What Compression Level Socks or Hosiery Do I Need?

There are many levels of compression in compression socks and hosiery ranging from light/mild/OTC 8-15mmHg ( mm of mercury ) to 50-60mmHg. There are non-medical, light/mild or Over The Counter (OTC) levels as well as Medical Levels of compression, each level signifying a need for a specific level of intervention to assist your legs. Manufacturers use many terms such as Light, Mild, Medium and Heavy. Most manufacturers will indicate that their OTC products are suitable for most everyone. Nearly All manufacturers indicate that for medical compression socks and hosiery compression levels, you should have a consultation with a healthcare professional capable of providing a diagnosis as well as a prescription if necessary. At Support Hose Store, we urge you to consult with your healthcare professional so you may have the best compression garment suited for your healthcare needs. The Medical Community use many methods to determine the levels of venous disease diagnosed and ultimately the compression levels that patients require. One of the most common standards of measurement is CEAP, as depicted below:



Which Style Is Right For Me?

Should I wear knee highs? Thigh Highs? Waist High/Pantyhose? What about Maternity? Are the sizes for Plus individuals? What about Open Toe vs Closed Toe? It is difficult for anyone to determine which style is going to work best for you in dealing with your leg issues due to many factors including your leg shape, the progression of leg disorders, personal preference, discomfort level and last but not least, “Doctor’s Orders”. There is something that does apply across all manufactures and that is the best compression garment to wear is one that fits well, is comfortable and one that you will wear consistently. The same applies to the least effective compression garment is the one in your sock drawer! When your healthcare professional provides you with a diagnosis and treatment plan that includes the wearing of medical compression garments, do all you can to follow his/her advisory plan – wear your compression garments and your legs will thank you! Once you decide which style to wear, or perhaps a combination of more than one style to match your work and personal activities, check out the many manufacturer brands Support Hose Store carries, the various Closed Toe/Open Toe choices along with the array of color choices to best suit you.


How Do I Measure Properly?

There are a few good rules to follow, regardless of the manufacturer’s brand you select such as:

1) Measure At The Beginning Of Your Day; in the morning from regular day time folks while early afternoon for evening workers and late afternoon for those who work nights. This is to try to get your measurements when swelling may be minimal or non-existent.

2) Measure Without Shoes on to get the most accurate height measurement.

3) Measure against your bare skin leg areas when possible.

4) When in doubt, call our Customer Service Certified Fitters to discuss your needs. We are here to help you!



What Is The Best Way To Take Care of My Socks and Hosiery Garments?

Each manufacturer has different care and use instructions. Please see the information included with your garment either on the package or inside the package/box. 


Is There An Easier Way To Put Compression Garments On?

Compression Socks and Hosiery by nature are tighter than the other socks and hosiery you are used to wearing. By definition, they apply pressure against the outside of your leg to assist in the promotion of better blood and fluid flow and management. SO do NOT be surprised to learn they take a bit of work to get on your legs. There are many “techniques” such as the “heel puppet”. With time, most of us will develop an expertise with the technique that works best for us. See the following URL’s to view video on these many techniques:





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