Compression Socks and Stockings
The answer to why wear support stockings is one that requires some thought, because there are several reasons why people need to wear support stockings, also referred to as compression socks and stockings. It can get complicated as well when there are serious medical issues concerning the feet and legs. The question could be how do I know I need to wear support stockings. You basically know when the legs and feet ache often and are fatigued or when there is frequent swelling and pain. When this happens a person would be wise to seek a medical professional and get a diagnosis.
This way you will find the level of support or compression stockings that's needed. There are different levels of compression hosiery and it is important to wear the correct one. They use units of measure (mmHg) to clarify the pressure in these types of socks and stockings. Lower level compression stockings are sold over the counter and are 10-15mmHg and 15-20mmHg. You don't need a doctor's order for them and they are considered moderate compression. This is the level that many people begin with to see if they will actually help.
Like many of us they do this to save money on doctor bills and avoid inconvenient appointments. At times this works and other times it doesn't. When it doesn't then they may end up going to the doctor and get a doctor's order or prescription for a higher level of compression. Personally I use over the counter support stockings and they work great for keeping swelling to a minimum and for comfort as well. Thus far I don't have the need for a higher level of graduated pressure.
Support hose or stockings are used to provide extra support in the legs and gradually apply pressure from the ankles upward. The socks are tighter at the ankle and become less constrictive as they go up the leg pushing blood back toward the heart. Circulation problems may cause blood to pool in lower areas then blood doesn't circulate as it should. This pooling of blood in the legs and feet can create swelling, spider veins, varicose veins and blood clots.
The bottom line is that when you wear support stockings or compression hosiery it will improve the health of the feet and legs. This is what they are designed to do and yes they do cost more than regular socks. However, the money is well spent and is it not better to pinch pennies elsewhere than to allow the health of legs and feet to deteriorate when you can prevent it.
Of course, you can't expect wearing compression socks alone to take care of the problem. There are some other things you can do to help and they are: consume less salt, keep a healthy weight, eat a balanced diet, exercise, don't stand or sit for long periods and elevate legs and feet when possible. Not that you have to do it all at once, but set doable goals and tackle them one at a time.
Support Hosiery Compression Stockings- Brands
Like anything else there are popular brands of support compression stockings and you can find all of them online many of them at Amazon. If nothing else Amazon is an excellent place to read reviews and compare prices, since they are a trusted site and carry most everything.
Jobst is one of the most popular brands of compression stockings. To give you an idea of how they perform Amazon has a pair of moderate compression knee highs (15-20mmHg) with 15 reviews and a 4 star rating that you can check out. There are many other types of Jobst stockings reviewed as well such as thigh highs, panty hose, casual, dressy and sports training.
Also check out Truform, another leader in the compression stockings arena when it comes to quality and style. They too, carry a full line of compression hosiery for men and women. Their best sellers on Amazon are closed toe knee highs and open toe thigh highs. As with other quality brands of support stockings prices vary from $15-$40 depending on discounts.
Next, consider Futuro as they surely give the other two a run for their money as far as quality and popularity go. Their best sellers seem to be anti-embolism medical stockings that are great for injury recovery. However, their knee high men's dress socks are popular as well. Futuro has a full line of compression and support stockings at competitive prices.
A few other worthy of mention brands of support hosiery are Ames Walker, Activa, Gabrialla, Sigvaris, Therafirm, Mediven and Juzo. If you're a first time buyer keep in mind that they are all excellent brands, so you cannot lose, just pick one that is on sale.
Now, if someone asks you why wear support stockings you have the answer.
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