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Who needs compression socks or compression stockings ?

  • People who walk or stand for prolonged periods of time during work or in their daily life
  • People sitting still for prolonged periods of time - e.g. on a flight or when  driving long distances
  • Pregnant women experiencing swellings in legs and feet
  • Anyone who is prone to varicose veins can ease the pain with a pair of compression stockings.

The Purpose of Compression Socks

The purpose of compression socks is to improve the circulation from legs and feet and back to the heart.The pressure of the compression socks on insteps and calves means that the circulation is improved, and it also helps in reducing swellings in legs and feet.  

When you are travelling

When you travel you often sit still for prolonged periods of time which in return makes the legs stiff and inflexible. The support stocking puts pressure on the veins improving the circulation back to the heart.

What is MMHG?

Hg stands for millimetre of mercury. Originally it was the amount of mercury that made the barometer rise at different pressures. MmHg stand for the amount of pressure provided by the stockings. The higher the mmHg the higher the compression.Our stockings provide mild compression meaning that they provide compression with 15-21 mmHg. We also have support stockings with higher compression (class 2 22-33 mmHg) for those who need more support.

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are damaged veins. The purpose of the veins is to lead the blood back to the heart. The veins have valves preventing the blood from running in the wrong direction when a movement of the muscles in the legs increases the blood pressure in a vein.Varicose veins happen when the blood pressure in the vein becomes so high that the vein gives in and expands.People with very elastic connective tissue might form varicose veins with a normal blood pressure in the vein. In most cases the development of varicose veins is a combination of leaking valves, elastic connection tissue and a job where you stand still for prolonged periods of time.Pregnant women often develops varicose veins as the change in the hormonal balance leads to more elastic connective tissue, and the pressure of the womb of the pregnant woman on the pelvic veins makes the passage of the blood out into the legs difficult. Compression stockings help in putting pressure on the veins leading to an improvement in the blood flow back to the heart.  If you run, buying a pair of compression stocking for running might be a really good idea.

About compression stockings and choosing the right size

Which level of compression should I choose?

Support stockings come in two classes: Class 1 (mild compression) and Class 2 (strong compression).Support and compression stockings help improve your blood circulation, with a pressure that is strongest around the ankle and decreases up the leg. If you have not consulted your doctor, we recommend that you start with Class 1.

Class 1: This compression level is recommended for air travel, standing/sedentary work, swollen legs and feet, varicose veins, during pregnancy, etc. The majority of our compression stockings for sports are also Class 1.

Class 2: This compression level should be used only by prescription from your doctor or nurse. If in doubt, consult your doctor; he or she will examine you and advise you accordingly.

Which length of stocking should I choose – knee-high, thigh-high or tights?

The function of support and compression stockings is to apply a pressure around the ankle which stimulates the blood circulation. This pressure decreases up the leg and therefore becomes increasingly milder. If in doubt, start with knee-high stockings unless you have specific problems around the thigh (e.g. varicose veins). Many pregnant women find a support panty hose to be the most comfortable because it provides additional support and ease to the stomach.

What does AD, AT and AHG stand for?

AD, AT and AHG indicate the length of the stocking. AD: Knee-high, AT: Panty hose, AHG: Thigh-high stocking, also called “stay-up”.

What is the difference between the materials cotton, bamboo and micro polyester?

Cotton is a natural fibre known to be durable and breathable. Suited for everyday use.Bamboo is a natural fibre with many of the same properties as cotton, only it is even more breathable. Its surface is glossier than that of cotton. Suited for everyday use if you are often feeling hot.Micro polyester makes a more flexible stocking with a glossier (elegant) surface and a cooling effect at high temperatures. Suited for air travel and hot days, for instance.

How do I choose the right size?

When choosing the size, the most important measurement is the circumference of your ankle and then that of your calf. The size of your foot is less important. Compression is strongest around the ankle and decreases up the leg. Use the size chart shown below the product in question to see how your measurements fit into the chart. If you are between two sizes, you should choose the size that suits the circumference of your ankle the best. It is not unusual that the foot of the stocking is either too large or too small, but you will not be able to feel this once you take the stocking on. If the foot is five sizes larger or smaller than the size you normally use, try stockings with an open toe.

What do I do if I’m between two sizes?

If you are between two sizes, you should choose the size that suits the circumference of your ankle the best. It is not unusual that the foot of the stocking is either too large or too small, but you will not be able to feel this once you take the stocking on. If the foot is five sizes larger or smaller than the size you normally use, try stockings with an open toe.

The size that fits my leg is far too large/small for my foot?

It is not unusual that the foot of the stocking is either too large or too small, but you will not be able to feel this once you take the stocking on. If the foot is five sizes larger or smaller than the size you normally use, try stockings with an open toe.
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