How to Choose Between Open Toe & Closed Toe Compression Socks and Stockings
So you’re shopping for compression and you notice different labels & categories for open-toe and closed toe products. Does the label have you stumped? Don’t worry - it’s a common question we receive from compression wearers both new and old at Rejuva.
In this video, I break down highlights of each style and key takeaways for deciding which of the two options are right for you. If you can’t watch, read on for a recap of highlights below.
Like you might guess from the name, these cover the toes just like traditional socks or hosiery you’d buy at the store. Offering full foot coverage, closed toe items are ideal for frequent wearers of closed toed shoes and instances where you don’t want to have to wear another sock or stocking over your support garment.
Closed toe compression thigh highs and pantyhose are especially great for colder months when seeking added warmth. I love pairing them with a skirt or dress just like you would normal tights for some added flair in fall and winter. These closed styles are also great for those who don’t want to “fuss” with any rolling or bunching that could occur with improper fit or donning of an open-toed garment.
While most people are familiar with traditional closed toe stockings, few know exactly what open-toe implies as it relates to compression. An important point to note is that open-toe garments are NOT the same as footless ones. There’s actually a big difference!
A footless garment ends just below the ankle, while an open-toe garment will extend past the entire ankle and heel, over the entire arch of the foot, and up to the base of the toes. This is an important design feature for wearers with advanced conditions along with those targeting swelling in the foot and ankle region. Because this style ends right behind the toes, it’s a great option for summer months & times when you’re seeking extra footwear flexibility (i.e. sandals anyone?).
In addition to footwear flexibility, open toe compression stockings are ideal for wearers with toe conditions like ingrown nails, bunions, open sores, etc. If you need to wear an open toe for conditions like these but also want to wear a closed toe shoe, try layering your open-toe compression knee high under a pair of normal cotton ankle socks. This will give you the coverage needed for inside shoes without binding sore tootsies. Tip for putting on open toe items: Be sure to pull the end of the garment all the way past the ball of your foot and to the base of your toes. Don’t leave the end of it in the arch of your foot. Doing so may causing bunching and discomfort in your arch. Still a little confused? Try following the flow chart below for which style may be best for you.