Why wear compression socks or stockings? To take advantage of a time-proven, noninvasive method for preserving the circulatory health of your legs. By hugging most tightly at the ankle & looser above, graduated compression helps blood & fluid move upward against the force of gravity and towards the heart. This can be adapted to each wearer's needs via the strength of pressure (measured in mmHg) contained within each garment. If you're new to compression & seeking greater understanding of its many uses, below are some non-formal introductions to our wearers' most common conditions. We've assembled this via our own research, experience, and time spent speaking with our customers over the years so it's designed to be casual in its approach. We hope it's of help! Please reach out for your doctor for formal medical advice adapted to your specific needs.