New User Guide

So you found out you need to wear compression. Now what?

You may be shopping for your first pair and feeling overwhelmed by the many sizes, styles, and options available.

We’re here to help walk you through it, translate the medical jargon, and assist you in identifying the best product for your needs.

Finding your perfect compression garment is as simple as finding your …

What does STAR stand for? The main elements of a properly fit compression stocking of course!

S - Support Level

T - Type

A - Accurate Measurements

R - Right Size

Let’s get started.


S - Support Level

Compression stockings are made in a variety of support levels, each of which is designed to address a different need. These levels are most commonly expressed in millimeters of mercury (abbreviated as mmHg) and displayed in ranges. The higher the numerical value within a given range, the stronger the support level indicated.

Your doctor will be the best resource for determining the best compression level for your specific health and medical needs, however a brief introduction to common usages for each compression level is as below:

  • ● 8-15 mmHg: light support for tired, heavy achy legs | Relieves tiredness and energizes legs fatigued by prolonged sitting or standing. Commonly worn by healthy wearers for preventative applications.
  • ● 15-20 mmHg: mild support for mild ankle and leg swelling, discomfort, minor spider & varicose veins, tired & achy legs | Commonly used for travel, mild edema, pregnancy, spider veins, and mild varicose veins. A great “starting point” for first time wearers & a commonly suggested entry level for therapeutic applications.
  • ● 20-30 mmHg: moderate support for moderate ankle and leg swelling, discomfort, moderate spider & varicose veins & other conditions as physician recommended | Commonly used for moderate edema, lymphedema, DVT, post-surgery, pregnancy. Physician recommendation suggested.
  • ● 30-40 mmHg: firm support for severe varicose veins, advanced venous deficiencies & other severe conditions | Commonly used for severe edema, lymphedema, DVT, post surgery, and severe varicose veins. Typically reserved for advanced conditions & not suggested for use without physician recommendation.

Again, the above is intended for informational purposes only and should not replace or substitute the advice of your therapist or physician. Please contact him/her with specific questions regarding what compression level to wear.

T - Type

Usually, the most important considerations when answering this question is the location & severity of the issue you’re treating.

Some of the more common uses we’ve observed for our most popular styles are:

  • ● knee highs - travel, prolonged sitting or standing, swelling in lower legs or ankles
  • ● thigh highs & pantyhose - post sclerotherapy, DVT, post-thrombotic syndrome, venous insufficiency, more advanced conditions requiring support over the entire length of leg.

As with any therapeutic product, use your common sense and err on the side of caution. Contact your physician with questions and discontinue use if discomfort or irritation occurs.

A - Accurate Measurements

Unlike normal socks or stockings, compression stocking sizing is determined via leg circumference measurements. To get these simply, measure your leg circumference at:

  1. 1) the narrowest part of the ankle
  2. 2) the widest part of the calf
  3. 3) 3 inches below your gluteal crease

Write down these three figures and keep them handy!

R - Right Size

Now that you know your support level, type, and accurate measurements, you’re ready to do the fun part - SHOP!

Since sizing vary brand to brand, you can make sizing less stressful by finding the exact products you want before looking at the many charts available. So take some time to browse the various styles, finishes, and colors until you find a garment that catches your eye. Once you have your top selection(s) narrowed down click the “sizing chart” links on their respective product detail pages. This will pull up the exact chart which corresponds with the product you’ve selected. Simply match the measurements you recorded up with the corresponding areas on the size chart and you’re ready to go!

Found your STAR, but still want to know more? Tune into this video for information on proper wear and care + additional tips!

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