low-quality, for instance, the zipper can leave indentations and marks. It can even cause itchiness, irritation, and in extreme cases, the zip can bite into the skin and cut it. Premium stockings, however, have a special protection flap made of soft fabric or plastic material. That protects the user’s skin from the zipper itself and makes the zipping/unzipping process completely safe and harmless. 

The second problem that you can face with zippered socks is that the zip can accidentally suck in your hair or even skin. Although the probability of this is shallow, people with more body hair often complain about their hair getting pulled in a while zipping. The reason that this hair problem can be painful and frequent is that the compression socks are tightly gripped your limb and are skin tight. When the zipper is running close to the skin surface, it can easily take the hair on the skin surface along with it.

Most of the zippered socks come with a soft fabric lining on the inside of the zip track. This additional layer of fiber protects the wearer’s skin, and you do not feel the zipper itself. These hose have high-quality zippers that have a long life and don’t reduce the durability of the hose. Zippered stockings keep the sock firmly together and in place, especially when you are moving.

Another potential hitch with them is that if you break the zip or damage its track, you have ruined the whole hose. The zipper can render the entire sock useless if it doesn’t work correctly. You need to take extra care while pulling the zipper when putting on and taking off the socks.

How to avoid all these risks?

image of person giving review with pen

The only way to avoid all these inherited problems of the zippered socks is to buy quality products with positive reviews and ratings. You can assess the performance of the zippered socks after wearing them for a long time. Thus user reviews can be helpful for you in determining which brand you should choose from the list.

Who can use it?

who can use compression socks with zip?

Men and women of all ages can wear compression socks with zips. These are becoming more and more famous because of the ease of putting on and taking them off. With these benefits and the growing demand for these types of socks, they are now an essential variant by many leading manufacturers and stores.

As explained earlier, the addition of zipping does not usually have any change in the feel, support, and comfort of the sock. However, the zippered design can be most useful for some individuals, including:

  • Chronic swelling and edema patients

    image of human leg with chronic swelling and edema

    Patients suffering from chronic edema and swelling due to venous disease, nature of work, or any other reason have to live with this condition for the rest of their lives. In some extreme cases of chronic edema and chronic venous disease, their health is incurable with medication or any surgery. The only option left for such individuals is to fight, control, and learn to minimize their condition.

    That not only involves regular and strict use of compression garments (with periodic consultation with their doctor) but also changes in diet and lifestyle. Regular users need to wear them daily and may have to take them off and put them back on in the day as well. That can be a tedious exercise and can take plenty of time as well. Zippered socks come in handy in these situations as the considerably decrease the putting on and taking off time. In addition to that, they are convenient to wear as well. That is why regular wearers prefer hose with the zip option.

  • Bed Bound patients

    image of doctor putting compression socks on patient's leg after surgery

    Patients that are fighting a disease that can restrict their movement. Fractures, or injuries that make one bed-ridden and post-surgical recovery patients are bed-ridden and have limited motions.

    The movement can cause pain and discomfort, and in some conditions, they are advised by the medics not to move at all. Such patients can face difficulty wearing regular socks or need the assistance of a nurse, a friend, or a family member to put on and take off the hose. Zippered socks can be a life-saver in such situations and can be a big help to the caretaker or medical staff as well.

  • Pregnant ladies, Overweight individuals, and elders

    image of a pregnant person wearing compression hosiery to reduce swelling

    Ladies that are pregnant and especially the ones in later stages of pregnancy also find it difficult to stretch and bend to wear compression socks. Zippered hose help out the pregnant ladies and ease the wearing process. Socks with zips let the ladies put them on and off with minimum effort and stretching in their third trimesters.

    Obesity can also restrict movement and is another cause of swollen feet and ankles as well. Overweight individuals struggle to touch their toes, let alone wear compression stockings. Zippered compression socks can help out such people and enable them to wear socks quickly and every day.

    funny image of obese person facing difficulty in wearing knee high regular socks

    Elders and seniors also have a similar issue. They may even face arthritis, edema, and other problems that can restrict their movement. Age can also make it difficult for them to complete their day to day tasks. Many elders living in senior citizen homes need constant care, and that includes assistance in wearing their clothes, shoes, and compression hosiery. Compression stockings with zippered design can make it convenient for the nurses and helpers to entertain elders and look after their needs. It can reduce their workload as well as give elders the chance to wear the compression stockings themselves.

  • People with more massive and healthier calf muscles

    picture of person suffering from spider veins in calf muscles using compression stockings zip one is good in this

    Calf muscles are a group of muscles in the back of the lower leg, extend from the heel to the end of the knee. These muscles are of significant clinical importance and can become a host for specific venous and circulatory issues. Most of the time, the swollen calf can be idiopathic cramps. Still, they can sometimes be symptoms of some other disease like Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), injury, dependent edema, varicose veins, and other circulatory disorders.

    say goodbye to calf pain use knee high zipped compression stockings

    Since the pressure gradient that the compression socks develop around the leg involves the calf muscles, they must be covered by the garment entirely. People with healthier legs and larger calf muscles can struggle to put on regular compression hosiery. They can thus use the zippered option to wear the stockings comfortably.

    Zippered compression socks are getting more and more popular because of the convenience they offer to the wearers. Some people prefer them when they are traveling only. At the same time, some athletes and runners keep a zippered compression socks pair in their backpacks for exercising. These zippered socks possess all the features of traditional compression stockings and combine them with the easy zip feature to make the product a definite win.

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Super Plus Size Compression Stockings – (With Pictures!)

Super Large Compression Socks with Zipper
Super Large Compression Socks with Zipper

Essentially, super plus size compression stockings are just bigger sized pantyhose which play the same role as other compression socks, but for bigger legs. These sophisticated compression stockings are designed to provide steady pressure in the lower extremities. By providing pressure, they are helping to push blood back towards the heart from the legs. More pressure is usually exerted at the ankles and feet, to provide the extra squeeze needed to promote blood flow. Just in case you have tried the plus size compression stockings and they still do not fit, let’s introduce you to the super plus size compression pantyhose.

Introduction to Super Plus Size Compression Stockings

The Super Plus Size Compression Stockings

Full-length Super Large Compression Socks
Full-length Super Large Compression Socks

Super Plus Size Compression stockings are unlike any compression socks you have seen before. Specially made to meet the compression needs of people with very large legs, these stockings are not very popular. However, they are also used in supporting both the venous and the lymphatic systems of bigger legs. These socks offer graduated compression, with maximum compression achieved around the ankles and decreasing as you go up the leg. Like your regular compression socks, they are snug-fitting and stretchy to squeeze your leg without being uncomfortable.

Snug-fitting super large compression socks
Snug-fitting super large compression socks

In essence, compression socks can do the following:

  • Help to improve blood flow
  • Help to prevent fluid from pooling in the lower legs
  • Help to prevent issues arising from skin ulcers and other related problems
  • Help to provide relief from symptoms of varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis, and skin ulcers
  • Help you maintain healthy legs if you are usually on your feet
They maintain healthy legs
They maintain healthy legs

Uses of Super Plus Size Compression Socks

They offer micro-massage
They offer micro-massage

Super plus size compression socks are designed to help correct the upwards flow of blood from the lower extremities (legs) towards the heart. This micro-massage offers the advantage of helping to prevent stagnation of body fluids and varicose veins. It also improves muscle oxygenation. The major function of these socks is to stimulate and enhance the circulation of blood from the legs up to the heart. In so doing, problems such as varicose veins, inflammation of the veins, and other pathologies that are related to venous insufficiency will be avoided.

Uses of Super Large Compression Socks
Uses of Super Large Compression Socks

Compression has to be graduated if blood flow must improve. This compression, which is applied on the walls of the blood vessels by the socks, will have to decrease from the lower part of the leg to the higher part. That is, the compression at the foot and ankle needs to be higher for the blood to rise easily.

Compression is graduated
Compression is graduated

Why are My Legs Getting Bigger?

There are many reasons your legs are so big they need super size compression socks for them. Here are some of them:

Why Are My Legs Getting Bigger
Why Are My Legs Getting Bigger


One of the major reasons your legs are becoming so big you need to use extremely large size compression pantyhose could be Lipedema. Lipedema is known as a disorder that involves enlargement of the legs caused by fat deposits under the skin. Contrary to some opinions, lipedema does not result from obesity. It is assumed to be caused by hormones and affects more women than men. On rare occasions where it occurs in men, it has been observed that such men have liver damage. When this condition is allowed to progress, it can become a severe medical problem that cannot be cured.


Treatment involves procedures that help to minimize the swelling, prevent escalation of the disease, and control the pain associated with it. The characteristic appearance of lipedema is abnormally enlarged legs all the way from the hips to the ankles, with the feet appearing normal sized.

Stages of lipedema
Stages of lipedema


One way to be sure you have lipedema is to run a Stemmer’s test. If you are able to pinch a fold of skin at the toe base or a finger, then the Stemmer’s test is negative. When the Stemmer’s test is positive, you will not be able to pinch the skin fold.

Stemmer’s test
Stemmer’s test

Here are some of the symptoms and characteristics of lipedema:

  • Awfully sensitive to touch
  • Easy bruising
  • Symmetrical swelling
  • Pain and aching usually spontaneous but can be caused by pressure
  • Obesity of the arms and/or legs that is often disproportional
  • Blood vessels may be broken underneath the skin
  • Spider veins become visible outside of the thigh
  • Dieting does not improve the parts affected by lipedema but improves other areas
  • Familial history


Experts suspect that lipedema has hormonal causes and affects mostly women and girls. The condition is said to worsen at puberty, in pregnancy, after gynecologic surgery, or during menopause. Also, people who have a familial history of the condition are susceptible to it because it may also be genetic. Many people suffering from lipedema are overweight or obese, but the condition also affects people with normal weight.


One of the best ways to treat lipedema is using compression therapy in addition to other arsenal of tools for treatment. Wearing super large compression pantyhose will help to effectively contain the symptoms of lipedema. Compression socks are often prescribed after the patient has gone through decongestive therapy to reduce the swelling. Compression socks will be used to encourage lymphatic fluids to flow out of the affected limb.

During the early stages, lipedema can be managed with exercise and healthy diet. Patients have to wear big size compression socks during the exercise. Exercise should be done for about 45 minutes about three times every week. This will prevent the swelling by improving circulation which helps to press water into the tissues. Patients should wear extra wide compression socks 24 hours a day, daily. Hence, it is of utmost importance that patients are correctly fitted and the best size of compression garment is chosen for each individual. Compression socks that do not fit accurately can increase discomfort and pain.

Lipedema Patient in Extra large Compression Socks
Lipedema Patient in Extra large Compression Socks

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Thrombophlebitis

People who have DVT have a blood clot developing in a vein in their legs. If you have this condition and do not manage it early, the blood clot could break off and move up to your lung. This could result in a life-threatening condition known as pulmonary embolism.


Thrombophlebitis, also known as superficial thrombophlebitis, causes clots to form closer to the skin surface, but they may not break off.


The first symptom you will notice is swelling of the calf or other part of the leg when the blood starts pooling in the area.

Symptoms of DVT
Symptoms of DVT

Other symptoms are:

  • Leg pain, cramping, or tenderness
  • Warm skin
  • Skin will be tinged blue or red
DVT causes skin discoloration
DVT causes skin discoloration


You can substantially cut your risk of having complications from DVT that are potentially debilitating by using super large compression socks in the first 24 hours of DVT therapy. During this acute phase of treatment, compression stockings are used as a preventive measure against complications. By lessening the diameter of the veins, these compression garments boost blood flow and clear the clot material.

Super Plus Size Compression socks for treating DVT
Super Plus Size Compression socks for treating DVT

Varicose Veins in the Legs

One of the most common disorders afflicting mankind is the leg vein problem. This problem has been in existence since the 5th century BC which was the dawn of civilization. Varicose veins, also known as varices, are veins which are abnormally dilated. Due to congestion of blood which will struggle to flow towards the heart from the legs, the tissues in the lower limbs will become seriously damaged.

Severe varicose veins
Severe varicose veins

In the circulatory system, the veins are tasked with bringing blood from the tissues to the heart. They form the main storage center of blood. With the venous system pressure being very low, the walls of the vessels, though thin, are equipped with a muscle layer which allows them contract or expand according to what the body needs at the time. The blood pressure in the veins reduces gradually from the feet up towards the heart.

