Which grade of compression socks should I buy?
In addition to scrub uniforms and lab coats, compression socks are another essential work equipment for medical staff, especially nurses. Of course, in addition to medical staff, staff who often stand and sit should also be equipped with several pairs of compression socks. So, according to your own situation, which level is most suitable to buy? Please read the following.
The standard compression levels of compression stockings are 15-20 mmHg (over the counter), 20-30 mmHg (medical grade 1), 30-40 mmHg (medical grade 2), and 40-50 mmHg (medical grade 3). There are other levels of compression, but the ones listed above are standardized and the most commonly used.
15-20 mmHg compression socks are available in knee-high, thigh-high, pantyhose and maternity pantyhose styles, and are suitable for both men and women. There are casual daily compression socks, fashion style compression socks, sports compression socks, etc. Many people choose to wear 15-20 mmHg compression socks when flying or traveling for a long time. They are very comfortable, and because of the many styles, more and more people choose to wear this level of compression socks in their daily lives. If you want to prevent varicose veins, you can also choose this level of compression stockings.
This is the most widely used medical grade and the lowest medical grade. The compression level of 20-30 mmHg is ideal for treating leg swelling, spider veins, varicose veins, travel, sports, and after certain surgeries. Especially pregnant women wearing compression stockings of this level can reduce leg swelling and pain. This grade of compression socks also includes knee-high, thigh-high, pantyhose and maternity pantyhose styles. All in all, this level is suitable for people who already have some symptoms (such as varicose veins) but are not very serious.
This level is the stronger medical level II. It is recommended for moderate to severe leg health symptoms. When you have a blood clot or DVT due to deep vein thrombosis, a compression level of 30-40 mmHg is recommended. Patients with lymphedema are also recommended to use this grade of compression stockings. In addition, when choosing the compression grade, it is best to choose the fabric of the compression socks. It is best to choose more durable materials for this grade of compression socks.
In addition, there are 40-50 mmHg (medical grade 3) compression socks. We do not recommend that you buy this grade by yourself. If you want to buy this grade compression socks, it is best to consult a doctor before buying, because this compression level is very high.
Finally, please remember to change compression socks every 5-6 months, or if you feel that compression socks become loose, then it is time to change a pair.