When shopping for compression socks you may have noticed the mmHg on the label. What does this mean? MmHg stands for millimeters of mercury and it indicates the level of pressure or compression. Our socks provide graduated compression so the pressure is listed as a range. The higher number in the range is the amount of pressure at the foot while the lower number is amount at the top of the sock.
So which range is right for you?
- 8-15 mmHg: Provides very light compression. For minor or occasional swelling. Also great for a little extra support if you spend a lot of time on your feet. Our lightweight patterned compression socks are available in with 8-15 mmHg. Some patterns are available in plus size.
- 15-20 mmHg: Also for minor and occasional swelling. This is the range most often recommended for reducing swelling and preventing DVT (blood clots) during travel. Often recommended during pregnancy to prevent edema. When you get in to this range, compression socks come in different sizes so make sure to buy the one right for you. Our lightweight patterned compression socks and thicker socks in stripes, florals and more are available for men and women here.
- 20-30 mmHg: If you often experience swelling in your ankles or feet by the end of the day, this is the range for you. Provides relief for heavy aching, fatigued legs. Reduction of mild to moderate edema from pregnancy, varicose veins and other conditions. Size is important with these socks. Some of our patterns are available with 20-30 mmHg.
- 30-40 mmHg: If you have severe swelling or notice you are still swelling at the end of the day with 20-30 mmHg compression, move to 30-40 mmHg. Provides relief from severe varicose veins and swelling. These can be found at a medical supply store.
- 40-50 mmHg: Extra firm compression. Should only be worn under a doctor's supervision.
If you are experiencing swelling in your legs it is important to discuss the issue with your physician to understand the underlying cause.
With so many stylish options available, why wouldn't you try compression for the health and comfort of your legs?
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