Bilateral Varicose Veins
Bilateral Varicose Veins


As a symptom of a vein disease, varicose veins do not necessary show symptoms with severity that is directly proportional to the intensity of the alternation of the veins. Symptoms that may develop along with varicose veins include:

Symptoms of Varicose Veins
Symptoms of Varicose Veins
  • Itching
  • Pain
  • Sensation of congestion, heaviness, and pain in areas affected by varicose veins when you stand upright for a while
  • Night cramps
  • Dark patches on the skin as a result of red blood cells that leak out of the dilated veins; these are not usually present in the tissues


Varicose veins can be caused by issues relating to hereditary predisposition and natural origin, in addition to bad habits and some conditions. Some of the causes of varicose veins are:

  • pregnancy
Pregnant woman in super plus size compression pantyhose
Pregnant woman in super plus size compression stockings
  • sedentary lifestyle that often results in inactivity of the leg muscles
  • clothing that is too tight
  • obesity or being overweight
  • exposure to heat
  • very high-heeled or very low-heeled shoes

Wearing extra wide compression socks can help to reduce subjective symptoms of varicose veins such as blood flow and foot swelling.

Treating Varicose Veins
Treating Varicose Veins

Kidney Problems

Just like your other body organs, your kidneys are connected to other parts of your body and perform multiple jobs. The main function of the kidney is to filter out waste from your blood and remove the extra fluid which becomes urine. More so, the kidney controls blood pressure, helps to make red blood cells, regulate electrolytes, and activate vitamin D.

Kidney Problems Cause Swollen Ankles and Legs
Kidney Problems Cause Swollen Ankles and Legs

If your kidneys do not work like they should, you will have a long-term kidney disease. The kidneys will gather waste material and water from your blood instead of filtering them out. This can cause your legs and arms to swell. Acute kidney failure happens when the kidneys stop working suddenly. This can also result in swollen feet, ankles, and legs. However, this happens when you are hospitalized as a result of other problems.

Symptoms of Kidney Problem
Symptoms of Kidney Problem

If you have kidney problems, you may notice symptoms like:

  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Too much thirst
  • Shortness of breath
  • Bruising and bleeding
  • Blood is not flowing to your kidneys; this could be as a result of:
    • Liver failure
    • Infection
    • Medications like aspirin, naproxen, ibuprofen, or COX-2 inhibitors
    • Heart failure
    • Blood or fluid loss
    • Dehydration or severe burns
  • Something is not allowing urine to flow out of your kidneys, meaning:
    • Cervical, colon, bladder, or prostate cancer
    • Kidney stones
    • Enlarged prostate
    • Blood clots in the urinary tract
    • Nerve damage in the bladder
  • Your kidney has been damaged by something like:
    • Deposits of cholesterol
    • Blood clots
    • Inflamed kidney filters or glomerulonephritis
    • Medications like NSAIDS that can cause direct damage to the kidneys


How to treat kidney failure
How to treat kidney failure

When you have kidney failure, the skin tends to be frail and gets torn easily. You need to use compression stockings that are adjustable and easy to put on like big size compression socks. Compression therapy is more effective when you use it in conjunction with dialysis days. Compression can help to improve the quality of life of people with kidney problems by protecting the skin from tears and reduce the weight of water in the legs.

Types of Extra Wide Compression Stockings

Types of Super Plus Size Compression socks
Types of Super Plus Size Compression stockings

You need the right size and amount of pressure for your specific compression needs. Typically, compression stockings come as knee high or thigh high form. The knee-high stockings help to promote circulation in the lower extremities and whenever you are exercising. Meanwhile, thigh high compression stockings are often recommended by doctors for treating venous issues like varicose veins. They are also used to prevent formation of blood clots after surgery. You can easily tell the intended use of a particular compression stocking by the following:

  • The shape of the product and degree of compression it exerts;
  • The aesthetic appearance;
  • The fabric it is made up of;

 The three main kinds of compression stockings, which are available for super plus size are:

Support Stockings or Preventive Elastic Stockings

If all you need is little pressure from extra large compression socks, try support socks. They come often as support pantyhose. The support pantyhose is the least tight option as far as compression stockings are concerned.

Compression Stockings

Available in different pressure ranges, super big compression pantyhose can be purchased from pharmacies, drugstores, and online stores. They usually provide more compression support than pantyhose.

Prescription or Graduated Compression Stockings

These are for people with conditions that require a great amount of pressure. Usually, a specialist has to fit these stockings to make sure they work effectively. They are snug but not too tight to the extent that they will interfere with your circulation. Graduated compression stockings are great for both medical and therapeutic uses.

Graduated super plus size compression socks
Graduated super plus size compression stockings

Why You Should Avoid Wearing Tight Compression Stockings

Extra Large Compression Socks play a vital role in managing venous diseases, venous ulcers, and averting thromboembolic diseases in the legs’ deep venous system. Although they can look very easy to apply, they have the potential to cause a lot of damage if they are worn inappropriately. Cases of the pressure being unevenly distributed or in excess could cause skin breakage, especially in patients who are older, malnourished, or have brittle, thin skin. There is, therefore, need for careful application, assessment, and monitoring of compression stockings. When using compression stockings, you need to understand that one size does not fit all.

Super big Compression socks for Extra Wide Calf
Super Plus Size Compression Pantyhose for Extra Wide Calf

If you use your compression socks incorrectly, it is most likely that there may be a problem. Incorrect use of compression pantyhose, whether in patient care facilities or hospitals, could also result from wearing the wrong stocking size. The side effects of wearing tight compression stockings is usually borne out of incorrect use. Unlike most people think, wearing compression stockings can hurt you, especially if you are not wearing them the right way. You will definitely experience some unpleasant side effects, which could lead to complications if the stockings are not removed immediately.

Early Signs

One of the first signs that you need super big compression socks is that you will find out that your compression stockings are too hard to put on, or too tasking to take off. This depends on whether they are wrong for the condition you are treating, or the length is wrong. When this happens, you need to start considering upgrading your stockings to super large compression socks. These side effects of wearing tight compression stockings are usually minor and can be solved as soon as you get a new pair that fits your legs perfectly.

Reasons to Avoid Wearing Very Tight Compression Stockings

Here are some reasons you should not wear very tight compression stockings:


If you wear your compression stockings incorrectly, one of the first side effects that you will notice is discomfort. While wearing the stockings, some people tend to suffer from pain, discomfort, and other unpleasant sensations. Others only feel pain after removing the compression stockings. If you fall under any of these categories, try not to wear the compression stockings for too long. Wear them only during the day and take them off before going to bed. There is no point wearing compression stockings to sleep because, when sleeping, gravity will have the same effect as compression stockings on your legs.

Tingling and numbness of the feet

When you have a certain numbness, tingling, or pricking of your skin, the sensation is referred to as Paresthesia. Some people refer to it as a feeling of the limbs being ‘asleep’, or a feeling of ‘pins and needles’. You are more likely to experience Paresthesia if your compression stockings are too tight.

Numb and tingling feet
Numb and tingling feet
Calluses and corns

One of the ways your skin protects itself from pressure and friction is by becoming hard. Hardening of layers of the skin can develop on the toes, feet and other parts of the legs when you wear compression stockings that are too tight.

Corns and calluses
Corns and calluses

Loss of circulation

Compression stockings are designed to help people suffering from circulation problems. However, wearing tight or incorrect compression socks could end up amplifying a problem the stockings are supposed to help with. If you wear the right size of compression pantyhose, and wear them correctly, they will help you with your circulation. However, if they simply do not fit, one of the first things you will notice will be loss of circulation. If you are already using plus size compression stockings and notice you are experiencing circulation issues, you might want to upgrade to extra large compression socks.

Skin itching and irritation

One of the common side effects of wearing compression stockings is itching, and this often occurs around the compressed area. When you notice itching, first run an allergy test in order to be sure your skin is not reacting to the fiber materials in the socks. If the allergy test turns out to be negative, your compression stockings are probably too tight. Consider getting super large compression pantyhose instead.

Skin itching and irritation
Skin itching and irritation

Spasms in toes

When wearing your compression stockings, you may experience a sudden, involuntary, and violent contraction of muscles in your toes. This contraction is often accompanied by sudden interference in function and sudden pain, which could produce a distortion and sudden, involuntary movement. When you experience these, know that your compression stockings are doing your body more harm than good. You should stop using them, and use extra big compression pantyhose instead if you were using a big size already.

Spasms in Toes
Spasms in Toes

Swelling in the toes

You could have swelling in your toes if you wear tight compression stockings. If your compression stockings are doing their work well, you should not be having any swelling in your toes.

Swollen toes
Swollen toes

Joint pain in the knees

Joint pain in the knees is one of the many problems wearing compression stockings can help you deal with. However, if you are wearing the wrong size, you will be exposing yourself to more joint pain in your knees. When you start feeling this pain, consult your healthcare provider or doctor immediately.

Joint Pain in the Knees
Joint Pain in the Knees

Bad smell

It is important to have more than one pair of compression stockings. Some people even have more than two pairs. There are conditions that require you wear only one stocking. When you are wearing one stocking or one pair of stockings, you should be wearing the other one and drying it up. It is important to wash and dry your compression stockings properly so as to prevent unpleasant smells. This will help you to keep a good hygiene.

Application of Compression Stockings

You can make extremely large compression pantyhose part of your daily routine. To be sure they fit right, the stockings will be snug but offer adequate comfort. For quicker result, you should consider wearing them all the time. The only time you may take them off is when you are bathing or sleeping.

Before Applying the Extra Wide Compression Stockings

Although application of these stockings can be quite tricky, the following tips should help to ease the process:

  • When you have bought your super big compression socks, wash them. This will stretch them a little and make them easier for you to put on.
  • If you have an open wound on your legs, dress it neatly and cover it before you put on the compression stockings.
  • Keep the compression stockings by your bed, just within reach so that you can wear them as soon as you get up.

Putting on the Extra Wide Compression Stockings

If this is your first time of wearing these compression stockings, you may encounter some complications. Follow the following procedure to put on your compression stockings:

  • First, you have to determine the correct size of your leg’s circumference by taking the measurement.
Take the correct measurement
Take the correct measurement
  • Turn the compression stockings inside out until you get to the heel part.
  • To ease the process for open-toe compression stockings, you can put on your silk stockings first. Use both of your hands to stretch the stocking’s foot then put in your foot until you get to the heel.
  • After wearing the silk stocking, put on the stocking you had rolled previously. Adjust the mesh position using the palm of your hand. Check to make sure the compression is stretched in a uniform manner.
  • Pay close attention to the heel to ensure it is in the right position.
  • Unroll your stockings completely and adjust it until it is in the right position. Use the palm of your hand to position the mesh without pulling the top of the stocking directly.
Position the compression stockings properly
Position the compression stockings properly
  • After doing this, take off the silk stocking by pulling it from the toe part.
  • Check your stockings to make sure there are no creases or wrinkles that may cause irritation or hinder blood flow.

What to do when you encounter any trouble

It is possible to encounter some problems when putting on your extra extra large compression socks. Here are a few tips to help you:

  • If necessary, put on rubber gloves. These will allow you properly grip the fabric.
  • Apply talcum powder or silicone lotion (like ALPS) on your legs before applying the stockings and make them easier to slide on. For stockings that contain latex or those you are not sure contain latex, you should not use just any cream or lotion on the legs when wearing the stockings. When you are not wearing the stockings, you may apply any other cream or lotion you like.
  • As stated earlier, you should try using a silk slip sock if you are using toeless stockings. This silk slip sock helps the stocking slide easily over the foot, and you can pull it off through the toe after putting on the stockings. Visit any medical supply store to get one.
  • Another option for easing the application of your compression stockings is by using a stocking butler. This is a metal device that helps to keep the stocking open as you step into it. It can be pretty hard to use so try one first before buying it.
  • If, at any point, your toes start feeling numb, sore, inflamed, or turn dark while wearing the compression stockings, take them off. Consult your doctor afterwards.

