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Which Level of Support is Right for You?

If you're having a hard time deciding which graduated support product will best meet your needs, please review the chart below*:

Suggested Level of Compression Recommended for:
8-15mmHg Compression
  • Those suffering from tired, aching legs
  • Those using support hosiery for the first time
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15-20mmHg Compression
  • Those experiencing mild swelling/ edema
  • Minor cases of varicose veins
  • Postsclerotherapy
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20-30mmHG Compression
  • Moderate to severe cases of varicose veins
  • Postsurgical
  • Those experiencing moderate swelling/ edema
  • Those who want to help prevent the reoccurrence of venous ulcerations
  • Those with superficial vein thrombophlebitis
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Recommended Compression Level: LIGHT

Standing and sitting for long periods of time can cause your legs to ache and feel tired. Blood pools at the ankles and has a hard time returning. Light graduated support hosiery provides a gentle squeeze at the ankles and up the legs to get blood flowing back toward your heart, helping relieve that tired, achy feeling in your legs.

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Recommended Compression Level: MODERATE

Build-up of fluid in the body’s tissues, often occurring in the lower leg and ankle, is called swelling or edema. Although painless, swelling may be caused by some medications, injury, vein problems, heart problems or other reasons. Prolonged swelling should not be ignored, as it may be a sign of serious disease or chronic venous insufficiency.

Symptoms of edema include:

  • Enlarged ankles and calf (lower leg may appear puffy)
  • Discomfort or tired legs
  • Decreased mobility (leg may feel heavy)
  • Decreased skin elasticity

Mild swelling is often managed with 15-20 mmHg compression. Moderate and severe swelling may require higher compression. Please consult your physician.

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Recommended Compression Level: FIRM

Varicose veins, caused from the backflow or pooling of blood in a damaged vein, can be mild to severe. They may occur as the result of heredity or age, or develop during pregnancy.

Symptoms of varicose veins include:

  • Bulging veins
  • Aching and discomfort in the leg
  • Leg heaviness and fatigue
  • Inflammation of a superficial vein

20-30 mmHg is the most commonly selected level of compression for varicose veins. The compression level that is best for you will depend on the severity of your symptoms. Please consult with your physician.

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*Chart does not include all possible ailments. Content pages describe general principles of healthcare that should not in any event be construed as specific instructions for individual consumers You should discuss the information provided with a podiatrist, physician or other licensed healthcare professional, especially if you feel you need compression 20 mmHg and greater.


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