TED hose, pressure socks, flight socks, compression stockings. All of these are essentially synonyms if not close cousins of the same product. There are many different manufacturers, all of whom make a sort of tight sock that is supposed to have a remedial effect on your leg. But what exactly do they do? How do they work? How do I know what fabric, compression level, and style I should wear? Which brand is the best?
There are many different brands to choose from, but not all of them are created equal. Essentially what I'm saying is there is no 'best' brand per se, but some brands are definitely more medically accurate in their compression than others. The team at LegSmart has sampled and tested out so many different compression stockings that over time we have refined it to the three premium brands that we carry now: Sigvaris, Mediven, and Juzo. These three manufacturers have excelled in making quality stockings that not only deliver the appropriate graduated compression, but also come in various fabric and color options that are both comfortable and fashionable. Here are some of our favorites for each brand:
Sigvaris has rolled out many different models for men and women that are great for every day wear. With a light 15-20mmHg compression, these knee high socks come in cotton, sheer, dress and even athletic styles for casual and formal wear. The newest addition to the line, the Merino wool socks are great outdoor socks that will keep your legs cool.
The Juzo Soft is as its name implies: soft. This comfortable stocking feels like a legging, and comes in a variety of colors. Additionally, Juzo has bright seasonal colors and patterns that you can order as well. Great for versatility with any outfit.
If you play sports or are active, you probably think you don't need compression, right? Wrong. The truth is, everyone who has legs can and should use compression for prevention. CEP is the sports line made by Mediven, and they have made a line of compression socks great for active lifestyles. They have created socks specifically made for a certain activity, be it hiking, biking, skiing, or running.
Compression socks vary widely in fabric, fit, durability, and overall quality. However, our team at LegSmart has done extensive research and learned a great deal about compression to the point where we are confident in making our recommendations with specific brands. Check out our store and see if there is a product that's right for you. Don't know where to start? Feel free to email at firstname.lastname@example.org and a certified fitter will gladly help you through the fitting process to find the sock that fits your needs.