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ComproGear has the Best Compression Socks for People with Wide Calves

Last Updated June 12, 2022

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Do your legs tend to feel sore after an eventful, productive day? Do you wear Large, X-Large, or 2XL to 6XL size clothes? Perhaps what you need are plus size compression socks to help you stay rejuvenated!

What are compression socks?

Compression socks, and other kinds of socks in general, are typically not one-size-fits-all.

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Compression socks are specially designed to provide gentle pressure on the legs, ankles and feet to improve blood circulation. They come in various lengths, such as knee-high or thigh-high, and sizes, including plus size – 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL, 6XL.

Their structural design is highly functional, including graduated compression allows for better circulation and added support and stabilization, is made of fibers which wick moisture away from the skin to the exterior of the sock, and has a cushioned heel and foot design to reduce force of impact as one’s foot hits the ground.

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What are the benefits of wearing compression socks?

They have many benefits, from providing physical support to preventing heath issues.

Below is a list of advantages of wearing compression socks:

  • Reduces and prevents foot swelling
  • Provides warmth
  • Alleviates symptoms of venous diseases and prevents medical conditions (such as varicose vein, ulcerations, edema, lymphedema, etc.)
  • Reduces muscle fatigue
  • Helps improve athletic performance
  • Provides comfort for pregnant women

Plus-size compression socks offer the same benefits as other support hosiery, but simply for larger legs or calves.

Just like other compression socks, they work by applying pressure to both the legs and ankles. This can help to increase the volume and the velocity of blood that flows back to the heart by reducing the diameter of the major veins.

Beware of Junk “Compression Socks” That Don’t Work

When we started ComproGear Compression Socks, we got 17 different samples from various compression sock factories.

We thought it would be a tough choice with all the great compression hoisery options.

Nope! 16 of the compression sock samples were pure junk.

They were too thin to provide any compression.

And they had these hilarious sizes, like “Small/Medium” and “Large/XL”

Really? Just 2 sizes?

Pants come in at least 50 different sizes with 5 varieties of each. That’s like 250 SKUs minimum. And these clowns can’t make more than 2 sizes of compression socks? Seriously?!

Eventually we found a compression sock manufacturer that could build quality socks.

They met our strict manufacturing criteria for compression sock materials and sizing. But most importantly, they actually provided 20-30 mmHg compression.

We initially launched with just 4 sizes (Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large) and a lifetime guarantee (including getting a refund for a size change).

ComproGear Compression Socks were extremely well received, with less than a 10% refund rate (most of these refunds being size changes).

There was just one problem…

We consistently sold out the Extra Large size.
(Extra Large size was our best seller. Large size was our 2nd best seller.)

So we decided to launch ComproGear Plus Size Compression Socks in the following sizes
2X Large – 3X Large – 4X Large – 5X Large – 6X Large
(also known as: 2XL – 3XL – 4XL – 5XL – 6XL )

Most companies stop at “Large/X-Large” (haha, there are those “multiple size” scams again)

The rare companies with true plus size compression socks usually have terrible quality.

They know you don’t have many options in large sizes. So they build garbage and pass it off as gold.

That’s why we added the larger sizes of ComproGear Compression Socks. So we can finally give our customers a compression sock option they can trust.

Keep in mind we have a lifetime guarantee for all sizes.

If your new pair of ComproGear Plus Size Compression Socks doesn’t fit perfectly, just let us know. We’ll send a new size or give you a full refund (to keep it convenient, you don’t even need to return the original pair!)

We sell only on Amazon, so you get super fast shipping and secure payment.

Now, ComproGear Plus Size Compression Socks are not the cheapest compression socks.

You can find other companies selling “compression socks” for 5 pairs $8.99 total.

But as they say “You get what you pay for”.

Buy one of those false bargains and a pair of ComproGear Plus Size Compression Socks, then compare for yourself. I guarantee the $8.99 Compression Sock 5-pack will end up in the garbage.

If you’re interested in plus size compression socks here’s the link to the ComproGear Amazon page:

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ComproGear offers Plus Size Compression Socks in the following Sizes – Small – Medium – Large – Extra Large (XL) – 2XL – 3XL – 4XL – 5XL – 6XL

Looking to Buy a Pair of properly-sized Compression Socks?

Click the button below to see the lineup of ComproGear Compression Socks.

NOTE: The page includes a sizing chart and free returns, so you’re always sure to get the perfect size!



What types of plus size compression socks are there?

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In general, every pair of compression socks has the same purpose of putting pressure on one’s legs and feet.

Common types of compression socks, or compression stockings, include:

  • Knee-high compression stockings
  • Thigh-high compression stockings
  • Pantyhose support hosiery
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ComproGear offers Plus Size Compression Socks in the following Sizes – Small – Medium – Large – Extra Large (XL) – 2XL – 3XL – 4XL – 5XL – 6XL

Looking to Buy a Pair of properly-sized Compression Socks?

