How to Choose Level of Support?

  1. Consult with a Healthcare Professional: Before selecting medical socks, consult with your doctor or a qualified healthcare provider. They can assess your condition and recommend the appropriate level of compression.

  2. Understand Compression Levels: Compression socks are typically categorized into different levels of compression, measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg). The standard compression levels are:

    • Mild Compression (8-15 mmHg): Suitable for mild swelling, discomfort, and fatigue in the legs. Often used for prevention and relief during long periods of standing or sitting, such as during travel.

    • Moderate Compression (15-20 mmHg): Recommended for mild to moderate swelling, varicose veins, and fatigue. Also suitable for post-surgical recovery and prevention of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) during travel.

    • Firm Compression (20-30 mmHg): Recommended for moderate to severe swelling, varicose veins, and symptoms of venous insufficiency. Often prescribed for individuals with chronic venous disorders and for post-surgical recovery.

    • Extra Firm Compression (30-40 mmHg or higher): Reserved for severe venous insufficiency, chronic venous disorders, lymphedema, and severe swelling. Typically recommended under the guidance of a healthcare professional.

  3. Consider Your Medical Condition: The level of support needed may vary based on your specific medical condition. Conditions such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), varicose veins, venous insufficiency, lymphedema, and diabetes may require different levels of compression.

  4. Assess Activity Level: Consider your activity level and how long you'll be wearing the socks. If you're mostly sedentary or have limited mobility, you may require higher compression levels to prevent blood pooling in the legs. If you're more active, lower levels of compression may suffice.

  5. Personal Comfort: Comfort is essential when wearing compression socks. Higher compression levels may feel tighter and more restrictive, especially if you're not accustomed to wearing them. It's essential to find a balance between adequate compression and comfort.

  6. Proper Sizing: Ensure that you choose the correct size for your compression socks. Proper sizing is crucial for achieving the intended level of compression and ensuring comfort. Most manufacturers provide sizing charts based on measurements of the ankle, calf, and sometimes thigh circumference.

  7. Follow Healthcare Provider's Recommendations: Ultimately, follow the recommendations of your healthcare provider regarding the appropriate level of support for your medical socks. They can provide personalized guidance based on your individual needs and medical history.