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Guide to the Best Compression Stockings for Women

womens support compression socks
a woman wearing knee high 20 - 30 mmHg support womens compression socks
thigh high 20 - 30 mmHg support womens compression socks

Every woman wants to look cute and stylish! That is a general fact. In so doing, comfort and great health are equally important. Many sacrifice their health and comfort on the altar of fashion. What if it were possible to not only be healthy but to also look stylish and comfortable? Definitely it is possible and today we look into pressure stockings. Let’s give Knee high or thigh high graduated support womens pressure hosiery a good look. There is a general thought that good health depends on perfect circulation. How true is this? Well, we’ll see. Blood is one of the life supporting elements in our bodies. It carries all the essential components to the cells. Imagine this, your cells would starve to death if blood didn’t reach them. Many have associated Knee high or thigh high graduated support pressure stockings to those unattractive long Knee high or thigh high womens pressure hosiery they make you put on in the hospital. Interestingly, that is not the case. Pressure has been refined and improved with time which makes it easy to incorporate it in your daily life. This makes them comfortable to wear all day and they are also cute.

thigh high graduated support womens compression sleeves

What are They?

zippered knee high womens compression socks
cute knee high 40 - 50 mmHg, 30 - 40 mmHg, 20 - 30 mmHg, or 15 - 20 mmHg womens compression socks

According to the US National Library of Medicine “Pressure stockings gently squeeze your legs to move blood up your legs.” This helps in increasing the venous volume and assists in making the blood from the legs to flow naturally back to the heart . They are not just leg-warmers! According to a research by Erasmus University Rotterdam, Knee high or thigh high graduated womens support Pressure hosiery can help in prevention of Chronic venous disease(CVD) such as varicose veins and Edema.

open toe knee high womens compression socks

Types and Styles of Compression Stockings

Variety is the spice of life. Knee high or thigh high graduated support womens pressure hosiery come in different colors, styles and sizes. It is Important to know the size and the type of Knee high or thigh high graduated support womens pressure hosiery you need for your legs to avoid any side effect.

stylish thigh high womens support compression socks
women in knee high support compression socks

In a 2014 case report, researchers showed that improper wearing of Knee high or thigh high graduated support womens pressure hosiery had a potential to cause problems such as skin breaking. Therefore, it’s good to get yourself perfectly fitting Knee high or thigh high graduated support womens pressure hosiery. There are two classifications of pressure stockings. The first is in relation to the pressure exerted on the legs while the second one is on the general use.

15 - 20 mmHg knee high wide calf womens compression socks

Compression Stockings with Different Compression Levels

wide calf knee high womens support compression socks

Classification in relation to pressure has five types listed below:

  • Mild Knee high or thigh high graduated support womens pressure hosiery  – They have the lowest pressure level of between 8 – 15 millimeters of mercury (mm-Hg). Generally used to relieve the body from mild symptoms such as fatigued limbs
8 - 15 mmHg thigh high  womens compression socks
8 - 15 mmHg knee high womens compression socks
  • Medium Knee high or thigh high graduated support womens pressure hosiery  – with a pressure level of 15 – 20 millimeters of mercury (mm-Hg) which allow regular usage.
15 - 20 mmHg thigh high womens support compression socks
15 - 20 mmHg knee high womens support compression socks
  • Firm Knee high or thigh high graduated support womens pressure hosiery  – they have a pressure level of 20 – 30 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg)
20 - 30 mmHg thigh high womens support compression socks
20 - 30 mmHg knee high womens support compression socks
  • Extra Firm Knee high or thigh high graduated support womens pressure hosiery  – the level of pressure and firmness is 30 – 40 millimeters of mercury (mm-Hg)
30 - 40 mmHg thigh high womens support compression socks
30 - 40 mmHg knee high womens support compression socks
  • RX Knee high or thigh high graduated support womens pressure hosiery  – you can only wear this type of hosiery if prescribed by a physician.
knee high womens RX compression socks

In the above classification we have 2 general categories where the above fall in relation to medical use:

  • Non-Medical Grade – 8 mmHg to 15 mmHg and 15 mmHg to 20 mmHg – Mild Knee high or thigh high graduated support womens pressure hosiery and medium Knee high or thigh high graduated support womens pressure hosiery fall under this category
non-medical compression socks
  • Medical Grade – 20 mmHg to 30 mmHg and 30 mmHg to 40 mmHg – Firm Knee high or thigh high graduated support womens pressure hosiery, Extra Firm Knee high or thigh high graduated support womens pressure hosiery and RX Knee high or thigh high graduated support womens pressure hosiery fall under medical grade hosiery.

