Choosing a Compression level
How are compression levels measured and marked?
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).
The compression levels in which each garment is offered depends upon its brand & country of manufacture. Likewise, the strength of compression needed by each individual wearer depends on the symptoms being addressed and that individual’s particular medical needs.
Generally, graduated compression is displayed in ranges. The higher the numerical value within a given range, the stronger the support level indicated. For example, a 20-30 mmHg garment will offer more support than a 15-20 mmHg garment.
What compression level is right for me?
Typically, the severity of symptoms dictates the level of compression suggested.
For your convenience, we’ve compiled a rough guide of common compression indications as below. This chart is designed for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice or recommendation of your physician. If you need help determining the right compression for you & your specific medical needs, PLEASE consult your physician to determine the appropriate compression level for your particular usage & medical history.
*The information provided is for general information only and is not intended for the diagnosis or treatment of any conditions or diseases. As with any treatment, consult with your physician or healthcare provider if you have any questions or to determine if compression is right for you.
Know your compression level, but unsure of what STYLE to select?
Usually, the most important considerations when answering this question is the location & severity of the issue you’re treating.
Knee highs are likely a great starting point.DVT behind the knee or sclerotherapy in the upper thigh?
Thigh highs or pantyhose are probably a better selection.Expectant mom to be?
Maternity pantyhose offer fabulous support for your legs with expandable tummy room for your growing belly.
Here are some other “unofficial” pointers & observations we’ve gathered from our combined years wearing compression:
- In addition to considering where the issue you’re trying to treat is, we suggest considering your body type. For example: a pear-shaped wearer may prefer pantyhose over thigh highs to avoid any pinching in the upper thigh, while a tall wearer may prefer thigh highs over pantyhose to avoid shortness in the crotch inseam.
- Open-toe models are excellent options for wearers with bunions and ingrown toenails, and are also comfortable for warmer weather. We love pairing nude open-toe thigh highs with sandals in the summer.
For your convenience, this information is also summarized in the brief video below: