Should I wear Open Toe or Closed Toe Compression Stockings?

Compression stockings come in many different styles and colors. A common question is whether or not people should wear an open toe or closed toe compression stocking. An open toe compression stocking is a sock or stocking that has an opening at the toes. This is great for people with a large shoe size or people with sensitivities in the toes or in the front of the feet. Also, open toe compression stockings are cooler to wear in the warm weather. Often people wear an open toe compression stocking and then put on regular socks over it. This allows people to get the compression they need while wearing whatever kind of sock they want. The flexibility of open toe compression stockings make them popular during spring and summer and places with warm weather and for travelers.

Closed toe compression stockings feel more like a regular sock or stocking. Closed toe compression stockings usually feature a bubble toe to give people more room for the toes. Depending on the size and model, closed toe compression stockings accommodate shoe sizes up to 13 in men and 12 in women.

If you’re concerned about your shoe size when wearing a closed toe compression stocking, check the sizing charts or email us if you have any questions.


4 Responses

Trudy
Trudy

August 25, 2013

I have to get 20/30 compression stockings.I wear around a 10 1/2 shoe.I’m prediabetic.Can i wear open toe compression knee highs.I have vercose veins.I’ve just started seeing a vascular surgen.

Daniel
Daniel

June 11, 2013

Marilyn: Is there a specific reason you needed to switch from closed to open toe? We have a Diabetic Compression sock: (http://www.legsmart.com/products/sigvaris-diabetic-knee-18-25) that is very comfortable to wear because all the seams are inside out, and it is made with an extremely soft plush cotton. This gives you a very smooth inside of a sock that won’t rub or irritate your skin, especially if you have sensitive feet.

Ashley: You’re not alone in your frustration, we feel for you! For whatever reason the compression stocking manufacturers just don’t make maternity pantyhose in open toe. My guess is that most women tend to get swelling in their feet or ankles during pregnancy, and with an open toe stocking sometimes the swelling can get pushed into the toes, ultimately causing much more discomfort. If you do not get very much swelling, I would recommend trying the thigh high because you would be able to get an open toe, no problem. In addition, the thigh high’s are separate legs without the belly portion so it would be much cooler to wear in the warmer weather.

Any additional questions, please feel free to drop us a line! We’re here to help. Phone: 888-577-9617 or email: support@legsmart.com

Ashley
Ashley

June 05, 2013

Why in the world is it so difficult to find an open toe maternity compression hose? It is summer and this should definitely be an option for pregnant women. Very frustrating.

Marilyn Davis
Marilyn Davis

March 02, 2013

I had to switch from closed toe compression stockings to open toe, now I need a sock so my feet don’t rub from shoes or boots. Any suggestions on the type of sock. I am diabetic.

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