The second classification is on the general use and design

Pressure Hosiery

graduated thigh length hosiery
graduated knee length socks

The level of pressure in Knee high or thigh high graduated support womens pressure hosiery is strongest at the ankle and reduces gradually towards the top of the garment. If the 40 – 50 mmHg, 30 – 40 mmHg, 20 – 30 mmHg, or 15 – 20 mmHg womens pressure hosiery end below the knee, they help in managing Peripheral edema which is accumulation of fluid that causes swelling usually in limbs. Graduated (40 – 50 mmHg, 30 – 40 mmHg, 20 – 30 mmHg, or 15 – 20 mmHg) womens pressure hosiery extending to the thigh or waist, help in reducing blood pooling in the legs which in turn help prevent Orthostatic Hypotension. Do you feel lightheaded or dizzy when you stand after sitting or lying down for a while? Then you may need a pair of Knee high or thigh high graduated support womens pressure hosiery. They come in open and closed toe options.

Anti-embolism Compression Hosiery

anti-embolism thigh high hosiery
anti-embolism knee high compression hosiery

Like the graduated (40 – 50 mmHg, 30 – 40 mmHg, 20 – 30 mmHg, or 15 – 20 mmHg) pressure stockings, anti-embolism knee high or thigh high graduated support womens pressure hosiery and pressure stockings also offer gradient pressure but of different strength. Anti-embolism Knee high or thigh high graduated support pressure hosiery are mainly for people who are not mobile. They equally help in reducing and managing Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

Non-medical Pressure Hosiery

non-medical hosiery

Unlike graduated (40 – 50 mmHg, 30 – 40 mmHg, 20 – 30 mmHg, or 15 – 20 mmHg) womens pressure hosiery, non-medical support womens pressure hosiery provide uniform pressure. The pressure exerted is less compared to the graduated ones. You can use non-medical pressure hosiery without prescription. Non-medical support womens pressure hosiery include flight hosiery and elastic support hosiery, often used to relieve tired, heavy and aching legs. There are also three styles of (40 – 50 mmHg, 30 – 40 mmHg, 20 – 30 mmHg, or 15 – 20 mmHg) pressure stockings available;

  • Knee High womens pressure hosiery

  • Thigh High womens compression hosiery

  • Pantyhose / maternity garments; Useful when full leg graduated support is required bilaterally

Why Should Women Wear Compression Stockings?

cute yoga medical leggings

Knee high or thigh high support Compression stockings for ladies – looks so cute! And are increasingly becoming a necessity. A 2014 national Gallup poll indicated that the average workday time for Americans stood at 9.4 hours per day. Many women have little or no time to relax and take a breath. As a result, lifestyles have changed and diseases increased. In many professions today, fatigue is a common thing. Companies want to maximize their human resource. Sometimes at the expense of their health. Here is the thing, you need solutions to allow you get through the busy days with minimal fatigue. One such solution is the use of 40 – 50 mmHg, 30 – 40 mmHg, 20 – 30 mmHg, or 15 – 20 mmHg compression stockings and compression hosiery. Some lifestyles and medical condition may require the use of knee high or thigh high support compression stockings and compression hosiery.

Here are some situations where you need compression stockings;

  • Swelling and painful legs are quite unbearable. You can use 40 – 50 mmHg, 30 – 40 mmHg, 20 – 30 mmHg, or 15 – 20 mmHg  knee high or thigh high support womens compression hosiery to relieve the pain and the swelling
medical hosiery can treat leg swelling
treat swelling legs with medical hosiery
  • Professionals who spend much time on their feet may need to wear knee high or thigh high support womens compression hosiery to ease the pressure from the legs. This facilitates a smooth and natural flow of blood back to the heart.
better blood circulation
improve blood circulation
  • Better performance in sports and other daily exercises with knee high or thigh high support womens compression hosiery

  • You can use womens compression hosiery of different support levels (40 – 50 mmHg, 30 – 40 mmHg, 20 – 30 mmHg, or 15 – 20 mmHg) after surgery to prevent clotting of the blood.

Health Related Factors

The use of knee high or thigh high support womens compression hosiery and stockings for women has been around for some time. Some medical conditions require the use of compression therapy. Women who suffer from these conditions may consider using compression stockings of different support levels (40 – 50 mmHg, 30 – 40 mmHg, 20 – 30 mmHg, or 15 – 20 mmHg).

