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3 Tips For Finding the Right Compression Stockings

Do you suffer from varicose veins? Here are 3 simple steps on how to find the right compression stockings for your needs.

An estimated 3.7 million Canadians suffer from varicose veins. These enlarged and swollen veins are often blue or dark purple in colour and occur when faulty valves in the veins allow blood to pool or flow in the wrong direction.

While in many cases, varicose veins are a cosmetic concern, in certain situations they may also result in:

  • Pain and swelling
  • Skin discoloration
  • Aching and heavy legs
  • Blood clots or chronic inflammation


Find Quality Compression Stockings and Socks at Our Calgary Vein Clinic

At Glenmore Landing Vein Clinic, we offer a wide range of treatment options for spider and varicose veins, including compression stockings and socks, as well as customized sclerotherapy treatments to restore the appearance and comfort to your legs.

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3 Easy Steps to Find The Right Compression Stockings For Your Needs

There are so many different options when it comes to compression socks and stockings, that it can be a challenge finding the type that best suits your unique needs. To make the process easier, here are 3 simple steps to choose the right compression socks for you.

Step 1: Choose The Compression Level

The key to gaining the most benefit from your compression stockings is to choose the right compression levels to address your needs. A good rule of thumb to follow is:

  • 15-20 mmHg: Great for daily wear, travel, and sports. They help improve circulation without being too tight.
  • 20-30 mmHg: Great for sports recovery, daily wear, medical recovery, and to manage mild symptoms of varicose and spider veins. Ideal for patients looking for more support.
  • 30-40 mmHg: This level of compression stockings is recommended for serious conditions such as blood clots (DVT), severe swelling (edema), and severe varicose veins.

Always Consult With Your Doctor

For specific medical conditions, it’s important to consult with your doctor on the exact compression level for you.

Step 2: Choose if You Want a Sock or Stocking

If you are looking for compression stockings, you have the option of a compression sock or stocking. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Knee High Socks: These compression socks stop below the bend of your knee. You should not pull these over your knee as it can be uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous, depending on your condition and the compression you’re wearing. This is ideal if you have swelling in your ankles.
  • Thigh High: These cover your entire leg, stopping at the top of your thigh. They are meant to cover your entire thigh and improve circulation throughout your leg.
  • Pantyhose/Waist High: Waist high compression stockings have both legs connected by a torso portion. They are able to bring swelling up and out of your legs through your hips.



Step 3: Choose Your Style and Material

To further customize which type of compression stocking is right for you, you also have a wide range of options when it comes to style and material.

  • Opaque fabric: This is ideal for both men and women because they are easy to wear and strong enough to provide enough compression to your legs. They are also more durable than sheer fabrics.
  • Sheer fabric: These are lightweight, transparent, and fashionable, and are easy to pair with many clothes. At times, however, they snag, and don’t provide as much containment for swelling.
  • Cotton or wool: Compression socks for running or sports are made of durable materials that control heat and moisture. While they’re also a great choice for daily wear, varicose veins, and swelling, this material is generally only available in lower compression levels.


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Do you require help choosing the right compression stocking for you? Our team has the knowledge and expertise to help you make the most informed and safest choice. To find out more, visit us at Glenmore Landing Vein Clinic, D 267, 1600 - 90th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB.

Alternatively, you can book an appointment by filling in our online contact form.

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