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What are the best compression stockings?

This question was asked in Mount Prospect, Illinois and has 7 answer(s) as of 01/31/2013.
What are the best compression stockings for your varicose veins?


Doctors Answers (7)

Most all of the medical grade compression hosiery available are made with similar mateials and the have similar quality. The biggest difference is in price. My opinion, if you need to wear compression hosiery for varicose vein disease, choose a graduated compression hose that has a measurement of "tightness" for example 20-30 mm Hg rather than "light" or "heavy".

The best are compression stocking are well fitting and are the proper compression strength. The most important factors is that the compression stockings is measure and fitted properly. it also has to have adequate compression for the job it is being asked to do: for most varicose veins 20-30 mmHg of compression is enough but for some more advanced venous insufficiency and lymphedema 30-40 mmHg is required. The premium compression stocking brands like Jobst ,Medi , Sigvaris work dont necessarily work better but they tend to feel nicer and last a bit longer. It nice to know you have many options.

Compression stockings used to treat varicose veins should be prescription grade and graduated compression. Graduated compression means that the pressure is highest at the ankles and less going up the legs. For example if the pressure is 20-30, this means that the pressure is 30mm pressure at the ankle and 20 mm pressure at the highest point on the leg that the stocking reaches. The hose should be at least 20-30 mm pressure. Prescription grade stockings can be purchased either in a doctor's officer or a medical supply. Jobst is a common brand. Sigvaris is a good brand. I carry Medi in my office, and I am pleased with the quality and variety. They are also comfortable.

There are many good suppliers of compression hose, there is no one best "brand. " Use hose that give at least 30-40 mm Hg. of compression. Knee high hose for everyday use are adequate in most circumstances. If in doubt, as your doctor.

The best compression stockings to treat varicose veins and the underlying condition called venous insufficiency (also called venous reflux) are usually a 20-30 mmHg graduated compression stockings. The stockings can be calf high, thigh high, or waist high. They come closed toe or open toe. There are many different brands. The key is to get measured properly. Make sure you purchase your stockings from a medical equipment store or doctor's office that is knowledgeable in proper fitting. If your ankles and legs swell, get fitted early in the day before your legs swell. Sometimes stronger (tighter) stockings are needed, such as 30-40 mmHg. In special situations, inelastic garments are prescribed. You vein specialist will prescribe the correct strength stocking. Compression stockings are usually worn during the day, and taken off at night. Put them on in the morning when you are getting dressed for the day. Take them off at bedtime. They can be left on for walking and light exercise. Usually they are usually taken off for intense exercise such as running, tennis, boot camp, etc., although in certain circumstances the may be left on.

Compression stockings come in several different types and flavors. In general, the best compression stockings for varicose veins are one that offer at least 30 mmHg of pressure. This level of pressure compresses the varicose veins closed and does not allow "old" blood to stagnate in these veins and stretch them out. The stockings may be knee-high or thigh-high and the best choice for each person depends on whether they have vein problems above the knee. If they do, the thigh-high stockings would be the best choice. With regards to the brand, there are several high-quality stocking vendors including Sigvaris, Jobst, and Medi. Each of these offer standard compression stockings but they each also have different types of specialty stockings (athletic sleeves, knee high dress socks). Hope this was of some help!

That will depend on the size of your legs- medical compression stockings come in different sizes and concentric pressure measured in mm of Mercury- the standard size ones are of the 30-40 mm Mercury type. Nowadays, you can have stylish ones of various colors / open toes or not/ knee or thigh high.. An evaluation by your vein specialist is probably your best option.

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