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

We recommend that you consult with your physician before wearing compression stockings 20 mmHg and above. If you have arterial circulation problems, please consult with your physician before wearing any level of compression.

Gradient compression delivers a squeezing to the leg that is tightest at the ankle. The compression or squeezing gradually decreases up the leg. For arm sleeves, the highest compression is at the wrist and decreases up the arm.

Ready to wear and standard off the shelf compression garments do not require a prescription. However, some insurance plans require a physician’s prescription for reimbursement. Check with our customer service team and reimbursement specialists to see if your insurance plan covers compression stockings and their documentation requirements.

Your physician can better determine the compression level you need based off the medical issues that you have, but the chart offers some good guidelines.

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Latex is a natural substance that comes from the rubber tree. Latex can be used in textiles in two forms: Dry natural rubber and natural rubber latex. Most stockings are now latex-free, but please advise our customer service team about your latex allergy.

The best time to measure is in the morning, which is when the swelling is the least.

For Knee Highs:

  • Circumference of the ankle right above the ankle bone
  • Circumference of the thickest part of the calf
  • Length from the crease of the knee to the floor

For Thigh Highs:

  • Circumference of the ankle right above the ankle bone
  • Circumference of the thickest part of the calf
  • Circumference of the thickest part of the thigh normally by the buttocks
  • Length from below the crease of the buttock to the floor

For Panty Hose:

  • Circumference of the ankle right above the ankle bone
  • Circumference of the thickest part of the calf
  • Circumference of the thickest part of the thigh normally by the buttocks
  • Circumference of the hips
  • Length from the hips to the floor
  • Circumference of the wrist
  • Circumference of the elbow while slightly bent
  • Circumference of the upper arm at the thickest part
  • Length from the wrist to the upper arm by the arm pit
  • Circumference of the wrist
  • Circumference of the palm

Your legs are least swollen when you wake up. The stockings will be easier to put on if you put them on as soon as you get out of bed.

  • The wearing time for gradient compression stockings is dependent on both the reason for wearing the compression and the amount of compression. A physician is the best guide for this.
  • Bed-bound patients may be advised by their physician to wear anti-embolism stockings (16-18 mmHg) to prevent blood clots from forming in the deep veins of the leg.
  • Immediately following sclerotherapy, your physician may instruct you to wear a specific level of compression continuously for a specified number of hours or days depending on the size of the veins injected.
  • Patients with lymphedema are advised to follow the wearing schedule recommended by their physician or therapist.
  • Patients with chronic venous problems such as venous related leg swelling, skin changes, or varicose veins, generally wear the compression stockings while out of bed (approximately 16 hours per day) and remove them when going to bed.

We highly recommend washing them with Ivory Bar Soap with luke warm water and laying them flat to dry. Most of the garments will dry overnight. You can also purchase products specifically made to wash your garment, but do not use Woolite as it breaks down the fibers.

Some garment brands can be washed in the washing machine but please check the directions once you receive them. Washing garments properly will maintain the compression for a longer period of time.