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What are the different kinds of compression stockings?

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Socks and sleeves come in different lengths to cover different parts of your body. For deep vein thrombosis (DVT), most stockings go to just below the knee, but you can get thigh-highs and tights, too.

They also have different levels of pressure, measured in mm/Hg. Stockings should feel snug, but not painfully tight. Mild compression, with lower numbers, is usually enough to keep you comfortable on your feet at work. You'll need higher numbers with a firmer fit to prevent DVT.

Thrombo-embolic deterrent (TED) hose, or anti-embolism stockings, are designed for after surgery and when you need to stay in bed. If you can stand and move around, graduated compression stockings work better.

If you need the stockings for medical reasons, your doctor will measure your legs and prescribe the right ones for you.

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Prevention."

CDC: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)/Pulmonary Embolism (PE) - Blood Clot Forming in a Vein."

Johns Hopkins University: "Varicose Vein Treatment."

NIH , spring 2011. MedlinePlus

Examiner: "Do compression socks work? New study suggests not for running."

Laymon, A. Indiana University, 2010.

Competitor: "How Compression Apparel Works," "Do Compression Socks Really Work?"

Absolute Medical: "Buyers Guide for Compression Stockings."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 8, 2019

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Prevention."

CDC: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)/Pulmonary Embolism (PE) - Blood Clot Forming in a Vein."

Johns Hopkins University: "Varicose Vein Treatment."

NIH , spring 2011. MedlinePlus

Examiner: "Do compression socks work? New study suggests not for running."

Laymon, A. Indiana University, 2010.

Competitor: "How Compression Apparel Works," "Do Compression Socks Really Work?"

Absolute Medical: "Buyers Guide for Compression Stockings."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 8, 2019

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