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    Blog — Compression Socks

    Compression Socks: Does mmHg Matter?

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    Congrats! You’ve decided to take care of your legs and wear compression socks. When shopping you might notice that in addition to different sizes, compression socks also come in different levels of compression indicated by mmHg. What does this mean and does it matter?

    What is mmHg?

    mmHg stands for millimeters of mercury and it is a measurement of pressure. In addition to being used on compression socks, it is also used for blood pressure readings. Common levels for compression socks include; 8-15mmHg, 15-20 mmHg, 20-30 mmHg and 30-40 mmHg. Compression socks provide graduated compression so mmHg is listed as a range. The higher number in the range is the amount of pressure at the foot while the lower number is the amount at the top of the sock.

    Does it Matter?

    Yes, choosing the right level of compression is important. With the wrong level of compression the socks won’t be as helpful and could even cause harm. Since they work by compressing surface veins to assist with circulation, socks without enough pressure won’t be helpful. Too much compression can completely cut off circulation. Give some thought to which level of mmHg is best for you.

    How to Choose the Best mmHg Level for Me?

    Some simple guidelines. 

    •   8-15 mmHg: These socks provide very light compression. They are           perfect for those who spend a lot of time on their feet or suffer from minor   occasional swelling. See our selection of compression socks with 8-15   mmHg here. 
    •  15-20 mmHg: This is the compression range usually recommended to   prevent blood clots with long distance travel and to prevent swelling during   pregnancy. It is also great for those who suffer from minor swelling and   spend a lot of time on their feet. See our selection of compression socks with 15-20 mmHg here. 
    • 20-30 mmHg: These socks provide more compression and are ideal if you often experience swelling in your lower legs at the end of the day. They can also provide relief from varicose veins and heavier pregnancy related edema. See compression socks with 20-30 mmHg here. 
    • 30-40 mmHg: This level of compression should only be worn when prescribed by your doctor. It is often prescribed for lymphedema, DVT and venous insufficiency.

    Swelling in your legs can be the result of a variety of medical conditions so have a discussion with your physician to understand the cause.

    The good news is you can help your health and comfort with something as simple as compression socks. The better news is you don’t need to sacrifice your style to do it!

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    What Level of Compression (mmHg) Do You Need?

    You’ve decided to take care of yourself and part of that decision is wearing compression socks. Maybe you’re planning a long trip and want some circulation support on the journey. You might want help with swelling or circulation issues. Or maybe you are a busy person and want the comfort and support compression socks provide. Whatever the reason, you’re ready.

    But what the heck is mmHg? Aren’t socks just socks if you get the right size? With compression socks, no. The level of compression you choose really does make a difference.

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    And don't forget, taking care of yourself doesn't mean sacrificing your style. Shop our curated compression socks for styles you will love that go far beyond boring black, white and beige. 

     

     

    Why are Compression Socks So Expensive?

     

     

    Why are compression socks so expensive

    Maybe you’ve figured out the benefits of compression socks. Or perhaps your physician told you to wear them. Either way, you’re on board. You looked online or went to a medical supply store and scouted the options. $30+ dollars for one pair of socks?! What is going on?

    First, compression socks are considered a medical device. They are subject to stringent testing and must meet strict standards. Compression socks must have true graduated compression to be medically effective. Graduated compression means a higher amount of compression at the ankle that decreases as moves up the leg.

    Compression socks are also made with specific high quality fibers to ensure that they are comfortable and provide the benefits they promise. The strength and quality of the fibers allow the socks to stay in place, provide gradual compression, be easy to put on and take off and to be comfortable. Compression socks are also available in more sizes than traditional socks which also improves the quality of the compression provided.

    There is a boring explanation for a legitimate question. Compression socks are worth it if they help your health and provide comfort for you to keep moving and doing the things you love. And don't settle for boring black and beige compression socks. There are plenty of options that will make not only your legs, but also you happy. See Ease's collection here. 

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    Does Medicare Cover Compression and Diabetic Socks?

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    Did your doctor tell you that you should wear compression or diabetic socks? What is this all about?

    Compression socks are often prescribed for varicose veins and leg swelling. They are also great for preventing that tired and achy feeling you experience when you're on your feet all day. Compression hosiery is also recommended after surgery if you must stay in bed for a long time.

    Just like compression socks, diabetic socks are specially designed to provide comfort and protection for the special needs of those with diabetes. Diabetes often leads to circulation problems, especially in the legs. Socks that don’t dig in to the legs and impair circulation are so helpful for preventing foot ulcers and for comfort.

    Since your doctor prescribed these socks and said they are important for your health, they must be covered by Medicare right?

    Nope. Medicare and most medical insurance plans do not cover compression or diabetic socks. Even with a prescription from your doctor they are a non-covered service.

    There is one exception. If graduated compression stockings are specifically prescribed for treatment of open venous stasis ulcers, they might be covered as they may be seen as wound dressings. But there are certain conditions to meet. Medicare will only cover the cost of gradient compression stockings that are worn below the knee and deliver compression greater than 30mm Hg and less than 50mm Hg. The coverage doesn't apply to compression socks prescribed for treatment of circulation issues, varicose veins, or to prevent ulcers.

    Always contact the insurance company to confirm whether or not you have coverage before making your purchase.

    Given this, why not buy compression and diabetic socks you like instead of the ones presented to you at the medical supply store or corner drug store? At Ease Living we sell socks that would be at home on the runway and that would make your doctor smile. Click here to see the collections of compression and diabetic socks you will want to wear right here.

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    5 Reasons to Wear Compression Socks in the Summer


    5 Reasons To Wear Compression Socks In The Summer

    Not many of us are excited about wearing socks in summer. So, those compression socks you’ve been wearing per your physician’s advice or for comfort, do you really need them in the summer? Skipping them might be a big mistake, even if it is for just few months. This is especially true when you wear  them for health reasons.

    5 reasons to continue your compression routine in the summer.

    1. Heat can make swelling worse: When you are too hot your veins expand (dilate) which allows fluid to leak into surrounding tissue. This is the body’s natural way of keeping itself cool. But when veins expand it makes it harder for your body to push fluid against gravity back to the heart and it can pool in the lower legs causing more swelling.  

    2. Wearing compression socks prevents open sores and ulcers: Increased swelling can lead to more open sores. Without the support of compression socks, skin tends to becomes thin and irritated. Scratches and wounds then can develop into serious wounds or ulcers that take a long time to heal.

    3. Compression socks can help manage varicose veins: Varicose veins can be painful and ugly. They occur when the veins enlarge and become weak over time. Wearing compression socks improves circulation and can slow down the progression of varicose veins by keeping the veins close to their normal size. So yes, if you want to help those varicose veins, keep wearing compression in the summer.

    4. It makes summer travel more comfortable: It is summer and time to get out on the road! Whether you travel by car, train or by air, wear compression socks to support your legs. It will improve blood flow and make you more comfortable. This is especially useful on flights, when cramped conditions and high cabin pressure can really aggravate circulatory problems.

    5. Fashionable choices are available for summer: Compression socks are available in light fabrics perfect for summer heat and in fun patterns! Shop our lightweight patterned socks here. You will stay cool and comfortable while keeping your legs healthy.

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    Remember that compression socks keep your legs happy! Keep them on whether it is summer or winter, to enjoy yourself without compromising your health.

     

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