Compression socks can improve your blood circulation and help with swelling, but depending on why you need them, the compression you require may vary. Some people use compression socks for specific events and others use them as part of their daily life, but everyone has the same question: how do I know which compression level is best for me?
Compression Level? What Is That, and Why Is It Relevant?
There are four main levels (measured in mmHg or millimeters of Mercury); the higher the number, the more compression. Keep reading to find out which level works best for your needs.
For Tired Legs & Minor Swelling
This compression level prevents fatigued legs from long periods of sitting or standing, while minimizing tired legs and swelling. It helps prevent the formation of varicose and spider veins during pregnancy.
For Daily Wear and Sports Recovery
This compression level is great for daily wear, travel and sports, as it helps improve circulation without being too tight. It helps prevent Deep Veins Thrombosis (DVT). They are used in post-sclerotherapy treatment to help prevent the reappearance of varicose veins and spider veins.
For Medical Recovery & Mild Symptoms
While you don’t have to have a condition to use a higher compression level. This level is ideal for varicose veins, spider veins, and swelling. It’s also used for post-surgical treatment to help prevent the reappearance of varicose and spider veins. Helps prevent orthostatic hypotension (sudden fall in blood pressure when standing).
Extra Firm Compression
For Moderate to Severe Symptoms
This stronger compression level is used for post-surgical and post-sclerotherapy treatment to help prevent the reappearance of varicose and spider veins. Recommended for blood clots, lymphedema, severe swelling, severe varicose veins and post-surgery. Helps reduce symptoms of Orthostatic Hypotension and Postural Hypotension.
When Should I Not Use Compression Socks?
Although compression socks can be worn by most people, especially those of us who spend a lot of time sitting down or up on our feet, there are some medical conditions where they are not recommended. Please consult with your doctor first if you have doubts or suffer from any of these (or other) medical conditions: uncontrolled congestive heart failure, untreated septic phlebitis of the leg, phlegmasia cerulea dolens, ischemia of the legs, sensory problems, peripheral neuropathy, etc. (Please note that this is only a guideline and it’s not intended to be a full list of conditions that are contraindicated to wearing compression socks. If you have any medical condition, you should consult with your doctor first).
Compression socks should be used with caution in the following scenarios: when the person is confined to a bed, when there are skin infections, when the person has impaired sensitivity of the limb, when the fabric may cause an allergy.
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