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How do I pick the correct compression stockings?

I have varicose veins on my legs all the way up to my thighs. When I go to my local drugstore, I see a bunch of different compression socks with different lengths, 'compression,' and 'concentration' of compression. What do these things mean? How do I know which one to pick for my veins?

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I would advise you to seek out a medical supply store with a certified fitter who can correctly measure you. Alternatively be evaluated at a vascular surgeon's office who specializes in treating varicose veins. They can usually fit you correctly. Typically I would recommend 20-30 mmHg pressure in a thigh length hose. This means that the higher number is in the ankle and lower calf and the lower from there up. This ensures the best compression and circulation. An experienced fitter can find the most comfortable stocking for you and your body type. Remember that the cheapest is not necessarily going to be very comfortable due to the type of fabric they use.

Most patients with varicose veins should be wearing 30 to 40 mmHg compression hose under the supervision of a specialist in venous disorders.

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