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Article: Understanding the Meaning of mmHg for Compression Socks

Understanding the Meaning of mmHg for Compression Socks

Did you know that there are different levels of compression socks? These graduated compression levels are rated by mmHg, which is a unit of pressure. The level of pressure is used to improve your quality of life by reducing problems in your feet and legs, like swelling, soreness, and pain.

If you have these types of issues, wearing compression socks can help to improve how your feet and legs feel at the end of the day. So you may be wondering, “what mmHg compression socks do I need?” 

The Meaning of mmHg

The medical definition of mmHg is “a unit of pressure equal to the pressure exerted by a column of mercury 1 millimeter high at 0 degrees celsius and under the acceleration of gravity and nearly equivalent to 1 torr.” That’s a lot of scientific mumbling, right? Let’s break it down a bit.

When used with copper infused compression socks, mmHg is just the level of pressure or compression the garments provide to the wearer. It’s a range between 8 and 50 mmHg.


Compression Sock mmHG Guide


The Levels of Compressions Socks

The higher the mmHg, the more pressure the socks will provide to you. The levels go from mild compression to more intense styles with a chart that works like this:

  • Mild or Everyday: 8-15 mmHg
  • Medium or Sport: 15-20 mmHg
  • Medical Class 1: 20-30 mmHg
  • Medical Class 2 (Firm): 30-40 mmHg
  • Medical Class 3 (Extra-Firm): 40-50 mmHg

Dr. Motion's Come in Two Different Compression Levels

At Dr. Motion, most of our socks are considered everyday wear at 8-15 mmHg. They are comfortable in different styles from ankle to knee high socks. All of the socks feature anti-microbial and anti-odor fabrics, a reinforced toe for superior durability and comfort and 360 degrees of support. Check out our compression socks mmHG guide to see which level would be best for your feet.

We also offer a sport sock that is a knee high compression style or a compression sleeve that is rated at 15-20 mmHg. These are a moderate support style sock. They also feature a moisture-wicking fabric to keep your feet dry and cool while you are working out or running. The goal with “athleisure” socks or 15-20 mmHg compression socks is to improve your blood circulation by increasing oxygen flow so that your stamina is increased, and you recover faster with less discomfort or soreness.

So whether you are looking for mild compression or sport style compression, we have you covered at Dr. Motion. We offer compression socks for men and women that suit all needs. They are best for everyday use in your daily life when you stand or sit for long periods at work.

Mild Compression is a Great Way to Go

Most of the firm compression socks are made for people that just got out of surgery and need anti-embolism stockings. They have a very high mmHg.

If you just want to improve your blood flow, making your feet and legs more comfortable with less soreness at the end of a long day, then you’ll want to check out all of the mild compression socks in ankle, quarter, and knee high selections. With all of the cute patterns and styles we offer, no one will even know you are wearing compression socks. They just look like regular socks because they will fit into your existing wardrobe with ease.


  • MmHg is a unit of pressure used for compression socks. 
  • The levels of mmHg from mild to extra-firm.
  • Dr. Motion offers 8-15 mmHg compression socks.

Find Out The Best Compression Sock Size Today!

If you have questions about how beneficial mild or everyday compression socks can be from Dr. Motion, send us a message. We are excited to introduce you to all of the fun compression styles we have. You’ll want to pick up different pairs to wear all week long.


Disclaimer: This article provides information solely for educational purposes, including but not limited to text, graphics, images, and other materials contained herein. This article is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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