Click the button below to see the lineup of ComproGear Compression Socks.

NOTE: The page includes a sizing chart and free returns, so you’re always sure to get the perfect size!



Preventing Swelling with Compression Socks – Proper sizing is required to get the right compression level

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When muscle tissues are inflamed or swell, this could be a result of extra fluids being stored in the cells.

Some parts of the body, such as the feet, ankles, and calves are tend to swell. Compression socks will help to prevent swelling by maintain proper circulation of fluids and blood flow.

Providing warmth: Compression socks can be worn during cold conditions to keep one’s legs and feet warm. By ensuring constant blood circulation in the legs, bodily warmth will be maintained. This benefit favors individuals facing cold weather or live in cold climates.

Alleviating symptoms of venous diseases

treatment of varicose veins
veins with large size thigh or knee highs compression stockings

Venous diseases such as varicose vein occur when the valves in the veins, usually the veins in the legs, begin having problems.

When this happens, blood circulates back to the veins which results in pain and inflammation in the area.

This makes the veins appear gray or green and may enlarge until they expand outwards. By wearing compression socks, these veins are given assistance to being put back in their right position, leading to an improvement in blood circulation in the area.

Reducing muscle fatigue

Legs can develop muscle fatigue when one has been standing for too long, had walked a lot, or went for a run. Muscle fatigue can be reduced when compression socks are worn.

Improving athletic performance

Compression socks help quicken an individuals’ recovery period post-workout, assist in effective removal of lactic acid, increase oxygen delivery to muscles and heart during an exercise, and reduce muscle fatigue.

Providing comfort for pregnant women

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Pregnancy may cause a woman’s body to retain more fluid, which adds weight. As their body stretches, normal sized socks may no longer fit and, thus, may need to resort to plus size or maternity socks.

Plus-size or maternity compression hosiery helps boost blood circulation and reduces fluid retention, allowing more comfort and assists in mobility. Knee-high compression socks can help relieve swelling in the calves, ankles and feet.

Who can wear plus-size compression socks?

Below is a list of individuals who can wear plus-size compression socks:

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  • Big and tall individuals,
  • Individuals who have received prescription from their doctors for treating health issues in the legs and/or feet,
  • Athletes,
  • Diabetics, and
  • Pregnant women.

What should be considered before buying compression socks? Compression Socks and Stockings come in Plus Sizes

Before purchasing a pair of plus-size compression socks, consider the following:

1. Proper Fit

Always Choose The Right Size Compression Sock

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If you see multiple sizes merged into one (like Small/Medium size and Large/X-Large Size) avoid these compression socks. The sizing is just for the manufacturer to save money by having less SKUs of compression socks. The sizes will NOT fit well. Plus these sizing shenanigans are an indication the company sells really low quality compression socks.

Compression socks vary in size and are usually the same size for men and women.

Apart from regular sizes, compression socks are also available in plus size – 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL, and 6XL.

Properly-sized compression socks are crucial to ensure effectiveness.

Do not use plus sizes if they’re too large – they will not provide adequate compression.

Too small is equally bad – they will cause discomfort and restrict in blood flow.

ComproGear Compression Socks come with a lifetime guarantee.
This includes fit. If they don’t fit you get a refund without even needing to return them.

Read more below to find out how to properly measure yourself.

2. Quality and Durability

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Zipper compression socks can be easier to put on than regular compression socks. But both zipper and non-zipper compression socks do the same thing once they’re on.

When choosing plus size compression socks, it is important to select one for its quality, as ones that are made out of high-quality materials tend to be more durable.

When we started ComproGear Compression Socks we got production samples from 17 different compression sock factories.

We thought it would be a tough decision because we would have too many options for quality compression socks.

Nope! We were totally wrong. 16 of the 17 compression sock samples were pure garbage. They were all too thin to even provide compression.

We see plenty of those low-quality thin compression socks on the market through various other companies. After seeing how terrible they were, we wouldn’t go anywhere near those compression socks.

The bottom line is that not all compression socks are the same quality.

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ComproGear offers Plus Size Compression Socks in the following Sizes – Small – Medium – Large – Extra Large (XL) – 2XL – 3XL – 4XL – 5XL – 6XL

Looking to Buy a Pair of properly-sized Compression Socks?

Click the button below to see the lineup of ComproGear Compression Socks.

NOTE: The page includes a sizing chart and free returns, so you’re always sure to get the perfect size!



3. mmHg Level

Compression levels have to do with the amount of pressure that is applied to your legs by the compression socks. It is measured in ‘millimeters of mercury’ mmhg and are divided into grades/classes/levels.

Essentially, the higher the level, the stronger the compression. By using the right level, one will achieve effective results.

For most people we recommend the 20-30 mmHg compression level.

