If your job requires that you stand for long periods of time, your legs may be killing you by the end of the day. This is particularly true if you have varicose veins. Varicose veins are enlarged and twisted and most commonly occur on the legs and feet.
Compression stockings put graduated compression on your legs which improves the blood flow. There is little evidence that compression stockings keep you from forming new varicose veins, but your legs won’t be so tired and achy.
Here are four helpful guidelines for purchasing compression stockings:
Start with your ankle and place the measuring tape around the smallest part of the ankle about a half an inch above the ankle bone. Next, measure the widest part of the calf. For your thigh measurement, place the measuring tape right below the buttocks. Finally, measure from the bottom of the buttocks to the floor.
Knowing your measurements will help you select the best size for your compression needs, and most places you order from will have a size chart for reference.
In most cases, knee-length compression stockings will work the best. However, if you have varicose veins or swelling in your thigh, then order the thigh highs.
Choose a Compression Level
Most people find that the 15-20mmHg compression works the best. Consult your doctor before purchasing stockings with higher compression.
If you need more help or have further questions, purchase from a medical supply store. You can receive an accurate set of measurements and know you’re buying a quality product. It will probably be more expensive, but you shouldn’t worry about cost when it comes to your health.
On the other hand, if you prefer to buy online, there are usually more styles to choose from, and it is more economical.