Compression stockings are available in a range of compression levels, 15-20 mmHg, 20-30 mmHg, 30-40 mmHg and 40-50 mmHg. Higher levels of compression are used for more severe leg health issues. The “mmHg” stands for millimeters of mercury, which is a measure of pressure, just like in blood pressure.
Typically, 15-20 mmHg compression stockings for men and women are considered over the counter. These compression socks may be used to manage mild swelling or fatigued, tired legs. 15-20 mmHg compression socks and stockings are available in a wide variety of casual daily wear and sports styles. They can be sized using leg measurements or by shoe size for convenience.
Compression stockings that are 20-30 mmHg are the most commonly recommended level of compression for men and women because it’s considered a medical grade without being too strong. 20-30 mmHg compression stockings are great for managing swelling it he legs (edema), post surgery, prevention of severe leg health symptoms and even sports. Aside from just a medical usage, 20-30 mmHg compression sports socks are great for running, cycling, hiking and skiing. They’re also worn by athletes during recovery to bring more oxygen to tired muscles.
Medical grade class 2, 30-40 mmHg compression stockings are ideal of moderate to severe leg health issues and post surgery. They are also recommended by doctors to manage patients with blood clots and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The 30-40 mmHg level of compression is also commonly used after vein surgery such as sclerotherapy and laser ablation.
Compression stockings that are 40-50 mmHg are considered a very strong level of compression and are only recommended by a doctor for severe leg health issues. Please consult your healthcare professional before considering the 40-50 mmHg level of compression.
We know choosing the right level of compression can be confusing and we hope this short guide has provided some insight for you. If you have questions about which level of compression you should choose contact your doctor to discuss your symptoms. Also, the staff at LegSmart are trained in leg health and certified in fitting for compression stockings. We have experience helping customers with fit and which product to choose. Please feel free to contact the LegSmart Customer Care Team if you have more questions.