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Compression Stocking Things to Know

We offer a wide selection of Ready to Wear compression stockings including,

Jobst, Sigvaris, and Theraform

Compression stockings, compression socks, support stockings, support hosiery —

What l s the Difference?

There are many different terms for compression stockings, but for the most part, they all mean the same thing: Compression Stockings.

Graduated compression: Also referred to as gradient compression, this term describes the changing level of compression provided to the leg by one set of compression socks or stockings. By design, compression garments provide higher levels of compression at the ankle of the garment and less compression as you move up the leg to encourage blood flow from the bottom of the body back up toward the heart.

mmHg: This stands for millimeters of mercury (Hg) and designates the amount of pressure exerted on the body by a pair of compression stockings.

Who can benefit from wearing compression stockings?

Anyone's legs can feel better while wearing gradient compression stockings, especially if you spend a lot of time sitting, standing or in a sedentary position. Gradient compression stockings are most beneficial for the following leg complaints:

Tired, aching, heavy feeling legs Leg swelling

Varicose veins

Venous insufficiency

Post-thrombotic syndrome

Healed venous ulcers

Active venous ulcers


We recommend that you consult with your doctor before wearing compression stockings 20 mmHg and above. If you have arterial circulation problems, please consult with your physician before wearing any level of compression.

Is there a reason why I should not wear compression stockings?

Contraindications (medical conditions in which compression is not recommended):

Ischemia (advanced arterial disease) of the legs

Uncontrolled congestive heart failure o Untreated septic phlebitis of the leg

Compression stockings should be worn with caution with:

Skin infections

Weeping dermatosis

Allergic to garment fabric

Impaired sensitivity of the limb

Immobility (confinement to bed)

Please consult with your doctor before wearing compression 20 mmHg or higher.

Do I need a prescription?

Ready to wear and standard off the shelf compression garments do not require a prescription.

However, some insurance plans require a doctor's prescription. Check with your insurance plan to see if they cover compression stockings and their documentation requirements.

Will my insurance or Medicare cover compression stockings?

Compression stockings are a non-covered service under Medicare Part B as well as Medicare supplement plans. Medicare will not pay for these items even with a prescription from your doctor. Some insurance plans will cover the cost of compression hosiery if the stockings are prescribed by a physician and the compression is greater than 20 mmHg. Please contact your insurance carrier to determine if stockings are a covered benefit.

What is the best time of day to measure for compression stockings?

It is best to measure earlier in the day before swelling builds in the legs. Measurements taken later in the day after swelling is present may result in choosing a stocking size that is too large. Many clinics that are unable to see patients earlier in the day will elevate, bandage, or pumps the legs for a period of time before measuring in order to reduce any swelling that is present.