Choosing the Best
Leg discomfort can affect anyone at virtually any time and for any number of reasons&mdashfrom a job that has you standing or sitting for long periods and leading to achy tired legs to health conditions impacting your circulation like swelling or varicose veins. Factors as varied as lifestyle habits and your family history can influence leg health. Wearing gradient compression socks compression stockings or other types of support hosiery can help.
The concept behind compression socks and stockings is to promote circulation
reduce swelling and improve leg health relieving that tired aching feeling. Support socks and other hosiery offer different levels of compression measured in mmHg. Your leg problem will determine the best mmHg pressure for you.
Gradient Compression Choices
8-15 mmHg gradient compression stockings offer a gentle squeeze at the ankles and up the legs to get blood flowing back toward the heart. This should be enough compression to help relieve that achy feeling.
15-20 mmHg compression stockings and socks help with mild swelling&mdasha build-up of fluid in the bodys tissues often in the lower leg and ankle. Note that moderate and severe swelling usually needs higher compression but you need a physician&rsquos specific advice don&rsquot try a higher compression product on your own.
An important note about using compression socks and other hosiery: Prolonged swelling should not be ignored as it may be a sign of serious disease or chronic vein insufficiency. These and any other serious symptoms need to be evaluated by your physician. Always talk with your health care provider before wearing any type of products with a compression 20 mmHg and greater.