  • Edema – it is the swelling that results from accumulation of body fluids in tissues especially the limbs
peripheral edema
prevent pedal edema
  • Chronic venous insufficiency – this is a condition in which the veins are not able to pump de-oxygenated blood back to the heart
chronic venous insufficiency
  • Varicose veins -They are swollen enlarged veins that may appear on legs and feet. Usually appear blue or dark purple
varicose veins
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) – occurs when there is a blood clot in a vein deep inside the body. 40 – 50 mmHg, 30 – 40 mmHg, 20 – 30 mmHg, or 15 – 20 mmHg Knee high or thigh high support hosiery can help treat DVT.
alleviate deep vein thrombosis
  • Lymphedema – occurs when the body swells abnormally due to accumulation of lymph fluid
prevent lymphedema
  • Lipodermatosclerosis – is the inflammation of subcutaneous fat
prevent lipodermatosclerosis
  • These health issues are not unfamiliar with women. On the contrary, the prevalence is more in women than men. Everyone needs fresh and energetic legs. Why do you need to treat something that you can prevent with 30 – 40 mmHg or 20 – 30 mmHg Knee high or thigh high support hosiery

Beauty Related Benefits

complement your attire with cute blue hosiery
complement your dress code with cute hosiery

Women love beauty and style but some conditions don’t spare the beautiful look. Take an example of varicose vein. This condition forms bulging blue veins which appear on your leg. Apart from the pain they cause, most women are concerned with the appearance of these veins. The good news is, you don’t have to have them. A research by the Department of Obstetrics in Zurich University Hospital found out that “40 – 50 mmHg, 30 – 40 mmHg, 20 – 30 mmHg, or 15 – 20 mmHg knee high or thigh high support compression stockings significantly decrease the incidence of long saphenous vein re-flux at thesapheno-femoral junction and improve leg symptoms.” whether you have varicose veins or not, thigh high or knee high support womens compression hosiery and compression stockings for ladies will help a great deal.

Pregnancy Factors

hosiery for expectant ladies

During Pregnancy, blood may tend to build up in the legs resulting to pressure. This pressure causes swelling and pain in the legs, a condition termed as edema. Various researches have proved that expectant mothers are more prone to conditions such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and varicose veins. According to a survey by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), DVT affects about 900,000 Americans. Unfortunately, during pregnancy the swelling and the pain may not go away until delivery. The good news is, you can use thigh high or knee high support compression stockings of different compression levels (40 – 50 mmHg, 30 – 40 mmHg, 20 – 30 mmHg, or 15 – 20 mmHg) to relieve the condition and also prevent serious complications.

open toe hosiery
pregnancy pantyhose

Fitting Compression Stockings

Thigh high or knee high support womens compression hosiery are cute if well fitted. Just like any other fashion items, you need to put the right size. They are not one size fit all. As a result, some women have not enjoyed maximum benefits of knee high or thigh high support compression stockings because of poor fitting.

Why is fitting important?

Always remember that correct size combined with correct garments will give you great results. If the 40 – 50 mmHg, 30 – 40 mmHg, 20 – 30 mmHg, or 15 – 20 mmHg stockings are too tight, you will be uncomfortable and the possibility of wearing the stockings all day is slim. On the other hand, when you don in loose stockings, you’ll spend much time during the day pulling them up. That doesn’t sound good. There are other issues that come about with poor fitting of thigh high or knee high support compression stockings. Well, a research by Bernard F Robertson and associates in 2014 indicated several side effects of improper fitting of 40 – 50 mmHg, 30 – 40 mmHg, 20 – 30 mmHg, or 15 – 20 mmHg support compression stockings. Some of the side effects include;

  • Uncomfortable feeling
too tight fitting hosiery may be uncomfortable
  • Womens compression hosiery help prevent muscle stiffness
prevent muscle stiffness
  • Difficulty in walking, running or jumping
prevent leg stiffness and tightness
  • Womens compression hosiery help prevent numbness and tingling sensations in the lower extremities
prevent leg numbness
  • Womens compression hosiery help prevent itchiness
prevent itchy legs
  • Tightness
prevent leg cramps

Other severe effects include breaking of skin and cutting of blood circulation. Interestingly, these effects are avoidable. You can look stylish and comfortable as well. You can make your thigh high or knee high support stockings feel just as comfortable as your favorite sneakers.

How to measure for compression stockings

how to measure pressure levels

We all love comfort. Measuring for thigh high or knee high support compression stockings of different pressure levels (40 – 50 mmHg, 30 – 40 mmHg, 20 – 30 mmHg, or 15 – 20 mmHg) is important in ensuring your comfort. There are some factors you need to consider when taking your measurements. You should take you measurements for thigh high or knee high support compression stockings in the morning. This helps prevent the fitter from measuring based upon the affected area’s circumference after swelling has occurred. In many cases, swelling of legs occur during the day when the person is active. If the thigh high or knee high support stockings are just for relieving fatigue and heavy legs, then you can take the measurements any other time. In order to have accurate results, take your knee high or thigh high fitting measurements while standing. This allows you to measure the leg in its natural posture. In a situation where a person is bedridden, the leg and the feet should be elevated for 15 minutes before the measurement is taken. If the leg is already swollen, then you should elevate it for some time. This allows the fluid accumulated to redistribute to the whole body. It also enables blood to flow easily back to the heart. As a result, the size of the leg reduces and you can now take your measurements.

