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    How Do I Know My Compression Socks Are Providing the Right Level of Compression?

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    Recently I had a customer ask how to know if compression socks are providing the compression stated - 15-20 mmhg vs 20-30 mmHg. I reached out to one some of my favorite socks brands and this is what I learned. 

    A factory with a history of making graduated compression socks and with state of the art technology that provides for circular knitting with different types of yarn.

    When a new shipment is received, the socks under go an extensive quality control process that ensures consistency. Each pair of socks is tested by hand for  sizing and compression level. They are measured and stretched to ensure the correct measurements for the size. Using a Pico Press, the compression level is measured to ensure that the correct mmHg (millimeters per mercury) is being detected in the right area of each sock. With this rigorous testing in place, the socks are listed with the Food and Drug Administration. 

    I only sell compression socks from companies that have this level of testing. The socks are made with functional fabrics to provide graduated compression for the health of your legs. Shop the collection of cute high quality compression socks here. 

    The Beginner’s Guide to Compression Socks

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    For many, compression socks are simply irreplaceable. They have an incredible ability to promote good circulation and ward off some serious side effects of poor blood flow, and that makes them a more than just socks.

    Of course, if you’ve never tried them before, you might be curious about how they work. Here are some answers to common questions about compression socks.

    What Are Compression Socks?

    Compression socks or compression stockings are often worn to help alleviate poor circulation and the problems it causes. Poor circulation can lead to serious problems like swelling in your legs, numbness, pain, muscle cramps and even blood.  So, if you do suffer from it, your physician is very likely to suggest compression devices to help alleviate the symptoms.

    These socks apply pressure to your legs, supporting circulation by mimicking the ability of your muscles to pump the blood backup from the major extremities (the legs and feet), helping push blood back up towards your heart where it can be re-oxygenated and continue circulating.

    Typically, compression socks are tighter around your toes and get looser as they come up your leg.

    How to Choose The Right Pair

    You don’t want to simply pull any pair off the rack and put them on. Compression socks come in more sizes than standard socks and in different levels of compression, or mmHg. Click here for a guide to choosing the right mmHg for your needs.

    Compression Sock Benefits

    There are even more reasons to wear compression socks other than the  health benefits for those with poor circulation. They are also recommended for leg and foot swelling and pain. People often choose to wear compression socks for comfort when they have to stand for long periods of time. They are also great for travel as they can help prevent blood clots when sitting on long journeys.

    There’s a reason why most athletic shops sell and promote compression socks. Their ability to improve blood circulation, speed up recovery time, and prevent soreness make them a valuable companion for gym-goers and non-athletes too.  

    Find The Right Socks

    In addition to making sure your compression socks have the right level of compression and are the right size, find some you like! You are no longer confined to coring black, white or beige socks. There are so many cute compression socks for women and for men. You won’t wear socks you don’t like and they won’t do you any good sitting in a drawer. Find the best compression socks for you and your legs will Thank you.

    Shop our collection of compression socks for men and for women here.

    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!

     








    You Can Give Socks & Underwear

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    Socks and underwear can be great gifts. Do you know why? There are options out there, options that are not widely known. 
    Say your gift receiver has been told they should wear compression socks for comfort or for vein health. Have you seen the socks they will find at a medical supply store? They are a weird beige color and they are awful. There is a better way. Argyle, stripes, polka dots, flowers - you name it and we've got it. Compression for men and for women in styles you would find at the mall. They will wear them because they want to, not because they have to. 
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    Swollen legs? Same deal. Non binding socks are widely available, in white and black. Pull together the perfect outfit then add white socks? I don't think so. Try our selection of stripes, argyle and polka dot non binding socks.
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    Underwear. Yes, we are going there. Odds are someone you know has incontinence and they don't talk about it. If someone has started making excuses not to go out or shopping at out of the way stores where they won't see someone they know, they might be dealing with incontinence. This holiday season, give them their life and dignity back with incontinence underwear that is REAL underwear. Washable, reusable and gorgeous, available for women and for men. This underwear works anywhere one might be caught with their pants down like the locker room or doctor's office. Give it because it makes them feel like an adult again. 
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    So they you go. Socks and underwear can be the perfect gift.

    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 is mmHg in compression socks? 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.