Final Thoughts

You could really benefit from wearing super plus size compression stockings irrespective of whether you are a man, woman, or child. You could also benefit whether or not you have health problems. People wear them for comfort and to prevent severe medical conditions. Apart from improving blood flow, they help minimize pain and swelling in the legs. By using these stockings, you are lessening your chances of having deep vein thrombosis, blood clots, and other problems associated with circulation.

Best for calf support
Best for calf support
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Footless Compression Socks – Complete Guide (with Pictures!)

What are compression socks?

Compression socks are not your regular type of socks that you can pick up at the store. Compression socks are a specially constructed pair of socks that are made to be tight and snug when worn. This is because it is made of a stretchy fabric that hugs the legs and feet in order to apply pressure onto the legs. In a nutshell, compression socks are as the name suggests; socks that offer compression when they are worn.

Compression socks are not a 21st-century invention; they date back to the New Stone Age. During the Neolithic period, cavemen were actually into this trend long before it was popular. According to paintings that date back to 5000 BCE, soldiers were painted with bandages around their legs. Though researchers are yet to prove that these bandages were a form of compression therapy, it is typically considered to be the very first evidence of compression wear in the world.

Fast forward to a few thousand years where an antique collector purchases the Edwin Smith Papyrus. The Edwin Smith Papyrus is the world’s oldest surgical document written by Edwin Smith that dates back to around 1600 BC. In his document, Edwin Smith recorded the use of bandages to apply pressure on the legs. It was the first scientific documentation of compression therapy.

After another time jump, compression wear ended up in the era of Hippocrates. Hippocrates, a famous doctor (Hippocratic Oath) wrote that he used bandages as a form of compression therapy to prevent the pooling of blood in the legs and feet of his patients.

If it was good enough for Hippocrates then it is definitely good enough for the modern era. Over the next thousands of years, compression therapy was advanced, changes, and modified in different ways to be what it is now. In the 20th century, new methods of compression popped up and compression wear became very popular thanks to socks, stockings, sleeves, and much more. Today, compression wear comes with fastenings such as zippers, are made to match pop culture, icons, themes, holidays, and much more.

What are compression socks used for?

There are many uses of compression socks but the most popular is for managing medical conditions. Over the years, compression socks have been used in managing three main medical conditions; Edema, Varicose Veins, and Deep Vein Thrombosis. Each of these conditions affects the veins of the legs.

Edema is swelling that is caused by excess fluid that is trapped in your body tissues. Edema can affect any part of the body as fluid is trapped in the tissues. However, it often occurs in the legs, feet, ankles, arms, and feet. It usually starts slowly but it can often occur suddenly.

All the tissues in your body are made up of cells, blood vessels, and connective tissues that hold the cells together called the interstitium. Most of the body fluids that are found outside the cells are stored in two spaces. First is in the blood vessels as the liquid or serum portion of your blood, and the second is interstitial spaces that are found outside the cells.

In different instances, the fluids accumulate in one or both of these compartments. When fluid accumulates in the interstitial spaces, it can result in several types of edema. Pulmonary edema is where excess fluids collect in the interstitial spaces in the lungs. This is a dangerous form of edema because it can lead to heart failure or acute lung injury. It puts the patient’s life at risk.

Cerebral edema is where fluid accumulates in the brain. This form of edema can happen due to a number of reasons that are all life-threatening. The patient will often experience nausea, headaches, dizziness, neck pain, stiffness, partial or whole loss of vision, and loss of consciousness.

Finally, there is peripheral edema which affects the legs, knees, ankles, and arms. peripheral edema is caused by sitting or standing for too long, dietary factors such as eating food that has too much salt, hormonal changes as a result of pregnancy, or menstruation, diabetes, allergies, and side effects of drugs such as high blood pressure medication.

Peripheral edema presents symptoms such as swelling or puffiness of tissue directly under your skin. The skin is also stretchy, and shiny; when you press on it, a dimple remains. This is what is called pitting. Because of the swelling, you will experience aching in the legs and feet.

Doctors recommend wearing compression socks to treat symptoms of edema. Compression socks create pressure on the tissues of the body in order to release the build-up of fluids. Patients with edema who wear compression socks notice reduced swelling within days of wearing them. With reduced swelling, other symptoms such as pain, tightness, and warmth also reduce.

Having edema can put you at risk of developing varicose veins. When veins become abnormally thick, swollen, and bulge on the surface of the skin, they are called varicose veins. They often appear on the thighs and legs.

There are two main systems of veins in the body. The first is deep veins; as the name suggests, they are located deeper in the body. The second is the superficial veins that are found close to the surface of the skin. The superficial veins are less important than the deep veins but are the ones that become varicose veins.

Both superficial and deep veins contain one-way valves that are responsible for letting blood flow through by regularly opening and closing. Sometimes, the valves can fail to mean that they will not close properly. When they do not close, blood pools backward into the veins which increases pressure and causes them to budge, and swell. The increased pressure is what causes varicose veins.

Veins also rely on muscles to push blood back to the heart. Activities such as walking, running, or swimming stimulates the muscles to circulate blood in the veins. When these muscles are at rest such as when you sit for a long time, or stand, circulation slows down in the veins. This results in pooling which increases pressure in the veins resulting in varicose veins.

Varicose veins are often hereditary; if someone in your family develops them then you are at a higher risk of developing them too. Hormonal factors also contribute to the development of varicose veins. These can include puberty, pregnancy, menopause, and the use of birth control pills.

Normally, varicose veins are nothing but a cosmetic problem. The veins increase in size, may twist, and turn bluish purple. Other than that, varicose veins for most people is hardly inconvenient. However, there are some who will experience slight to extreme pain in the affected areas. the legs will feel tired, and heavy. More than that, the veins are warm or hot to the touch depending on how severe the varicose veins. Moreover, the surrounding skin will be tight, and ashy.

If left untreated, these symptoms can do a lot of damage to the legs, and feet. The skin will be the most affected as it will start to thin. You may also develop eczema due to irritation in the affected areas. If these skin changes continue to progress, the skin will get even more damaged through the development of a skin ulcer. Bumping your varicose veins can cause bleeding which happens in excess due to pooling.

Compression socks do not cure varicose veins but they do manage the symptoms. Because of the firm compression they offer, these socks squeeze the walls of the veins which internally increases the pressure of blood flow. This reduces pooling in the veins which in turn lessens swelling, pain, and discoloration. patients with varicose veins often experience relief after wearing compression socks to manage varicose veins symptoms.

Finally, varicose veins are closely associated with Deep Vein Thrombosis. People who have varicose veins are at risk of developing deep vein thrombosis. Deep vein thrombosis or DVT is a condition where a blood clot develops in one or more of the deep veins that are found in the body.

Deep vein thrombosis can be caused by a number of factors. The first is an inherited or genetic disorder that increases the chances of developing a blood clot. Cancer and some treatments of cancer such as chemotherapy will also put you at risk of developing DVT. Limited blood flow can also cause DVT because the blood will slow down, increasing the chances of developing blood clots. Hormonal changes brought about by pregnancy can also increase your chance of developing DVT.

People above the age of 40 are at a higher risk of developing DVT as well as being overweight, using birth control pills and having a central venous catheter or pacemaker. Some surgeries cause damage to blood vessels which increases the chances of developing blood clots.

The primary symptom of deep vein thrombosis is swelling of the arm or the leg; it can happen gradually, or drastically. Pain is the next symptom which can also come as tenderness of the affected area especially when you stand or walk. When the affected area swells, it also becomes warm and sometimes hot to the touch.

The skin around the affected area also becomes discolored, often red or bluish if it is severe. The veins near the surface of the skin will also appear to be larger than normal such as in varicose veins. In some cases, you will develop symptoms of Pulmonary Embolism such as pain in the back, sharp pain in the chest that occurs when you walk or cough, bloody cough, faster heartbeat, and sudden shortness of breath.

Compression socks are a great form of therapy for deep vein thrombosis. For people who are at risk of developing DVT, the compression socks will prevent the risk of forming blood clots in the veins through improving circulation in the veins. Compression socks speed up the blood flow in the veins reducing the chances of developing blood clots.

Other than helping with these medical conditions, compression socks are also being used as running accessories. It is very common these days to see runners wearing bright and colorful knee-high socks while running. They are also popular at the gym, among hikers, and athletes.

These are compression socks and they are used by runners because they give extra comfort and help reduce lactate concentration in the legs.  Also, after running a marathon or training, the compression socks help to circulate blood during relaxation. They reduce the amount of soreness and help runners recover faster.

Compression socks are used post-surgery. Doctors often recommend compression socks as a recovery tool after undergoing surgery. Some surgeries are minor and quick; recovery is often easy and can be done while going about your regular schedule. Other surgeries are major and call for recovery to be done in bed and off your feet.

Doctors recommend compression socks to people who will be off their feet for a long time after surgery in order to maintain healthy blood circulation. They reduce the risk of forming blood clots too.

Another group of people who use compression socks is frequent fliers. People who are always flying end up sitting or lying down for a long time. Going for long periods without stimulating your leg muscles with exercise can cause blood clots and weaken the health of your legs and feet overall.

People who fly a lot such as pilots and flight attendants should wear compression socks in order to stimulate their legs and maintain proper circulation, and good leg health overall.

The last use of compression socks is to provide overall comfort. Even if you do not fly a lot, run, or have a medical condition, you should still use compression socks if your legs feel tired or heavy at the end of the day. If you have been on your feet all day and your legs are tired, compression socks will help with recovery.

Styles of Compression Socks

The 21st century has seen many styles of compression socks so far. Manufacturers and physicians realized that the regular compression sock that reaches just at the knew and covers the whole foot is not ideal for everyone. People needed more or less coverage depending on their needs. This brought about different styles of compression socks that have become just as popular as the footed knee highs.

Knee-high socks are the most popular style of compression socks in the market. They reach just below the knee and often cover the leg and foot altogether. These are popular among runners, athletes, and nurses. They often come in colorful prints, and patterns making them even more attractive to wearers.

Low cut socks have become especially popular among people due to the ‘invisibility’ characteristic when worn with shoes. Low cut compression socks are just as popular for the same reason. They are often worn by people whose feet sell more than the legs and things.

Another style of compression socks is thigh-high compression socks. Thigh-high compression socks reach up to the mid-thigh where an elastic band holds it in place. These types of compression socks are often worn by people who have deep vein thrombosis or have noticed swelling and varicose veins on their thighs.

These are the three main styles of compression socks. They were further modified to provide users with comfort depending on their needs. The first modification made was the toeless compression socks. Toeless compression socks are either thigh-high, low-cut, or full-length hose that covers every part of the foot except the toes.

Another modification is the zippered compression socks. This modification is a regular type of compression sock that has been added a zipper at the side. The zipper is to facilitate easier wearing and taking off. Another similar modification is velcro at the side for the same purpose. These compression socks are often worn by seniors who may struggle to put on compression socks. They are also preferred by immobile patients.

The last modification is the footless compression sock. As the name suggests, footless compression socks are socks that cover the leg up to the knee but do not cover any part of the foot. They are often worn by athletes, and people whose swelling is more concentrated on the legs than the feet.

Why Go Footless?

If you are like most people and enjoy giving your toes or feet breathing space, then footless compression socks are the socks for you. During the summer, it can get very hot and you will end up with hot feet if you wear footed compression socks. While they are very absorbent and comfortable, you should consider a more breathable modification that is the footless compression sock.

Compression socks with a footless option give the wearer whole new freedom without sacrificing proper blood flow. Going footless allows you to wear sandals, flip flops, and peep toes for more formal occasions. These compression socks also allow you to go barefoot at the beach. Footless compression socks are also good for diabetes patients because it makes it easier to inspect for injuries, and bruises that they may not be aware of.

The biggest advantage of footless compression socks is that they encourage wearing during the summer rather than abandoning them for the seasons because it is too hot. With footles compression wear, you will not experience any cramping and crowding of the toes which can be bothersome to people with foot problems such as bunions, toenail issues or highly sensitive toes.

Buying Guide for Footless Compression Socks

Buying footless compression socks is just like buying regular compression socks. The first thing you need to take note of is the fabric. Today, compression socks are made of different fabrics including nylon, spandex, cotton, and many more. Your compression socks should feel comfortable to wear at all times. Therefore, ensure that your compression socks do not irritate your skin. You can choose more than one fabric if they work for you in order to give yourself a choice and prevent limitations.