Measuring Instructions

Here is a step by step instructions on how you take your measurement for that cute pair of thigh high or knee high support stockings. Start with the smallest part of the leg. This should be the circumference of the ankle. Note, you should take the circumference of the ankle at the narrowest point, which is the area directly above the ankle bone. Take the circumference of metatarsophalangeal joint for both open-toed and closed-toed stockings. If you prefer open-toed 40 – 50 mmHg, 30 – 40 mmHg, 20 – 30 mmHg, or 15 – 20 mmHg pressure stockings, you should measure the length of the feet from the metatarsophalangeal joint to the end of the heel. For closed-toed knee high or thigh high support stockings, measure the length of the feet from the tips of the toes to the end of the heels.

Take the circumferential measurement around the instep and the heel of the foot at maximum dorsiflexion.

measure the circumference of your ankle
  • Measure the circumference of the calf at the widest point.
measure the circumference of your calf

Measure the circumference and length at the fibular head (two finger widths below the knee cap).

Take the circumference at the middle of the knee cap with the leg slightly angled.

Thigh High Compression Stockings

how to measure for tall high hosiery

For Thigh high 40 – 50 mmHg, 30 – 40 mmHg, 20 – 30 mmHg, or 15 – 20 mmHg compression stockings and Pantyhose, you need to take the measurements above the knee.

  • Measure the circumference at the middle of the thigh.
  • Take the circumference of the widest thigh point.
  • Measure the length of the leg from the floor to the gluteal fold. The leg should be at maximum dorsiflexion.

For Pantyhose, measure the following;

  • The length of the crotch.
  • The length from the floor to the waist.
  • Measure the length of the panty at the back from the waist to the gluteal fold. Repeat the measurement on the front side.
  • Take the circumference of the waist.
  • Measure the circumference of the widest point around the hips.

Important!

Do not forget that if you want to enjoy the best results, you should always make sure you get a perfect fit. When your thigh high or knee high support compression stocking pair of the ideal compression level (40 – 50 mmHg, 30 – 40 mmHg, 20 – 30 mmHg, or 15 – 20 mmHg) is fitting, you won’t just look cute as a woman, but you’ll also feel comfortable.

How to Put on Pressure Hosiery

Have you heard people complaining how hard it is to put on thigh high or knee high support compression stockings? Sometimes putting on compression stockings by yourself is seen as some sort of “superpower”. Others feel exhausted just putting on thigh high or knee high support stockings. Think about it, if you have the wrong way of doing things, you will always be complaining about how difficult they are. Let’s look at how to put on compression stockings.

Donning Knee-High Compression hosiery

  • Place your hand in the stocking (palm to heel) and grab the heel between your thumb and fingers as if you are making a sock puppet.
  • Put the foot in the stocking until the ankle is completely covered.
  • Now grab the opening of the stocking and pull over the heel and continue pulling up to the knee. Make sure that you center the heel of the stocking properly.
  • Fold top down and back up to knee.
  • Smooth out wrinkles and you are good to go.

Note that for knee-high stockings, the top band should be two fingers below the bend of the knee.

Donning Tall-Length Pressure Hosiery

To put on thigh-high compression stockings you need gloves to increase the friction and allow easy pulling. Check out this simple techniques;

  • Grab the silicone band and turn it inside out.
  • Hold the extremities and slide your leg inside the stocking until it feels tight.
  • Next, you grab the stocking at the base and make a few creases and pull it towards the top.
  • Place the toes in their right place.
  • Raise the stocking and distribute the compression evenly over the thigh.
  • Finally, Smooth out any wrinkles.

With just a few techniques, your cute compression stockings can now be a perfect snug. It is advisable to put your compression stockings in the morning. Sprinkling talcum powder on your legs can reduce the friction between your leg and the stockings hence, easy pulling. Always remember to dry your legs before donning your stockings.

Compression stockings care

In ensuring durability and better results, consider hand washing your 40 – 50 mmHg, 30 – 40 mmHg, 20 – 30 mmHg, or 15 – 20 mmHg support compression stockings in lukewarm water. Machine washing may damage you pair. Do not use bleaching agents and detergents or fabric softeners. Have some few pairs in which you can exchange to allow proper drying. Great! Now you don’t have to struggle with your knee high or thigh high support compression stockings any more. Get your pair and enjoy a cute stylish look. Don’t forget, they come in different varieties to suite you taste. Indeed, variety is the spice of life.