Compression Stockings: What Does a Compression Stocking Do?

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It increases blood flow to restore “fresh legs”!

Compression stockings have a high degree of compression and are special socks that can be worn from the foot to the knee or thigh. In some cases, they come in the form of tights that reach to the waist. Compression stockings are also available as “sleeves,” footless socks that extend from the ankle to the knee. These special stockings have a compression curve (tighter in the foot and gradually less towards the knees or thighs.) When worn correctly, they reduce swelling of the feet and improve venous circulation in the legs.

Compression stockings or socks are a conservative method of treating conditions such as chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), varicose veins, lymphedema and post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS). Compression stockings can also help prevent blood clots in the legs. It is important to know that compression stockings do not eliminate varicose veins. They only help control the discomfort that this artery disease can cause.

Highly elastic fabric

Compression stockings use a special fabric of strong elastic to put pressure on the muscles in the legs, ankles and feet. This compression on surface veins forces blood out of the veins in the legs and back to the heart. This helps your legs feel lighter and reduces pain and discomfort related to underlying vein disease.


Compression clothing is called “graduated” because it is designed to put more pressure on the ankle and foot and gradually reduce the pressure placed on the leg. This promotes the natural return of blood to the heart.

Many varicose vein patients wear support socks after procedures on their legs. They help minimize bruising and clot formation in the treated veins. It is wise to wear compression stockings for about 10-14 days after the procedure.

Degree of compression

The degree of compression is not the same for all compression stockings. One brand is considerably tighter than the other brand. For example, the brands Stox and Herzog are very tight 23-32 mmHg (degressive compression).

In contrast, the Newzill brand is still tight yet less 20-30 mmHg (dosed compression). It just depends on what you like.

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Advantages of compression stockings:

Ideal for all calf/shin/feet and Achilles tendon problems:

  • Restores, prevents and reduces muscle cramps and tears
  • Restores, prevents and reduces shin splints inflammation
  • For optimal blood circulation in the legs and calves, which guarantees a faster recovery after strenuous exercise
  • Improving blood circulation during exercise
  • Prevents the heavy and tired feeling in the legs
  • Optimal support and support in training building
  • Ideal for people with varicose veins or edema formation
  • Repairs, prevents and reduces Achilles tendon disorders
  • Repairs, prevents and reduces bruises (contact sports)
  • Ideal for times of overload (also very suitable for preventive use)
  • Ideal for swelling (excessive fluid) and also ideal for loge syndromes

Are compression stockings only suitable for runners?

In addition to running, compression stockings are also extremely suitable if you have a profession where you are on your feet a lot. For example, if you are a nurse, hairdresser, or if you work in a restaurant, your legs and feet could use extra support.


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