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      Support & Compression Stockings: 

      Support and Compression Stockings are suitable for both men and women and are generally safe to wear, with relatively few complications.

      Some people like the elegant look of stockings but need more support for your tired, achy or swollen feet or legs. Men benefit as well, and can wear socks over their hosiery if desired.

      Stockings tend to have higher percentages of synthetic materials such as nylon, spandex, microfibre and polyester.  They are not as thick as socks.

      Synthetic Fibres: Are known for the following qualities:

      • moisture-wicking
      • durable
      • quick to dry
      • light weight

      Nylon (used in combination with cotton, polyester and spandex), 

      Spandex also known as Lycra/Elastane (known for its exceptional elasticity and ability to return to the original shape after stretching and is faster drying) fabrics.

      Microfibre (made of Polyester and Polyamide) is know to be soft on the skin like cotton and Merino wool.

      Polyester is moisture wicking, breathable, durable, lightweight, strong and quick to dry

      Many people report that as a result of wearing compression stockings, their legs feel refreshed and energized.

      Compression stockings are manufactured under strict medical and technical specifications, including consistency and durability, to provide a specific level of ankle pressure and graduation of compression.  The fabric is made with resistance and the ability to withstand stretching. The elasticity in them allows them to yield to some stretching so that they can be put on more easily.

      Each product page includes details of the materials used in their construction. 

      It is very important to follow the advice of your medical practitioner once your condition has been assessed, before wearing  moderate (20-30 mmHg) or firm (30-40 mmHg) compression hosiery to make sure that they are safe for you to wear and so that you choose the right compression level. 

      Most of the compression begins at the ankle and then gradually reduces as the stocking ascends the leg. The amount of compression is graded and decreases as the stockings travel up the legs.

      With a knee high, by the time the stocking reaches below the knee, you will receive around 70% of maximum compression when compared to the ankle area. With thigh-highs, by mid-thigh you receive around 40% compression.  

      This means that even if you purchase knee-high stockings, you will still receive a considerable amount of compression and even knee-highs have been shown to reduce the recurrence of venous leg ulcer. In order to prevent ulcer recurrence, it is imperative that patients wear stockings indefinitely, whether they are treated surgically or conservatively.

      Products come in different strengths or grades and are measured in units of mm Hg (millimeters of mercury). The higher the number, the greater the degree of compression.

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