The second thing you need to look at is the band around the ankle and the top of the socks. Footless compression socks do not cover the foot; they end just at the ankle. When buying this type of compression socks, ensure that the ankle has a band to ensure that compression is as it should be.

Whether your compression socks end at the knee or thigh, it is important to ensure that there is a band at the top to prevent them from slipping down. The band should be secure and firmly sitting on the skin without bunching up or letting loose.

When it comes to the compression level, it is best to leave it to the specialists. Before you diagnose yourself a compression level for your legs and feet, visit a physician to get examined. A specialist will help determine which level of compression is needed to treat your symptoms. Buying a compression level that is too high will do the opposite and instead cut off blood circulation. On the other hand, buying a pressure level that is too low will do nothing for your symptoms which puts you at more risk.

Color and pattern are entirely up to you. Many people are able to find their type of compression wear in terms of style, and color depending on what they need. Footless compression socks come in blacks and nudes which are great for wearing under your regular clothes for office days.

They also come in bright and colorful patterns. These compression socks are worn by athletes, nurses, teachers, dancers, and many more people. They embrace these colors to make them more appealing and attractive going against the notions that compression socks are boring.

Finally, when buying footles compression socks, ensure that you get a fitting done by a professional. Like other forms of compression socks, you will need to have a professional fit you to ensure that you get the right size of compression socks. Wearing a size that is too small, will work against circulation and instead prevent proper blood flow. Buying a size that is too big will do nothing for your blood circulation. If you are buying online, then you can do the measurements yourself before buying the socks.

Footless compression socks are like any other form of compression wear. That been said, a bigger portion of compression socks lies on how well you care for your socks. They need to be washed every day using mild soap, and cold water. Use your hands to wash them instead of throwing them in the washing machine. This will prevent the elastic from wearing out quickly.

When drying them, pat them down with a towel to remove excess water. Wringing will reduce the lifespan of the socks. It is always best to have more than one pair to allow you to switch them out when you wash and dry them. After 6 to 8 months, replace your compression socks to ensure the best leg health.

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Compression Sleeves Leg – (Best for Running!)

Variations of compression legwear including compression socks, compression stockings, compression tights/leggings, compression shorts and compression leg sleeves

There are so many different types of compression legwear in the market like compression socks, compression stockings, compression tights/leggings, compression shorts, and compression sleeves. While you are doing your research on which one you should go for, you might yourself be slightly confused on which one to get. Well, today I’m going to write about compression leg sleeves and hopefully, this can clear some smoke out of your vision to help you make a better decision on choosing the right compression legwear for yourself.


Compression Sleeves for Legs

Red compression leg sleeves/leg compression sleeves with compression socks for calf muscle

Compression leg sleeves also known as compression calf tights/tube socks. They are invented by the Nelson Knitting Company of Rockford, Illinois, just over 50 years ago, in 1967- the same year that America’s first professional soccer leagues were established. Compression leg sleeves soon became a product of Americans’ simultaneous love of sports, technological innovation, and fashion statements. They are particularly popular for people playing basketball and soccer.

What Do They Do?

Compression sleeves for legs/compression leg sleeves with compression support for the calf muscle

They function under the same principles of compression socks and any other compression legwear in the market. They hug your legs tightly and exert compression pressure on your legs to promote better blood circulation to prevent blood clotting in a certain area of the legs. They also help straighten out the vein walls to a better working state to assist the valves to function properly by opening to allow blood flow toward the heart and closing to prevent blood from flowing backward. The application of the pressure applied on the legs gives the veins that take de-oxygenated blood back to the heart, against gravity, a much-needed boost.

What Happens if Your Blood Circulation is Disrupted?

Diagram of blood circulation of the human body

Do you actually know how important it is to have and maintain a healthy blood circulatory system in your body, especially in the lower limbs? Let me paint you a picture of how your blood circulation works?

Blood circulation is one of the most critical processes in the human body. It is carried out by the body’s most significant organ, the heart, along with a network of blood vessels and other tissues. This process helps carry blood to every nut-and-bolt of your body, allowing even distribution of oxygen and nutrients. It also helps remove waste and fight off potential diseases and illnesses.

Wearing compression leg wear like compression socks or compression leg sleeves can help prevent blood clot and promote better blood flow

When your blood circulation is screwed up and going zig-zagging around the circulatory system, it can lead to nerve damage, tissue damage, blood clots, etc. Blood clots are formed when the blood circulation at one part of your body is disrupted, on the surface, it could look just like any ordinary bruise. And while there is a blood clotting at a certain part of your body, what it does is making it even harder for the blood to flow back to your heart. It then results in a disruption of the distribution of oxygen and nutrients throughout your body as mentioned above. Poor blood circulation could lead to a list of leg diseases that are serious health concerns and one of the most common ones is Venous Reflux Disease (also known as Chronic Venous Insufficiency).

What is Venous Reflux Diseases?

Graphic of venous reflux diseases showing how blood flow works between healthy vein valves and damaged vein valves

Venous reflux diseases is a medical condition affecting the circulation of blood in the legs. Normally, one-way valves in the veins keep blood flowing toward the heart against the nature of law- gravity. When the valves become weak and could not function properly, they allow blood to flow backward and this is a condition called reflux.

Venous reflux disease can produce a number of clinical problems for the patient and the more serious symptoms like:

  • Varicose veins
  • Spider veins
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Venous ulcers
  • Peripheral edema
  • Lymphedema
  • Phlebitis
  • Lipodermatosclerosis

Now you know how important it is to maintain healthy blood flow, especially in the lower llimbs. Now you are thinking, I train every day, my legs are pretty healthy and are in the best shapes they can be, I should be safe from those horrible leg symptoms. Then, let me ask you a question.

Do you stand or sit for a long period of time every day?

Compression socks or compression leg sleeves/leg compression sleeves are great compression tool for people standing and sitting for better leg health

Your answer has to be yes. Because that is basically everyone in the world nowadays. You tell me, whose jobs these days don’t require them to either be on their feet or sit through the whole duty the whole day? STANDING and SITTING are the number one reasons that cause blood flow disruption due to lack of movement in the lower limbs. This is why you need the external compression support provided by wearing compression legwear like compression leg sleeves are great preventive measures to combat all of those above.

What is the Difference Between These Two?

Compression Socks vs Compression Leg Sleeves

Black compression socks vs orange compression leg sleeves/compression sleeves for calf for calf muscle support

The main difference between compression socks and compression sleeves is that compression socks provide full coverage and compression pressure from your leg to your foot while compression leg sleeves are only worn around the calf and end just above the ankle. Sometimes they provide support to your knees to depends on the length you go for. There are compression leg sleeves that are just below the knee and some that go over the thigh.

Men wearing over the knee compression leg sleeves/leg compression sleeves working out in the gym for better blood flow and to prevent muscle swelling

Compression leg sleeves are mainly used for intensive training while the compression socks are used for after training. It is not advisable to wear tubes after a workout because there is no compression pressure applied on the foot, only the calf muscle and because of this your foot will be painful and fluid retention can develop.

Men wearing black compression socks

Meanwhile, compression socks relieve muscle fatigue and stimulate blood lactate removal that enhances recovery. They improve the drainage of blood and flue which fastens the healing process of injuries such as shin, splints, calf, and Achilles tendon problems.

Who Should Wear These Sleeves?

Compression Leg Sleeves

Graphic of multiple athletes

Compression leg sleeves are especially popular among professional or amateur athletes and sports enthusiasts. They are medically proven to be extremely helpful to enhance performances for athletes and sports enthusiasts like:

  • Participants of Decathlon
  • Participants of Triathlon
  • Basketball players
  • Soccer players
  • Cyclists
  • Runners/Marathon runners
  • Wrestlers
  • Dancers
Graphic of multiple athletes running

Helpful benefits and advantages include:

  • Improved circulation and blood flow which means more oxygen/nutrients are delivered to the muscles
  • Reduces delayed onset muscles soreness that can happen 24 to 72 hours after exercise
  • Flushes the body of waste products including carbon dioxide and lactic acid
  • Reduces recovery time from injuries, strains
  • Can control body temperature
  • Improves perceived exertion
  • Provides physiological advantages- These can be simply feeling like you look better, which can boost your confidence and motivation
  • Aids in proprioception or how you sense your body’s position in space creating a more efficient muscle movement aspect
  • Moisture can be repelled or “wicked” away from the body, allowing it to evaporate faster

Best to Wear During Training to Reduce Swelling and Muscle Soreness

Graphic of men with injured knee and calf muscle

In general, wearing compression leg sleeves helps to reduce swelling on your joints and calf muscles. Runners and triathletes, especially, should wear compression leg sleeves during training because they can help the skeletal-muscle pump, increase deep venous velocity and decrease blood pooling in the calf veins and alleviate delayed-onset muscle soreness. They will help to hold both your muscles and tendons in place when you are rocking on the fields or the gyms. Also, wearing compression sleeves for legs helps to stop the muscles from producing creatine kinase, which causes muscle tissue damage. Additionally, they prevent the formation of lactic acid and improves the tendency of the muscles to recover quickly after each workout.

Best to Wear During Training to Provide Protection From External Elements

Man running in a pair of blue compression leg sleeves/leg compression sleeves

Other than that, they are also a great external tool for your leg as protection against many outdoor elements, scratches, and abrasions, especially for outdoor runners. Trail runners benefit from wearing compression leg sleeves since they are prone to injuries from elements along their trail. Also, when poison ivy comes in contact with your skin, it can cause very painful rashes and compression leg sleeves are here to save the day by acting as a great preventive measure against all those elements.

Other Alternative: Over-the-Knee

Compression Leg Sleeves

Man wearing a pair of black over the knee compression leg sleeves/leg compression sleeves for calf muscle support

As mentioned above, compression leg sleeves could come in two different lengths: knee-high and over-the-knee. So, what exactly is the difference between the two? There is not much difference except for the extra knee support provided over-the-knee compression leg sleeves.

Basketball player wearing compression leg sleeves/leg compression sleeves while playing basketball to avoid potential leg injury and reduce muscle swelling and soreness

Athletes, especially runners or football players that play sports involving intensive lower leg movement should wear compression leg sleeves that are over the knee to avoid potential knee injuries. Of all the aches and pains that can plague runners, knee pain is one of the most common. According to research, approximately 25 percent of running-related injuries are attributed to patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS), or in layman terms- “runner’s knee”.

The most common knee injuries include:

  • Fractures
  • Tendon tears
  • Tendonitis
  • Collateral ligament injuries
  • Dislocation

The most common knee conditions include:

  • Runner’s knee (PFPS)
  • IT (iliotibial) band syndrome
  • Ligament tears (ACL and MCL tears being the most common)
  • Meniscus Tears (a tear of the cartilage in the knee joint)

More Information about Knee Injury

Graphic of knee injury

Runner’s knee can often lead to chondromalacia, a condition that develops when the cartilage under the kneecap becomes rough with repeated wear and tear. This “roughening” causes increased friction below the joint’s surface, leading to irritation, inflammation, and pain.

Normal vs torn meniscus

Structural problems such as ligament or meniscus tears are usually another story. These injuries, by definition, suggest damage to one of the stabilizing structures in the knee joint. Symptoms of instability, swelling, limited range of motion, and higher levels of pain are more common with these injuries and are all signs of one should have their knee examined by a doctor before returning to running or playing running-intensive sports.

Wearing These Sleeves Can Prevent Knee Injury

Man wearing one compression leg sleeves that are over the knee for knee support and blood flow

Matter of fact, in 2010, over 10 million visits to the doctor occurred due to knee pain and injury. I’m not going to go deep in the medical terms for all sorts of knee conditions but what I’m trying to say is, these knee injuries are very likely to happen to athletes/sports enthusiasts that play running-intensive sports. Some of the knee injuries are so intense it may very well end your athletic career.

