Compression stockings are available in a variety of lengths to provide the best fit for each person's legs. The stocking length also plays a part when it comes to treating specific health conditions. All stockings, regardless of length, feature graduated compression on a specific part of the leg or ankle to treat each medical concern. It is important to take accurate measurements and purchase the correct length. Our blog provides a visual guide on how to measure for compression stockings.
Knee high compression socks are ideal for treating medical conditions in your lower legs. They can help relieve pain associated with varicose veins, circulation problems, or simply achy feet. Knee high compression socks are ideal to wear when traveling by plane or sitting in a car for an extended period of time. If you plan on wearing knee high stockings, you'll need to measure the distance from right below the inner bend of the knee to the floor behind your your heel. If you purchase stockings that are too long, the stockings may bunch at the top or roll, which is not only uncomfortable but can also cause restriction.
If your medical condition or pain occurs in your upper thigh, wearing thigh high stockings will provide the best relief. Over the knee compression socks help prevent spider veins and varicose veins, as well as relieve swelling associated with edema. Thigh high compression socks are great for people who are on the go or who are recovering from surgery such as sclerotherapy. When it comes to thigh high compression socks, you should measure the length of your leg from the top of your thigh to the floor behind your heel.
Compression pantyhose and leggings come all the way up the length of the leg and end at the abdomen area. The higher rise helps the stockings stay in place and can be worn by men or women. They are available in several colors, as well as sheer or opaque varieties. We also carry maternity pantyhose that are ideal for women who experience pain, swelling, and leg cramps during pregnancy. Compression pantyhose are commonly used to treat lymphedema, deep vein thrombosis, and varicose veins.
Crew cut stockings usually reach the middle of the calf and provide mild compression. These 8-15 mmHg stockings are frequently worn by people with diabetes. There are several features that differentiate diabetic socks from traditional compression stockings. Crew cut stockings feature a flat toe seam that will not rub against the skin or cause irritation. They also have padding on the soles that cushions the heels and toes. Diabetic stockings are also made from special materials that wick moisture away from the skin and prevent bacterial growth on the feet. Although crew cut stockings are shorter than other styles, they still provide graduated compression that is needed to improve circulation.