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Choosing the Right Compression Socks for Swollen Feet

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Swollen feet and ankles can be challenging to manage, but Solidea’s compression socks and stockings offer a solution. Compression socks apply pressure to the legs and feet, promoting blood flow and reducing swelling. However, finding the right compression socks for your needs can be tricky. Here are some points to consider when choosing the right compression socks for your swollen feet.

Consult with a healthcare professional.

Your doctor or specialist can help you determine the appropriate level of compression, size, and style of compression socks that work best for you.

Know the level of compression you need

Solidea compression socks come in different compression levels, ranging from mild to extra-firm. Mild compression socks are ideal for individuals with mild to moderate swelling, while those with severe swelling may require extra-firm compression.

Compression stockings are typically measured in millimetres of mercury (mmHg), and the compression level is highest at the ankle. Compression can be either even or graduated. Even compression provides the same level of compression throughout the stocking, while graduated compression offers the highest level of compression at the ankle and gradually decreases up the leg. Graduated compression stockings are generally recommended for individuals with swelling or circulatory issues as they help to promote healthy blood flow and reduce swelling more effectively.

There are different classes of compression, and your healthcare professional will guide you in choosing the most suitable level for you based on your medical needs. 

Class A offers 10/14mmHg compression

Class 1 Light offers 15/17mmHg compression

Class 1 Strong offers 18/21mmHg compression

Class 2 offers 23/32mmHg compression

Class 3 offers 34/46mmHg compression 

Class 4 offers >49mmHg compression

It is crucial to understand that compression stockings of Class 2 and above are only available through a prescription from a healthcare professional and cannot be purchased over the counter. Your doctor will determine the appropriate level of compression you require and refer you to an Orthotist, who will take measurements and fit the stockings for you. It is important to note that the higher classes of compression require medical supervision and should only be used with proper guidance from a healthcare professional.

Consider the material

Some compression stockings are made from stiff and uncomfortable materials, which can make them difficult to put on or uncomfortable to wear. Therefore, it is recommended to choose compression stockings made from soft and comfortable materials. In addition, it is important to consider the longevity of the material and choose stockings that offer good wearability and can be worn for extended periods of time. This will ensure that you can comfortably wear your compression stockings for as long as needed to manage your swelling or other medical condition.

Solidea compression socks are made with breathable materials like polyamide or bamboo, These materials are also soft and durable, ensuring the compression socks are comfortable and easy to wear. 

Choose the right size

Choosing the correct size of compression socks is crucial to ensure their effectiveness. Solidea provides a user-friendly guide to help you select the appropriate size based on your height and weight. If you are under the guidance of a healthcare professional, they will measure you and determine the correct size for you.

Consider the style

Solidea compression socks come in various styles, including calf- high, knee-high, thigh-high, and pantyhose. There are also open toe and closed toe options available in certain ranges. Knee-high socks are the most common style and are suitable for most individuals with swelling in the feet and ankles. Thigh-high and pantyhose styles are recommended for individuals with swelling that extends higher up the leg.Choosing the right compression socks or stockings can make a significant difference in your leg health and overall well-being. High-quality compression products like Solidea can provide the necessary pressure to promote blood flow, reduce swelling, and manage various conditions such as varicose veins, oedema, and lymphedema. Investing in a quality product can help you effectively manage swollen legs and improve your quality of life.