No two pairs of legs are the same. Proof of this can be found in the unique levels of graduated compression you may require from your compression socks and leg-wear. Understanding your own compression needs is the key to achieving the very best results from your compression hosiery. Where to start, you ask? Same place your pressure does: the ankle.
Blood flow in the legs naturally gets much weaker the lower you descend, and caps around the ankle where blood often pools and is ineffectively pumped to the heart. One common symptom is swelling of the feet and/or legs. This is especially true for older people, people with circulatory conditions stemming from poor blood flow, and for runners who challenge their legs on a regular basis. The best way to counter the painful symptoms of poor circulation is to first be aware of the compression level right for you based on your indication. Next, is to purchase and wear pair graduated compression socks or stockings best for you.
Compression Therapy can provide important medical benefits including improved blood circulation to your legs. To find out what hosiery compression levels are best suited, you should consult your doctor and/or physical therapist for accurate measurements and recommendations. You can determine the proper size garment to purchase by measuring the size of your ankle and calf (for knee high socks) and additionally your thigh (for thigh highs & pantyhose). Most manufactures of compression hosiery have sizing charts online at there website to guide you. Your symptoms and indications will determine the recommended level of compression. Here are the few rules of thumb:
Levels of Compression
Compression levels are measured in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg), and tell you how much graduated compression you need to help prevent and relieve swelling, edema, soreness, shin splints, fatigue, lactic acid buildup, and other localized circulatory conditions.
• 8-15 mmHg indicates Gentle Compression— for tired and achy legs that can be caused by traveling or too many hours standing on your feet.
• 15-20 mmHg indicates Moderate/Therapeutic Compression—which is associated with achiness, mild swelling, and spider varicose veins as a result of frequent traveling, pregnancy, and sitting/standing for too long.
• 20-30 mmHg indicates Firm/Medical Grade Compression—which suggests further elevated venous insufficiency; moderate swelling and edema, varicose veins and Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).
• 30-40mmHg is the highest compression range, indicating Extra Firm Compression—indicated for chronic insufficiency that can cause ulcers and frequent swelling/pain.
Nobody wants to be at the end of the compression spectrum. The good news is there are plenty of quality compression therapy products available to help you. You should do everything in your power to counter painful symptoms of whatever compression level defines you. Once you determine your particular graduated compression needs, you’ll know the right compression leg-wear to buy.
If you head over to LEGEND Compression Wear™, you’ll find an extensive range of graduated compression socks, stockings, sleeves to meet all your compression therapy and sports activity needs.