Compression stockings come in a variety of support levels to address different needs.
The levels are expressed in millimeters of mercury (mmHG) and in numerical ranges.
The higher the number, the stronger the support level, this means it will be firmer and the compression is tighter. The higher level of compression is for people with more advanced venous or leg conditions. Those will need to seek advice from their doctors on which level of compression would best suit them.
The information below is for informational purposes only. Please seek your physician's recommendation.
8 – 15 mmHG
Mild support for tired, heavy achy legs.
Relieves tiredness and energizes leg fatigue. This level of support is commonly worn by healthy wearers as a preventative application.
15 – 20 mmHG
Moderate support for mild ankle and leg swelling, minor spider and varicose veins, tired and achy legs.
A great starting point for first time wearers and commonly suggested entry level for therapeutic applications. This level of support is commonly used during travelling to prevent DVT, aching and swollen legs, as well as during pregnancy, for spider veins and mild varicose veins.
20 – 30 mmHG
Firm support for moderate ankle and leg swelling, moderate spider and varicose veins and other conditions as recommended by a physician.
Physician recommendation is suggested for this level of support. Commonly used for moderate edema, lymphedema, DVT, post-surgery and during pregnancy.
30 – 40 mmHG
Medical / strong support for severe varicose veins, advanced venous deficiencies and other severe conditions.
This level of support is typically reserved for advanced conditions and not suggested for use without physician recommendation. Commonly used for severe edema, lymphedema, DVT, post surgery and severe varicose veins.