Below are descriptions of each compression level commonly available:

Mild compression level: 8 – 15 mmhg

  • Helps to keep one’s legs healthy and energized,
  • Provides quick relief for legs that are tired and achy,
  • Also provides relief for minor swelling of the legs, ankles, and feet,
  • Prevents leg fatigue resulting from sitting or standing for long periods, and
  • Helps prevent development of varicose vein and spider veins formation.

Moderate compression level: 15 mmhg – 20 mmhg

  • Highly recommended for people using thigh or knee highs support socks for the first time,
  • Provides adequate compression for long distance travelers,
  • Prevents and relieves minor to moderate cases of varicose and spider veins,
  • Provides support for tired and aching legs, while relieving minor swelling of legs, ankles, and feet, and
  • Helps to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

Firm compression level: 20 mmhg – 30 mmhg

  • Helps in preventing deep vein thrombosis (DVT),
  • Relieves superficial thrombophlebitis,
  • Helps in preventing and relieving moderate to severe levels of varicose veins,
  • Prevents orthostatic hypotension (rapid fall in blood pressure when a person is standing),
  • Treats moderate to severe lymphatic edema, edema or lymphedema,
  • Helps to manage active ulcers and symptoms of post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS), and
  • Great for post-sclerotherapy and post-surgical treatment to help in preventing recurrence of varicose veins and spider veins.

Extra-firm compression level: 30 mmhg – 40 mmhg

  • Helps reduce symptoms of postural hypotension and orthostatic hypotension,
  • Prevents deep vein thrombosis (DVT),
  • Helps prevent and relieve severe varicose veins,
  • Treats severe edema, lymphatic edema or lymphedema
  • Manages venous ulcers and symptoms of post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS), and
  • Helps in preventing recurrence of varicose veins and spider veins during post-surgical and post-sclerotherapy treatment.

Prescription level compression: 40 mmhg – 50 mmhg

  • Prescribed for venous diseases that are very serious, including acute swelling of the leg or ankle, chronic vein insufficiency, deep vein thrombosis, and varicose veins.

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How do I measure myself for the right compression sock size? Same process for compression socks and compression sleeves

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To get the right size, use a measuring tape to measure your thigh circumference, leg length, calf circumference and ankle circumference.

Some helpful tips include: carrying out the measurements in the morning, using a string and ruler as an alternative to a ruler, and to be precise (do not estimate).

How to Measure Knee Highs

  • Measure around the ankle at its narrowest point.
  • Measure around the widest part of the calf.
  • Measure the length from the bend of the knee to the floor.
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ankle measurment

How to Measure Thigh High and Pantyhose

  • Measure around the ankle at its narrowest point.
  • Measure around the widest part of the calf.
  • Measure around the thigh three-finger widths down from the crease of one’s behind.
  • Measure the length from the floor to one’s behind.
knee length measurment
thigh measurement

How long can compression socks be worn for? Same limits for compression socks and compression sleeves

Plus-size compression socks that are recommended after surgery should be worn day and night, or in accordance with a doctor’s prescription. If an individual has a medical condition that affects their blood circulation in the legs, compression socks may have to be worn continuously until the medical condition improves. 

Avoid doing the following:

  • Sleeping with compression socks on
  • Wearing the compression socks for more than 24 hours
    (just in case you never sleep and frequently stay up for more than 24 hours at a time)
  • Wearing a higher pressure level without a doctor prescription
    (anything more than 20-30 mmHg is serious business and you should be talking to a doctor)
  • Wearing a pair with a compression level that is too weak or too strong
    (we recommend ComproGear 20-30 mmHg Knee High Compression Socks)

What are the side effects of wearing compression socks?

When compression socks are worn for the first time, it is recommended that the individual checks their legs, ankles, and feet regularly for signs of irritation or redness on the skin. If there are noticeable changes on the skin, arising discomfort, or the appearance of swelling or calluses, it could mean one of the following:

  • The compression socks are not a good fit and continuing to wear them could cause peripheral nerve damage
  • There is an allergic reaction to the sock’s material
  • An infection has developed

These side effects are rare and obvious to fix. Take off the socks. (Duh!)

In the case of an infection, see a doctor immediately. A pair of socks is not going to fix a serious medical condition (no matter how good the sizing or material quality is)

Properly sized plus size compression socks are meant for people whose legs, calves and feet are too large for regular sizes. They work by applying just the right amount of pressure to the legs and ankles.

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ComproGear offers Plus Size Compression Socks in the following Sizes – Small – Medium – Large – Extra Large (XL) – 2XL – 3XL – 4XL – 5XL – 6XL

Looking to Buy a Pair of properly-sized Compression Socks?

Click the button below to see the lineup of ComproGear Compression Socks.

NOTE: The page includes a sizing chart and free returns, so you’re always sure to get the perfect size!