This is why compression leg sleeves are trending and popular among all athletes and sports enthusiasts. I am not saying wearing them will bring the risk of any leg-related injury to zero but wearing them will definitely reduce the risk down to minimal. So, even if you are just an amateur athlete or if you sometimes play a pick-up basketball game during your free time, I highly suggest you go get yourself a pair of compression leg sleeves to enhance your performance during the recreational activities you are into. Not only that but to minimize the chance of getting your legs injured.

Also, remember to switch to a pair of compression socks to enhance recovery after your intense training because compression leg sleeves are more suitable to wear during training and compression socks are used after training as mentioned above. So, remember to take note!

Compression Therapy Guide

Before we say goodbye, let me enlighten you on the complete compression therapy guide to make sure you don’t go ahead and pick the compression level that is too low or too high for you. It could lead to a lower limb blood flow disaster if the compression pressure is too high for you. On the other hand, you won’t get the treatment you need if the compression pressure is too low for you, so you would be essentially wearing them for nothing.

Compression legwear comes in varying degrees of compression pressure levels. Typically, they come in 4 standard compression levels and are measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg). They are indicated with a range of numbers like “20-30” mmHg, which means that the amount of pressure applied to your legs will not fall below 20 mmHg and not exceed 30 mmHg.

Compression level: Light compression

15-20 mmHg Over the Counter

  • For the prevention and relief of minor to moderate varicose and spider veins
  • Helps relieve tired, aching legs, and minor swelling of feet, ankles, and legs
  • Helps prevent varicose veins and spider veins during pregnancy
  • Helps prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis, also known as Economy Class Syndrome
  • Used in post-sclerotherapy treatment to help prevent the reappearance of varicose veins and spider veins
  • Ideal compression level used for those traveling long distances

This low compression level is suitable for everyday wear for everyone out there to help with mild swelling and fatigued legs due to long periods of standing, sitting, and traveling. It is a popular choice for office workers, waiters/waitresses, teachers, chefs, frequent travelers, etc.

Compression level: Medium compression

20-30 mmHg- Medical Grade Class I

  • Helps prevent and relieve moderate to severe varicose veins (also during pregnancy)
  • For post-surgical and post sclerotherapy treatment to help prevent the reappearance of varicose and spider veins
  • Helps in the treatment of moderate to severe edema or lymphatic edema
  • Helps with the management of active ulcers and manifestations of Post-Thrombotic Syndromes
  • Helps relieve superficial thrombophlebitis
  • Helps prevent Orthostatic Hypotension (or Postural Hypotension)
  • Helps prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis, also known as Economy Class Syndrome

The 20-30 mmHg level of compression level is the most widely used medical-grade because it provides competent compression to your legs without being too strong. This level is suitable for varicose veins patients, patients that are recovering from venous surgery and also pregnant women during the third trimester.

Compression level: High compression

30-40 mmHg- Medical Grade Class II

  • Helps prevent and relieve severe varicose veins
  • Used in the treatment of severe edema and lymphedema
  • Used in post-surgical and post-sclerotherapy treatment to help prevent the reappearance of varicose and spider veins
  • Helps reduce the symptoms of Orthostatic Hypotension (or Post-Thrombotic Syndrome)
  • For the management of Venous Ulcers and manifestations of Post-Thrombotic Syndrome)
  • Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis, also known as Economy Class Syndrome

The 30-40 mmHg level of compression pressure is stronger and is recommended for moderate to severe leg health symptoms. It is great for patients with lymphedema, severe varicose veins, venous reflux disease, and deep vein thrombosis.

Compression level: Very high compression

40-50 mmHg- Medical Grade Class III

  • Acute leg/Ankle swelling
  • Varicose veins
  • Chronic vein insufficiency
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis

The 40-50 mmHg level of compression pressure provides the strongest medical pressure level and it is not for ordinary use. It is best to consult a doctor before considering this level of compression. It is generally indicated for severe venous stasis, wound management, lymphedema.

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Get yourself a pair of these magical sleeves

Man wearing a pair of over the knee compression leg sleeves to help promote better blood flow and quicker recovery after exercise

At last, I have 4 “Always” advice to give you before you make your purchase.

  • Always make sure you know what compression pressure support you are getting as they come in varying degrees of compression pressure level.
  • Always choose the right size so they can fit your calf nicely without being too tight as it can be uncomfortable as they can come in sizes from XS to XL or even a wider range of sizes.
  • Always read the product description and read about the materials used in producing the particular ones you are trying to make a purchase to avoid potential allergic reactions.
  • Always compare different purchase channels if you decide to purchase online and always go for the more reputable sites.
Man wearing a pair of black compression leg sleeves/compression tube socks for calf compression support

We are already at the end of the article. I hope this article shined some lights on compression leg sleeves if you were looking for one. Even if you were not, you could be moved by the benefits of wearing these leg sleeves. So, what are you waiting for? Go get one!😉

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Socksoothers – Cute Ankle Support Socks (with Pictures)

What are They?


Sock soothers or Doc Socks are simply compression socks that are knitted for the main purpose of providing relief to those who spend a lot of time on their feet and those suffering from specific medical conditions, such as plantar fasciitis. According to the experts, wearing a pair of these uniquely made compression socks can not only improve blood circulation, but also alleviate any leg pain. They are normally made in one size fits all, which is great because they are universally useful to both men and women, irrespective of their shoe sizes.

By design, support doc socks wear don’t cover the entire feet. The toes are left uncovered. Dr Sock Soothers have impressive anti-fatigue properties that help alleviate achy feet, heel pain and swelling, and they also boost circulation to the lower extremities. Each sleeve support garment is said to have three intensities of targeted compression and seven zones. This combination is believed to offer breathable support for your plantar fascia, toes, and ankle when running, hiking, working, or when suffering from diabetic neuropathy.  

How Do The Sock Work

According to the compression technology and scientific facts, doc socks and other compression wear are basically made of flexible-firm material. The most popular material being spandex-type. This material does not only fit closely to the body, but it also squeezes the area it comes in contact gently. This gentle yet firm push that the material applies on your feet is what helps to improve blood flow and general circulation to the legs. This; however, doesn’t mean that all compression socks have the same level of compression.

They may differ in intensity, depending on the brand. The compression levels are measured in similar units as other compression garments, which millimeters of mercury (abbreviated as mmHg). But when it comes to doc socks, the provided compression is normally generalized and may not require a doctor’s prescription to buy. However, the fit of the doc socks may interfere with their compression. Loosely fitting doc socks may provide a lower compression compared to snugly or tightly fitting ones.     

What are the Key Features?

There are quite a few, but the most common ones are:

  • They are made of spandex-type material that fits snugly and gently.

  • Can be worn with or without your regular hoses. All you have to do is slip it on as you would a normal hose.

  • Each sock has three levels of pressure and seven targeted zones. Combined, they provide your feet with reliable compression.

  • The structural compression of these hoses is suitable for long standing, excessive walking, gym, running, and hiking.

  • They are proven to alleviate swelling for people who stand or sit for extended durations of time.

  • Promotes blood flow and circulation to aid boost weak or incompetent veins due to old age.

  • These socks provide effective support for your plantar fascia, toes, and the underside of your toes.

  • They naturally elevate as well as comfort and make the arch of your feet feel better. This usually helps people who struggle with weight gain or obesity.

  • They help minimize heal time for people suffering from diabetic neuropathy, long distance running, or plantar fasciitis. They help boost the muscles and tendon of your feet.

Differences Between Pressure Sock and Doc Socks

High Pressure LevelsStandard Pressure Level
Knee, Thigh, and Ankle StylesOnly Ankle Style
Suitable for All-Rounded ConditionsMainly Suitable for Conditions Around the Ankle and the Plantar Fasciitis

Who Should Wear the Sock?

Support doc socks wear are an impressive outfit for almost anyone, but there are some people in the society who need them more than others. Here is our roundup.

Anyone Who Has Diabetic Neuropathy

If you have diabetes and have ever felt a slight numbness or tingling in your legs, feet, or toes, then you may have experienced diabetic neuropathy.

So, what is this condition?

Diabetic neuropathy is a nerve disease that can affect the hands and feet, which is caused by hyperglycemia as well as constantly high levels of blood sugar, which can result in poor circulation in your feet. The high blood glucose must have been sustained for a very long time in your body. The high cholesterol in the body ends up damaging blood vessels in the legs. When the conditions gets really bad, you may lose your ability of feeling your feet. So, you may not know when there is a problem.

One of the most reported symptoms of the condition is the lack of sensation in your feet, which can cause serious problems when an injury goes unnoticed. An injury may lead to some kind of a blister that grows inward instead of sticking out. If you are not observant, it might be too late to save by the time you are noticing the ulceration in your foot. In fact, experts say that a chronic situation may be resistant to care. This may call for more serious foot care, such as foot reconstruction in order to eliminate the high pressure spot. Experts insist on the importance of knowing the symptoms, which may include the following:

  • Numbness or tingling in the legs and feet
  • Loss of sensitivity in the legs and feet
  • Electric shock like pain in the feet and legs
  • Loss of your sense of touch as well as sensitivity to touch
  • Increased rate of your heart beat
  • Vision problems, including double vision
  • Not being able to sense dropping blood glucose levels
  • Erectile dysfunction and vaginal dryness

  • Incomplete emptying of the blood among other bladder problems
  • Decreased or excessive sweating
  • Feeling dizzy when standing up
  • Suffering from either constipation or diarrhea
  • Vomiting, indigestion, or nausea
  • A feeling of fullness or bloating
  • Suffering from muscle wasting or weakness
  • Burning sensation in the feet during the night
  • Poor feet coordination when walking

How Do You Manage Diabetic Neuropathy

When you have diabetes, protecting and caring for your feet are important steps to living healthy with the illness. ComproGear has smart recommendations to help you care for your diabetic feet. If the symptoms you are showing are directly associated with your feet, such as numbness, tingling, and pain in the legs, therapeutic foot care is your best bet towards normalcy.

  1. Wear Therapeutic Diabetic Foot Wear

Our very first recommendation at ComproGear are doc socks. Wait! Do you hate socks? They are baffling to many. So, you are probably not alone. But do you know how effective dr compression socks are? Everyone has his or her own unique opinion to doc socks comfort. If some diabetic people wear a shoe without a dr sock for more than half an hour, the tingling and pain in the feet is intolerable.

And some must wear doc socks to bed too. People with neuropathy do not normally have sweaty feet, but if you are one of them and you happen to have sweaty feet, we urge you to consider buying dr doc soothers. If wearing dr socks gives you comfort, then wear them. You don’t have to check with your doc first. Diabetic neuropathy is a serious condition. So, it is always wise to give yourself time to doc socks that are right for your feet and shoes.

Sock soothers claim to be healing and ideal for diabetics because they are non-binding, with an extra wide funnel top. The seams on these socks are usually soft and smooth. Thicker doc socks with anti-microbial technology that kills odor-causing bacteria might work pleasantly with walking or running shoes. The trick is always to try a variety of doc socks and brands because one of them may suit you perfectly.

  1. Wear High and Wide Toe Box Shoes

Optimal shoe wear for people with diabetic neuropathy consists of a soft sole with a wide toe box. The shoes shape must be comparable with the widened forefoot. A widened toe box serves to minimize rubbing over the medial eminence. There must also be enough height in the shoe’s toe box to allow for the common associated lesser toe deformities. In the past, the option was limited to old people orthopedic shoes. Now, there are many new, more acceptable variations available that you can use with doc socks. Stay with sock soothers and wide toe box shoes so your feet can spread out naturally.  

  1. Wear Removable Foot Soothers

You can improve the effectiveness of your dr socks by wearing wide toe box shoes along with foot soothers. They provide orthotic arc arch support for alleviating foot pain. They are highly suitable for both men and women. Modern insoles have a messaging design that helps to stimulate acupuncture and pressure points of your feet. The most impressive design is one that features a u-shape heel cup, which helps support and stabilize your foot. This helps prevent friction and sliding during long distance walking or high impact activities.   

Anyone Who Has Plantar Fasciitis

Have you heard of “Plantar Fasciitis”?

The word plantar simply refers to the sole of your foot. On the other hand, fasciitis refers to inflammation. When you put the two words together, they mean inflammation of the bands on the sole of your foot. Plantar fascia refers to a broad group of fibrous soft tissue that runs alongside the bottommost of the foot.

