Different Classes of Compression Socks (Infographic)
Figuring out which type of compression stockings are right for you begins with a bit of research. Learn about the classes of compression socks in our article!
Compression socks can help relieve leg pain, soothe your tired feet and ankles, and help you live a more comfortable life. Today, the options are both stylish and effective, so you can look and feel your best.
As you start to research the different styles available, you might be surprised to find that there's a bigger variety than you thought! That's because there are different classes of compression socks, designed to provide varying levels of support.
Not sure where to start? That's why we're here! Today, we're breaking down each category so you can find the perfect pair.
Understanding the Classes of Compression Socks
Compression socks are designated based on the amount of pressure they provide. The pressure level is measured in millimeters of mercury, or mmHg. In general, the lower the mmHG rating, the lighter the compression will be.
Let's take a look at the most common levels of compression socks.
8 to 15 mmHg
Socks with an 8 to 15 mmHg rating have the lightest amount of compression. These will work best as comfortable, everyday socks. While the compression isn't strong, they are ideal for wearers who just need a little more support during the day.
These socks do a great job of keeping your blood flowing and alleviating discomfort in your feet, legs, and ankles. They also reduce swelling, making them ideal for anyone who has to stand on their feet for a long period of time!
For women, our Knee-High Compression Socks are a perfect choice. These offer 8 to 15 mmHg compression, and the breathable cotton blend keeps them comfortable all day long.
15 to 20 mmHg
Need a little more support? You can also find socks in the 15 to 20 mmHg compression range. These offer a little more pressure than 8 to 15 mmHg pairs.
Often, this degree of compression is found in athletic socks, such as our Sports Performance Compression Socks. Designed for both men and women to wear, these anti-microbial and anti-odor socks feature higher compression to increase your stamina, enhance your performance, and expedite your recovery.
20 to 30 mmHg
While most compression socks are between the 8 mmHg and 20 mmHg range, you can also find pairs that offer more compression. For instance, some might be labeled as 20 to 30 mmHg and you can also find ones that go as high as 30 to 40 mmHg.
As you shop, you might be tempted to immediately choose the highest compression class. After all, the more support the better, right?
The reality is that wearing socks that are too compressive could reduce blood flow to your legs. This can worsen your circulation issues, rather than help them.
The highest degree of compression is usually reserved for anti-embolism stockings and should only be worn by people who are unable to stand or walk due to surgery or other health conditions. A doctor will usually recommend these to aid in recovery and increase patient comfort.
Uniform vs. Graduated Compression
Uniform compression socks deliver the same amount of compression throughout. Graduated compression socks or stockings are usually tighter/more compressed at the ankle and get looser as they travel up your leg.
Our Graduated Compression Tights are a good example. In this pair, the compression rating is 18 mmHg at the ankle and only 5 mmHg at the thigh.
Shop Our Selection of Compression Socks
Not that we've shared the main classes of compression socks, are you ready to start shopping? We offer a wide variety of fashion compression socks in our shop, designed to fit any need.
From knee-high socks to no-show styles, we have it all. Feel free to take a look at all of our collections and contact us if you have any questions!
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