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Compression Medical Stockings

Compression medical stockings, also known as compression stockings or compression hosiery, are specialized garments designed to improve circulation in the legs and provide therapeutic benefits. They are typically made from elastic materials that apply graduated pressure to the legs, with the greatest pressure at the ankle and gradually decreasing pressure as the stocking goes up the leg. Compression stockings come in various lengths, including knee-high, thigh-high, and full-length stockings or pantyhose.

It’s important to consult with a healthcare provider before using compression stockings to ensure you choose the right type, size, and compression level for your specific needs. Properly fitted compression stockings can provide comfort and promote better leg health.

For what used?

These stockings are commonly used for medical and therapeutic purposes, such as:

  1. Managing Venous Disorders: Compression stockings help prevent and alleviate conditions like deep vein thrombosis (DVT), varicose veins, and chronic venous insufficiency. They improve blood flow, reducing the risk of blood clots and reducing swelling and discomfort.

  2. Edema Control: They are effective in reducing swelling (edema) in the legs, especially in individuals with conditions like lymphedema or post-surgical swelling.

  3. Relieving Leg Fatigue: Compression stockings can ease the symptoms of tired, achy legs that result from long periods of standing or sitting.

  4. Support During Pregnancy: Pregnant women often use maternity compression stockings to help prevent varicose veins and reduce swelling in the legs.

  5. Sports and Recovery: Athletes and active individuals sometimes wear compression stockings during exercise to enhance performance and reduce muscle fatigue. They are also used for post-workout recovery.


Compression medical stockings come in various types, styles, and compression levels to meet different medical and lifestyle needs. Here are some common types of compression stockings:

  1. Gradient Compression Stockings: These stockings provide graduated compression, meaning they exert the highest pressure at the ankle and gradually decrease pressure as they move up the leg. This design promotes better blood flow from the feet back to the heart.

  2. Compression Socks: These are often knee-high stockings designed to provide compression primarily to the calf and lower leg. They are suitable for a wide range of conditions, including varicose veins and general leg discomfort.

  3. Compression Hosiery: This term encompasses a range of compression stockings, including knee-high, thigh-high, and full-length stockings or pantyhose. The choice of style depends on the specific medical condition and personal preference.

  4. Anti-Embolism Stockings: Also known as TED (thrombo-embolic deterrent) stockings, these are designed to prevent blood clots, particularly during and after surgery or when a person is bedridden. They provide a specific level of compression to reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

  5. Maternity Compression Stockings: These are specially designed for pregnant women to support leg circulation, reduce swelling, and help prevent varicose veins during pregnancy. They are available in various styles, including knee-high and pantyhose.

  6. Sports Compression Socks: Athletes often use these stockings to enhance performance, reduce muscle fatigue, and aid in post-workout recovery. They may offer varying levels of compression and are available in different styles and colors.

  7. Custom-Fit Compression Garments: In some cases, individuals with unique leg shapes or specific medical requirements may need custom-made compression stockings. These are tailored to fit the individual’s measurements and provide optimal compression.

  8. Compression Bandages: While not stockings per se, compression bandages are wraps made from elastic material and are used for treating conditions like lymphedema or severe venous insufficiency. They provide adjustable compression and are often used in conjunction with compression stockings.

  9. Travel Compression Socks: Designed for long-haul travelers, these socks aim to reduce the risk of blood clots (e.g., deep vein thrombosis) during extended flights or car rides. They provide mild to moderate compression.

Compression stockings are available in various compression levels, typically measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg), such as 15-20 mmHg (mild compression), 20-30 mmHg (moderate compression), and 30-40 mmHg (firm compression). The appropriate type and compression level should be recommended by a healthcare professional based on an individual’s medical condition and needs. Proper fit and compliance with wearing instructions are crucial for their effectiveness.

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