It starts out from your heel area and then begins to fan out as it heads towards each of your toes. Heel pain is one of the most common complaints raised by most people whenever they visit their doc. How different people describe that pain may be unique to them, but it typically is in the morning with your first steps or after duration of long rest. This may be considered plantar fasciitis, which is simply inflammation.

Plantar fasciitis is a very common occurrence if you participate in high impact sports, such as running, jumping, dancing, and ballerina to mention a few. When the plantar fascia is torn, that’s going to hurt every time you step on the foot. The other thing that happens is when you exert weight the foot will splay out, stretching the fascia. A lot of people who have flat feet are more prone to plantar fasciitis, and even people with high archers.

The first sign that you may have plantar fasciitis is sharp pain at the base of the heel as well as at the front of the heel. So many people would feel a sharp pain when you press on the back or front of their heel. The second common sign if plantar fasciitis is a unique pain pattern. Many people normally say that when they get up in the morning and they put weight on their foot they feel the pain.

Putting some shoes on usually helps to blunt the pain, but we are confident that doc socks should be your got-to-solution for this condition. The pain, after a while, tends to feel a little bit better. This usually happens after you walk around for the next ten to fifteen minutes. But then as you continue walking, the condition worsens throughout the day. The pain also mask itself when you sit for a long time, but when you step on your foot, it recurs. The pain pattern may be worse when you are exerting more pressure on the plantar fascia, such as when climbing steep stairs.

The third sign of plantar fasciitis is something that we normally notice on people is the inability to bend your toes completely on the affected foot. You can easily notice this when you are doing lunges because you will putting a lot of pressure whenever you are pressing down. The affected toes will give you plantar fasciitis, and you may not be able to continue with your lunges. The other sign that you may observe if you are a runner is that as your shoes start to wear out you will start getting more pressure on plantar fascia. This clearly indicates that you have plantar fasciitis.   

How Do You Manage Plantar Fasciitis

The first thing you can do for yourself is to wear doc socks and supportive shoe gear. This will provide your internal anatomy with external help. But sometimes wearing doc socks may not be enough, and you may need to take further action. Stretching and icing have been proven to be beneficial for self-treatment at home. Stretching is important to do first thing in the morning or after a duration of long rest or when you are have a pain pattern throughout your day. You will want to be bare foot or wear doc socks and/or supportive sneakers when doing these exercises. The trick here is to make sure that you perform your exercises in a slow, relaxed motion. You don’t want to strain yourself or bounce. Apart from wearing dock socks there are other techniques that you can employ to cure plantar fasciitis. These techniques are usually very effective when used together with sock soothers.

  • Rest: If you don’t rest your body and feet, it is unlikely for you to get better and successfully beat plantar fasciitis.
  • Tape the Foot: You can simply tape your foot to instantly relieve the symptoms. Apply tape under your foot to support the tissues in order to reduce the load on the plantar fascia.
  • Cold Therapy: You can enhance the effectiveness of your doc socks by first applying cold therapy. This technique helps to reduce inflammation and pain. You should do this regularly throughout your day when you are at home. We recommend a minimum of ten minutes every hour to successfully alleviate symptoms.   
  • Wear Comfortable Shoes (Wide Toe Box Shoes): Flat-soled or hard shoes may make plantar fasciitis worse. Running or training shoes are normally more comfortable and likely to reduce symptoms of plantar fasciitis.
  • Avoid Walking in Bare Feet: This usually increases the strain on the bottom of your heels, making the condition worse. Instead, you should wear a pair of high quality doc socks.
  • Wear a Heel Pad or Footsoothers: If the heel is painful and you have to be on your feet, then wearing Footsoothers or a gel heel pad may protect the area and relieve symptoms.
  • Stretching Exercise: They can be done as soon as pain allows. Stretch the calf muscles and the plantar fascia at the back of the leg. You can also roll a ball under the sole of the foot to help stretch and massage the plantar fascia.
  • Wear Orthotic Insoles: You can enhance the performance of your doc socks by wearing orthotic insoles. They are especially important for people with flat feet or over pronate. These insoles help to correct the motion of your foot and prevent pain from returning.
  • Use a Night Splint: You can wear this overnight a long with your doc socks, and it is excellent for helping to prevent your feet from tightening up overnight.   

Runners who are Prone to Twisted or Rolled Ankles Need Dr Doc Socks

Rolled or twisted ankles are feared by trail runners. In most cases, a momentary lapse in concentration, simple lack of coordination, slippery mud, a shaded divot, or a misstep is all that it takes to cause an ankle to roll or twist. Depending on the severity, a rolled or twisted ankle can lead to minor broken bones, ligament and tendon damage, swelling, or muscle tears.

If the roll or twist leads to substantial swelling and pain, it is always a good idea to consult a physical therapist to determine the gravity of the injury. The most ideal treatment for ankle problems (twisted or rolled) is to avoid them by strengthening your muscles that support the ankle and work on the flexibility of the ankle area through stretching.

You can effectively strengthen your ankle muscles by wearing doc socks. Preferably, you should wear doc socks with trail shoes, if you are susceptible to ankle rolls and twists. You can also include special ankle taping techniques along with the use of sock soothers. The best person to teach you ankle taping is a physical therapist or a trainer.

Anyone who is Prone to Achilles Tendinitis Need Socks

This is one of the most common conditions that can affect anyone in the society. Achilles tendinitis occurs in the Achilles tendon, which is about two to six centimeters above the attachment, which is slightly above the heel. This condition may get better with rest, but when you stand and start using your feet, the condition kicks back in.

People who are prone to Achilles tendinitis can fight the condition for longer periods, sometimes even more than one year. There are so many hypothesis for how you may develop Achilles tendinitis. What it appears is that there is some kind of overload that is too much for the tendons. This somehow affects the normal tendon functionality and you get changes in how the tendons work that are progressive. You can have profound tendon issues, if you don’t address Achilles tendinitis.

Possible Contraindications

Compression therapy include:

  1. Arterial insufficiency,
  1. Ankle pressure less than 60 mmHg,
  1. Active skin disease, or allergy to any of the doc socks components.

Doc Sock and Other Interventions

One of the key personal interventions is the use of doc socks. However, your physical therapist will have more interventions that can help you. Physiotherapy will want to change the capacity of the tendon to make it tolerant to loads irrespective of science. This will take away the pain, but it actually does not alter what science has to say about overloading tendons.

What happens when Achilles tendinitis worsens is that you get a response in the tendon and you end up with healthy tissue, even though the tendon is thicker. Doc socks and physiotherapy will help get the load tolerance up in order to regain normalcy of the tendon. Tendons are only loaded with fast pace activities. You can also do cross fiber friction massage before wearing doc socks.

What you are going to do is rub the side of the tendon (lesion) on both sides. You will have to pinch and rub back and forth. Initially, it is going to be very sore when doing the cross fiber friction massage. But you should be able to feel the soreness stabilizing after a minute or so. In the best case scenario, the tendon should get a little bit numb. You should start massaging lightly and then increase the firmness of the massage gradually. If the tendon is injured, you should consider icing it for a day or two.





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TED Stocking – Unique Medical Hoses (with Pictures!)


15 – 20 mmHg thigh highs anti embolism socks

TED Stockings !

a person wearing thigh highs hosierys

The Most common blockages outside the heart tend to be in the legs. They are very common in diabetic people and smokers. You are likely to experience discomfort when you walk. Therefore, a lot of times you may fail to seek medical assistance because you may think the pain may go away on its own. There is this expectation that as you get older things should hurt when walking. People normally say that the pain goes away after walking a few blocks. Typically, it does not happen when you are sitting or lying down unless it is really advanced stage where the blood clots are so severe to start to cause pain even without walking or doing any physical activities. One of the easiest remedies that you can consider are T.E.D stockings. These uniquely made anti embolism socks  will help treat blood clots.  

Highlighted Benefits of T E D Hoses and Medical Socks

  • Anti embolism socks boost blood flow and circulation to the legs
  • Anti embolism hoses help prevent clotting for patients confined to bed rest
  • Anti embolism socks and compression hoses have proven to be effective for treating symptoms of VTE and DVT
  • Ideal for people who sit down most of the time
  • They can be a comfortable and therapeutic outfit during pregnancy
  • Help reduce swelling in the legs  
  • Help treat Phlebitis
  • Anti embolism socks and compression hoses help treat lymphedema
  • They also keep the legs warm in cold weather
Thigh highs hosiery with a window in the toe area

What are They?

TED stockings are anti embolism stockings that are clinically advised on reducing deep vein thrombosis and lymph drainage of the leg. This means that while patients are restricted from moving out of bed anti embolism hosiery will assist in stopping blood clots from forming.

Difference between TED Stockings and Compression Stockings

a person wearing thigh highs T.E.D. stockings

Anti embolism socks are specifically manufactured to assisting patients that have been confined to bed by preventing blood clotting, venous thromboembolism and deep vein thrombosis. Doctors normally order these medical socks after a patient has had surgery. This is so because post-surgery patients are normally confined to a bed for a while. So, when you are immobile blood is pulling in your leg, which puts you at risk for a blood clot. Unlike graduated compression socks, anti embolism socks are purposely designed to be white in color with a hole in the toe region that assists in monitoring a patient’s recovery, blood circulation as well as other signs that may occur. This type of compression socks are not available in many different colors, but only the traditional white color.

Medical Pressure Levels of T.E.D Medical Stockings       

levels of pressure for thigh highs hosiery

The parameter used for compression levels for both TED hosiery and compression socks is (mmHg) millimeters of mercury. For the compression socks, the levels range from 15-20, 20-30, and 30-40. As far compression levels of medical hoses are concerned, you may need a doctor’s prescription to wear firm and extra-firm medical socks. For the anti embolism socks, the compression level range is from 8-18mmHg. TED hosiery are hard to put on especially for patients who are not strong in the hands and those suffering from arthritis. But because the patient is restricted to no movement with a caregiver on sight, they can assist them in wearing medical hoses. Anti embolism socks do not hold up well. Although, there is a holdup band used on this compression hoses. It is always necessary to have accurate measurements of your leg to ensure perfectly fitting size. When choosing the best size, you will have to measure the following: Ankle, Calf, Popliteal, Lower thigh, and Upper thigh.

Do You Need Them?

main parts of thigh highs T.E.D. stockings

The question whether one needs anti embolism socks or compression socks should be well looked at. This is because for one to wear TED hosiery you need to be recovering from a surgery or confined to a bed. However, anti embolism hosiery have a lower pressure gradient, which means they are safe to use without necessarily being in a hospital. They may; however, not be the most ideal choice for people who move a lot, such as nurses and runners.

What is Venous Thromboembolism or VTE?

what is VTE

Venous thromboembolism is a condition where clotting of the blood forms on the deep part s of the leg, arm, groin and travels into your circulation. Blood clotting formed deep in the arms, leg and groin is known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT); while blood clotting occurring from a DVT breaking free from vein wall blocking blood circulation is known as pulmonary embolism (PE). DVT can aggregate pain and swelling, which can result to serious problems if the blood travels to your lungs. One should have the knowledge of recognizing the signs of this condition especially if you have had surgery, long trip or been recently traumatized.

what is deep vein thrombosis

How T.E.D Stockings Help Treat VTE

Because VTE is a serious condition as a blood clot can move way up and prevent blood circulation. Serious complications can occur and the doctor would recommend compression socks instead of the TED stockings. With the compression hoses they come with different degree of tightness. This is important as it will assist you in looking for the right medical socks best suited for you. Your physician may advise on knee high compression socks, if there is swelling below the knee. And full length compression hoses or thigh length medical hoses if there is an occurrence of swelling above the knee. However, if the condition is not serious, you can effectively manage it with TED stockings.

Other Conditions that can be alleviated with These Garments

  • Varicose Veins
what is varicose veins

These are circular shaped veins that upon expanding fully may cause inflammation that is painful to the legs. They do not disappear on their own once they form. Medical hoses may help in reducing their appearance and pain that comes with varicose veins in some people.

Spider Veins

what is spider veins

These damaged veins are small in size and appear on the surface of your legs in a spider web pattern. By using anti embolism hoses, you can be able to treat and reduce spreading of the spider veins. The medical socks used will place pressure on the lower legs veins.

