Graduated/Gradient compression stockings


Compression stockings are specialized hosiery, designed to help prevent the occurrence of, and guard against further progression of venous disorders such as edema, phlebitis and thrombosis.


What is gradient compression?

The pressure of the socks, measured by millimeters of mercury, is greatest at the ankle and decreases as it goes up the leg to help blood fight gravity. Different pressure strengths serve different needs.



Compression therapy helps decrease venous pressure, prevents venous stasis and impairments of venous walls, and relieves heavy and aching legs.


Who can benefit from wearing compression stockings?

Anyone's legs can feel better while wearing gradient compression stockings, especially if you spend a lot of time sitting, standing or in a sedentary position. Gradient compression stockings are most beneficial for the following leg complaints:

  • Tired, aching, heavy feeling legs
  • Leg swelling
  • Varicose veins
  • Venous insufficiency
  • Post-thrombotic syndrome
  • Healed venous ulcers
  • Active venous ulcers
  • Lymphedema


How it works ?

Compression stockings are tightest at the ankles and gradually become less constrictive towards the knees and thighs. By compressing the surface veins, arteries and muscles, the circulating blood is forced through narrower circulatory channels. As a result, the arterial pressure is increased, which causes more blood to return to the heart and less blood to pool in the feet.


Are compression socks the tighter the better?

On important thing you should know is that compression socks are not the tighter the better!!! There are lots of compression socks that do not have gradient compression. If what you wear are uniform compression socks which offer the same amount of compression to all parts of the leg, you will only feel the tightness while wearing. Even worse is that it will hinder the blood circulation of legs and cause blood pooling at lower legs!!! 



You must be careful when choosing compression socks!

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