Leg Edema

what is leg edema

Anti embolism hoses are useful in treating specific type of edema occurring in the lower parts of the legs. With a low compression from the medical socks one can treat leg edema both pitting and non-pitting without necessarily having a prescription.

  • Phlebitis

This mainly occurs due to clotting of veins caused by inflammation close to the surface. This mainly affects people with varicose veins and usually manifests itself in the legs. In severe cases phlebitis can cause blood clots that may dangerously travel to the brain, heart and lungs. This can lead to occurrence of heart attack and stroke. Wearing medical socks is highly advised as it improves circulation and reduces clotting. Medical hoses will end phlebitis by squeezing the veins reducing any excess liquid that may have formed.

  • Lymphedema

This is when a part of your body swells due to unnecessary accumulation of the lymph fluid. This occurs when an interference with normal drainage of lymphatic fluid into the blood. Anti embolism socks can assist in preventing long term lymphedema.

  • Swollen Ankles
swollen feet

Apart from various extreme causes, you may find that spending hours on your feet or hours sitting down make your ankles swell. If you have to spend long periods of time standing still, try and get hold of some anti embolism stockings. They will help keep the blood flowing effectively.

What are the Possible Contraindications?

  • Panniculitis: This is a disease that causes inflammation of the fatty layer under the skin
  • Gangrene: This is where the tissue dies. It is mainly caused by lack of blood, this condition will mainly start showing off through changes in skin color to either black or red, and numbness or even swelling.
  • Fasciitis: This is the inflammation of the fascia connective tissue that surrounds nerves and muscles blood vessels
  • Cellulitis: This occurs as a result of painful bacterial infection on the skin that usually feels hot and tender when touched. It can affect any part of your body but mostly affects the lower parts of the legs.
  • Dermatitis: This is a condition that arises when one experiences itchiness, dry skin, and redness

What Should You Consider When Choosing TED Hoses?

TED hosiery are elastically made and worn around the leg. This medical socks help in curing thromboembolism and are perfectly designed to apply the right amount of pressure. These medical hoses are also worn to protect against progression of venous disorders. The duration where one wears anti embolism socks is usually recommended by the doctors. One can be advised to wear these compression hoses before or after the surgery. In most cases doctors may advise you to wearing them after two weeks.

Style of the Hosiery

Knee length anti embolism stockings: Knee high medical socks end just below the knee and help in reducing swelling of the legs and peripheral edema effects. Thigh High TED stockings: These graduated medical hoses are best in reducing pooling of blood in the leg. These compression socks will also help in preventing orthostatic hypotension. Thigh high with waist belt medical hoses: These anti embolism hoses are specially designed to prevent thrombosis. The anti embolism hosiery features a window that is used for inspecting patient’s progress located at the top of the toe.

experience the magic of these pressure garments

Ease of Application

Use of anti embolism stockings (TED) as directed helps to prevent the formation of blood clots in the lower legs. Here are a few major steps you have to follow. Get the ideal pair of anti embolism hoses. Make sure you get the perfect size that fits snugly and comfortably. It is always advisable to have someone else put the anti embolism stockings on for you. Although, you can do it on your own. The first things that you are supposed to do when wearing TED stockings is to fanfold the top linens and turn the stocking inside out down to the heel. Slip the foot of the anti embolism hose over your toes, foot, and heel. The anti embolism hose has an opening in the toe section, which makes it easy to assess the toes in order to ensure they are receiving sufficient blood. Grasp the upper part of the anti embolism stocking and pull it up your leg. The anti embolism hose will turn itself right side out as you pull it up your leg.  

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TEDhose Stocking – Effective for Post-Surgery (Best Ones!)

T.E.D anti embolism hose and stockings image

Written to enhance your knowledge about tedhose stocking, this article will start with the definition, after that, we’ll move to sizes tedhose socks are made available, we’ll speak about how to wear and remove them, some fun facts, reasons to wear them, and finally, myths surrounding tedhose stockings. You can’t wait to start reading, right? Let’s begin!

Tedhose Stocking

Tedhose stocking is a very useful stocking that prevents the clotting of blood in the legs of patients, especially when they are bedridden, or they just had surgery. The prescription often goes along with sequential compression gear. If you have a recommendation from your doctor, the best thing to do is to start wearing them. But what makes them stand different from other types of socks?

They are made of durable elastic fibers that wouldn’t easily tear or rip. Because of this, they are surely going to fit you tighter to enhance the healthy flow of blood for each leg. Ted Hose stocking come in different length, and the choice of each length could be as a result of your preference or your doctor’s prescription. But what are the different lengths and sizes of tedhose stockings?

Tedhose Lengths and Sizes

Leg measurement for tedhose socks

Ideally, you’d have to verify how far up you desire the length of the tedhose. Do you want the tedhose socks to reach just up the bottom of your knees? If you want that, you will be selecting knee length. Or, do you want them to move up to their thighs? If you do, the length you will need is a thigh length.

After deciding the specific length, you’d need to verify the size. There are three different sizes for different legs. Four sizes are only determined when a person’s circumference is tested by measuring the thickest part of your calf. The following are the size taken by measuring the calf circumference.

  • Small – Up to 12 inches
  • Medium – From 12-15 inches
  • Large – From 15-17.5 inches
  • X-large – Higher than 17.5 (this is only available in knee-length)

To measure knee length, you’d have to measure from the back of the heel to the back fold of the knee.

For knee length, they only come with long and regular lengths. These are:

  • Small- If the size is longer than 16 inches, select long
  • Medium – If the size is longer than 17 inches, select long
  • Large and Extra-large: If the length is longer than 18 inches, choose long.

For thigh-high length, ensure to measure the back of the hell to the crease located on the bottom of the buttocks. Nevertheless, the three different periods are:

  • Short – Nearly 29 inches
  • Regular – Form 29 – 33 inches
  • Long – Longer than 33 inches

Now that you’ve been able to identify the lengths and sizes tedhose stocking can be found, you would undeniably be willing to know the best way to wear them. True, many have broken out into a sweat when wearing tedhose stockings. How do avoid that? Keep reading to find out.

Wearing Tedhose Stocking

Image showing a man that needs to wear ted stockings

Even though manufacturers want it to be a smooth process, it could be challenging to wear tedhose stocking since it must tightly fit you. In some situations, if you are patient, you’d not be able to wear them. Thus, you’d only rely on someone. To make the process easy for the person and you, it’s best to learn the best way.

Additionally, folks that had either knee or hip surgery must be extra careful when wearing tedhose stocking, why? If care isn’t taken, it can lead to unwarranted pain. So, how do you do that?

1. With both hands, hold the ted hose at the top and gradually pull the socks upward towards your hands till you attain the bottom of the socks.

2. Then, pull it apart as wide as you can using both hands. It won’t stretch too far, but every little stretch would help in the next step.

3. Place the socks over the patient’s toes and back to the heel and extend it as far up their leg. Even though you wouldn’t be able to put it up the patient’s limb for their first time, just go as distant as you can.

4. The final thing to do is dependent on how well you carried out the previous step. If the socks have been wrinkled at the foot, use both hands and gradually grip it above the wrinkle and pull toward the heel. But if the wrinkle is found above the foot, then you should pull toward the legs. Regularly do this till you find no wrinkles. After that, move to the second leg.

So, you’ve known how to wear ted hose stocking, how do you take them off?

Taking off Tedhose Stocking

nurse in blue scrub taking off tedhose stocking
Patient: Elsie: Nurse Sally: Patient

Unlike putting on, it’s much easier to take off tedhose stocking. So, to start this, follow this procedure:

  • Grab the top of the socks, using both hands, stretch it apart, and pull it down to the toes. This should be entirely inside out the moment you are done.
ted stocking of a patient taken off by nurse
Patient: Elsie: Nurse Sally: Patient

Note: Never take them off your legs until you’ve been able to walk again. Although, you can pull them off for a short time, like changing them, checking for circulation, washing legs, and so on. The period for removing should not be more than an hour.

It’s fun time! Even though short, you can use this knowledge in the next section to teach others. These include:

  • Ted from tedhose stockings is an acronym for thromboembolic deterrent.
  • The hole on ted hose stocking is there for the checking of circulation even while they are still on.
  • Plastic packaging that comes with tedhose stockings is usually placed around parts of the foot and placed over the toes before a person wear the socks. This makes the socks slip more easily.

Now, let’s move to the different reasons for wearing tedhose socks.

6 Reasons For Wearing Tedhose Stocking

image of a man wearing tedhose

If down to this part, you’ve not figured out all the essential benefits of using tedhose stocking, below are five reasons why people wear them or why they are being prescribed for some people.

1. After Surgery or For Bedridden Patient. This might not be new to you. After all, we’ve mentioned this from the onset. The chances of undergoing pain and fatal clotting of blood after surgery is very high. Also, if you are in need of rest for any reason, your chances are high too. To prevent this, tedhose stockings are prescribed. It is the function of the socks to enhance blood flow in the legs, thus, reducing the risk of clotting while you aren’t active as you were.

2. During Pregnancy. A pregnant woman who is at risk of varicose veins might be recommended to wear tedhose socks if she’ll be confined to bed rest for a long time. Thus, there will be a need to prevent swelling, varicose veins, and enhance blood flow.

3. Varicose Vein. This might not be new to you. Research from reputable institutions and organizations have revealed the benefit of tedhose stockings. They’ve noticed that a lot of people agreed that their symptoms improved when on the socks.

4. Deep Vein Thrombosis. This condition is a situation whereby blood clots in the veins, pelvis, or legs. These clots have been said to be painful. Also, they can lead to acute complications, leading to pulmonary embolism if the clot moves to the lungs. Tedhose socks can aid in the prevention of this condition. If you’ve already had the case, wearing these socks can relieve your pain and prevent complications.

5. Post-thrombotic Syndrome. Another complication of deep vein thrombosis is PTS (post-thrombotic syndrome) This condition is the pain and discomfort in the leg and arm that lingers after a person has had DVT. If a person has these symptoms, ted hose socks will provide relief. They might even assist a person to resume their daily tasks quickly.

6. Leg Swelling. Briefly highlighted earlier, leg swelling, also known as edema, is usually a result of a sedentary lifestyle. For instance, there are issues like kidney disease, heart failure, and pregnancy that can make fluid retained in the legs. To relieve the symptoms before heading to confirm your reason for swelling, use tedhose stocking.

Well, just like every therapy that comes with their myths, the application of tedhose stocking isn’t void of myths too. I’ll highlight some of the common myths of tedhose stocks; thereby, you can prevent yourself from disappointment and anticipate the correct result.

Myths About Tedhose Stocking

socks for dvt and blood circulation

There are a few people that link the use of tedhose stockings with old age, some say the socks are unattractive, others even say that their application is limited. But are these and many other statements about tedhose stocking true? Let’s analyze each myth and debunk it.

Myth 1: Tedhose Stocking Cut off Circulation

One of the questions many who wear tedhose ask is: Can wearing tedhose socks be harmful? The simple answer is that if those socks lead to pain and could cut off circulation, they aren’t the right fit for you, or it could be that you didn’t wear them well. Thus, always select tedhose socks that accurately fit your calf size and length. The majority of manufacturers produce several sizes to adjust any thickness in the lower leg. Also, there are accurate ways to wear these socks.

The tops of compression stockings must not be rolled or folded. They must be smoothly worn and snugly fit above or below one’s knee. When a user wears tedhose socks properly, they will prevent achy and tired legs and enhance circulation during long periods of inactivity. These include:

  • Bedridden patients
  • After surgery to prevent clotting of blood in the legs.

Myth 2: They are only designed for Old People.

It’s an old myth that must be corrected. Tedhose stocking works to grant oxygen-rich blood to the legs by applying adequate pressure to the blood vessels. This boost of strength enhances the flow of blood via the back of the heart and the veins, thus keeping your blood moving correctly. This is beneficial for old folks and others having problems with temporary circulation problems. These individuals include:

  • Pregnant women
  • Those who stand for long hours

Myth 3: They are so Dull and Unattractive

Today’s socks are made available in both casual comfort or business dress in different styles and colors. Regardless of your age, you will undeniably get an attractive hose that will be perfect for your personality. Some may choose colors based on their styles, while others may choose based on the one that appeals to their needs. From bright colors to subtle patterns to bold graphics, you will find a fitting tedhose that will fit your needs and styles.

Myth 4: You will experience Lots of Side effects

If you are wondering about the side effects of wearing compression gear, the wearing of compression socks comes with no side effects. However, discomfort, pain, and reduced blood flow could be the result of an improperly worn tedhose. To verify this isn’t difficult. For instance, if your legs or feet become numb or begin tingling, it’s a sure sign that your socks are too tight. So, as we write, there are no adverse side effects from the use of tedhose socks, correctly and rightly. So if you’ve wanted to get a hose or you’ve got the prescription. You can now move forward and get one for yourself. Just ensure that you are wearing the right size and length.


  • Avoid wearing tedhose that is too tight.
  • Do not forget that tedhose stocking prevents blood circulation
  • They are usually prescribed for diabetes, bedridden patients, bed rest, and post-surgery.
  • Adverse Side effects of tedhose stockings aren’t actual and are exaggerated.
  • They are valid for poor blood circulation.

As said at the onset, this article is to improve your knowledge of tedhose stocking. With the assurance that it did, I’d implore you to utilize judiciously the information presented in this article. As you read on, you’d be able to gain maximally from the application of tedhose stocking, both you, your family, and friends. Good health to you!

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T.E.D Stockings – Your Complete After-Surgery Guide (with Pics!)

t.e.d stockings have been a savior to many individuals. However, one of the challenges faced is verifying the varying types available. For that reason, this article will explore the best classes of t-e-d-stockings. In rounding up the guide, we will highlight what will make you identify the best compression level for you.

image of someone lieing down on the bed wearing ted stockings

T.e.d. Stockings

Ted stockings are used as an alternative to costly compression bandages and give optimal compression to the leg. They are recognized at medical centers, locations where they will be given out to patients immediately after surgery. T.e.d. Stockings are also known as anti-embolism socks.

Ted sock is primarily designed for patients that have difficulty getting out of bed. The reason for this is to halt or prevent the accumulation of blood that could occur in the leg veins. The application of t.e.d. Stockings aren’t meant for long term use. After a person gains his or her mobility, the user will be stopped from wearing them.

Image of a patient wearing tedhose stockings

Additionally, t.e.d. socks have graduated compression that usually ranges from 18-21mmHg. Graduated compression socks mean that applied compression will be the highest in the ankle region and gradually decreases while moving up the legs. Some of its prominent design is the practical “inspection hole.” This hole is found in the toe area for quick and easy monitoring of a patient’s vital signs and, in some cases, circulation.

Now, with these little highlights of t.e.d. stockings, it’s time to mention the types of ted hose any patients can choose and use. This will smoothen your search in the market.

Types of T.e.d. Stockings

The list below isn’t all the types of ted stockings available. But the ones mentioned would serve as a pointer to your selection. Also, it will give you a clearer picture, helping you understand what you must be on the search for as you head to the local pharmacy to purchase socks.

1. 18mmHg Knee Length T.e.d. Stockings

image of 18mmHg Knee Length T.e.d. Socks

These types of ted stockings provide medically verified benefits of graduated compression. They are usually designed with durable, soft latex-free materials to provide incredible support, remarkable fit, and comfort. The knitting technology is extensively designed to increase the rate of blood flow as it allows for the most compression at the ankle region and goes off up the calf.

These knee-length socks are designed under the most rigorous quality control inspections. Thus, you can be sure that the socks are designed with the right and accurate pressure needed to halt the clotting of blood. It’s designed to support your active life.

Unique Features

Latex-free, antimicrobial treatment, and a comfortable silicone band.

Used For: Varicose Veins, post-surgery, moderate edema, and post-sclerotherapy

Other Features and Benefits

  • It reduces the risk of blood clots
  • It’s designed for recuperating patients
  • Latex-free material
  • It’s graduated knitting technology speeds up the flow of blood in the leg
  • Durable, soft materials with silicone band for fit and comfort.
  • Antimicrobial treatment to prevent odor

How to Wear 18mmHg Knee Length T.e.d. Stockings

Image showing how to Wear 18mmHg Knee Length T.e.d. Socks
  • First, insert hand inside the heel pocket of the t.e.d. Stockings.
  • Turn the socks inside out by taking hold of the heel pocket
  • Place the socks over heel and foot and gently center the heel in the heel pocket
  • Steadily pull socks up and over the calf and knee, taking it up to the final location.

Note: The top of these types of socks must be nearly 1 to 2 inches below the bottom of the kneecap.

Care for 18mmHg Knee Length t.e.d. Stockings

  • To be sure that the socks you bought would last long, you must launder every three days of use.
  • Keep the socks away from lanolin, ointments, and oil. They can deteriorate the elastic components of the socks.
  • Hand wash, using mild soap in warm and not hot water.
  • Rinse thoroughly until the water is clear; do not twist or wring.
  • Only air dry
  • Never bleach, dry clean, iron, or tumble dry.

2. Unisex 18mmHg Knee High T.e.d. Stockings

Unisex 18mmHg Knee High T.e.d. Stockings

These types of socks are designed with only one single color, white. As it’s unisex, it’s applied for post-operative and pre-operative application. Also, it’s designed for bedridden patients so they could be helped to prevent the clotting of blood. If you are a Non-ambulatory patient or you are mobility-impaired, you will have the prescription of these ted socks. Clinically, they are designed to enhance blood velocity, limiting the incidence of deep vein thrombosis, venous stasis, and pulmonary embolisms.

Features of Unisex 18mmHg Knee High T.e.d. Stockings

  • Helps in the prevention of blood clotting
  • It features an inspection-toe design
  • It’s designed for post and pre-operative application
  • Clinically designed to enhance the velocity of blood
  • Prescribed for Non-ambulatory or mobility-impaired patients

Recommendation of Unisex 18mmHg Knee High T.e.d. Stockings

  • Leg fatigue
  • Minor leg and ankle swelling
  • Minor varicosities
  • Pregnancy

Caring for Unisex 18mmHg Knee High T.e.d. Stockings

  • When the machine is used, use warm water
  • Never Bleach
  • Never dry clean
  • Rinse thoroughly and never wring
  • Never use fabric softener
  • Air dry
  • Do not iron
  • Utilize delicate garment detergent
  • Donning Guide for Unisex 18mmHg Knee High T.e.d. Stockings
  • Grab the top of heel pocket by inserting your hands
  • While you keep the heel pocket in your hands, turn the sock inside out toward the toe.
  • Open socks and leave a foot in till the heel is positioned in the right place.

Knee-High: Grasp the tip of stocking and pull up over the calf and ankle. Position tops nearly 1 inch beneath bend of the knee.

3. Knee-High Open Toe T.e.d. Stockings

Image showing Knee-High Open Toe T.e.d. Socks

These types are designed for pre and post-operative, non-ambulatory, and reclining individuals to assist them in reducing the danger of blood clots. This graduated compression also provides a compression level of 18mmHg at the ankle region. Open-toe design gives room for smooth and easy toe inspection by a caregiver. Its color is also available in White.

Features of Knee High Open Toe T.e.d. Stockings

  • 12-18mmHg compression of level
  • Easy toe inspection
  • Limit the risk of thromboembolism
  • Anti-embolism socks.
  • Fabric Content of Knee High Open Toe T.e.d. Stockings
  • It’s designed with 90% Nylon and 10% Spandex

4. Closed Toe Knee High T.e.d. Stockings

Image of Closed Toe Knee High T.e.d. Socks

This type of socks is excellent for post-surgical patients. The graduation compression level is 18mmHg at the ankle region. The closed-toe gives more natural socks feel that’s appropriate for early ambulation. Users can be confident that they will be saved from the risk of blood clots if they use this type and right.

Features of Closed Toe Knee High T.e.d. Stockings

  • It’s meant for post-surgical patient
  • It offers 12-18mmH graduated compression level
  • Limit the risks of blood clots
  • Anti-embolism socks
  • Fabric Content of Closed Toe Knee High T.e.d. Stockings
  • It’s manufactured with 90% nylon and 10% spandex.

5. Open-toe T.e.d Support Socks

Open-toe Support Socks

Specifically designed to offer legs a maximum level of comfort and relief every day, open toe t.e.d. support socks have the greatest support at the ankle region and graduate up the leg to enhance circulation, which energizes, restores, and renews leg comfort. The support features aids to solve achy legs, post-surgical procedures, edema, varicose veins, and provides compression at the 15-20mmHg level.

Features of Open-toe T.e.d Support Socks

  • It’s manufactured to provide legs with maximum relief and comfort needed daily
  • It’s designed with the greatest support at the ankle region that graduates up the leg to enhance circulation
  • It energizes and restores leg comfort
  • Assisted with achy, and fatigued legs,
  • Available only in one color, white
  • Fabric Content
  • It’s manufactured with 85% Nylon and 15% Spandex

6. A new generation of T.e.d. Stockings

image of socks with compression level of 18-23mmHg

This is an incredible stocking featuring a compression level of 18-23mmHg, which assists in limiting the risk of DVT by supplying an optimum flow of blood and treating leg discomfort or swelling. It’s designed for patients leaving the hospital for home care.

Features of A new generation of T.e.d. Stockings

  • Designed for recovery, bed rest, and early rehabilitation
  • Unique open-toe design
  • Large top-band intended to ensure that the socks stay in place
  • Latex-free to prevent some allergic reactions
  • It has an anatomic foot design for comfortable wear
  • It comes with opening toe area for inspection

The Graduated Compression

  • Helps to limit leg discomfort
  • It’s designed for patients that are leaving the hospital for home
  • Aids in reducing leg discomfort and swelling.
  • It’s available only in White Color.

7. 18mmHg Thigh Highs T.e.d. Stockings

Image of white thigh high socks

This type of socks is designed to offer consistent therapeutic compression at the level of 18mmHg. Also, this type of thigh high socks is made available only in White color.

Features of 18mmHg Thigh Highs T.e.d. Stockings

  • It’s manufactured to prevent blood clots that might form in the legs.
  • It’s also appropriate for those who would be traveling by air.


  • It prevents embolism in recumbent individuals
  • It helps heavy, tired, and achy legs.
  • Useful for minor spider veins
  • It efficient for pre-and post-surgical care
  • It prevents mild edema

Color Availability

  • It’s only available in white
  • Fabric Content of 18mmHg Thigh Highs T.e.d. Stockings
  • It has 82% Polyamide (Nylon), 18% Spandex

All these types of ted stockings can be reached out for. They can be bought based on your specific needs. Either for its design or the level of compression that it requires. Well, one essential thing is to consult your doctor before you wear any of the types of ted stockings described above.

The Right Level of Compression for You

The Right Level of Compression for You

In the past, only folks with blood flow or swelling issues in their legs wear compression socks. But that has changed. Although these reasons are still prevalent today, the popularity of ted stockings has expanded. Take, for example, many runners and other athletes now wear these types of compression to enhance their performance. Of course, what a runner needs in compression would definitely be different from a person with a swollen leg. There are different types of stockings that do different things. Although this part will feature t.e.d. stockings. It’s going to help you figure out what compression level or type will be best for you.

Socks For Athletes and Runners: Compression socks for athletes are so famous that you can get styles labeled “running compression socks.” The sizes are available both in men and women. They also come in a variety of colors and patterns. These socks will often have a low level of pressure. They wouldn’t be efficient for medical treatment. Many athletes indeed like them, and the wearing does them lots of good.

T.e.d. Stockings: This type of compression applies less pressure than other types of prescription stockings. Medical practitioners might recommend these types of socks for people who just had surgery. Or, they might suggest that folks who are on bed rest and can’t walk for a long-distance wear them. The lower pressure of the socks gives excellent blood circulation. This assists in preventing clots while a person is immobile. These socks don’t have adequate strength to solve problems like DVT in an active person.

Stocking Length: Compression socks, event.e.d. Stockings come in varying lengths. There are full-length socks that cover the whole leg. Some come in thigh high. Others are knee-length. Some pantyhose and tights apply compression levels too. Often, you can hear some people saying, knee-length socks are the most comfortable and most natural to wear. However, before you know which one fits you, seek your doctor’s recommendation first.


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