5 Levels of Compression – Finds Out Which One Fits You

5 Levels of Compression – Finds Out Which One Fits You

5 Levels of Compression – Finds Out Which One Fits You

Rory Donnelly


June 29 2019

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Compression socks can work best to remedy the symptoms of fatigue, swelling and muscle soreness in feet and legs. When you’re going to buy compression socks, there’s a graduated difference in the compression level according to your ailment. The thumb rule is that the more severe the symptoms, the higher the compression.

Here are the levels of compression:

Medical Level Millimeters of Mercury (mmHg)/ Level of Support Levels of Compression
Medical Grade 1 8 to 15 mmHg mild compression
Medical Grade 2 30 to 40 mmHg extra-firm compression
Medical Grade 3 40 to 50 mmHg prescription-level compression

Mild Compression (8 to 15 mmHg)

If you have tired achy legs, then compression socks with a mild compression level are perfect for you. These socks can be used by people who have to stand or sit for long periods. At this compression level, pressure socks can help with regulating blood circulation. Compression socks of this medical grade can also be worn as a preventive measure.

Moderate Compression (15 to 20 mmHg)

People with symptoms like oedema (mild swelling, enlarged lower legs) and decreased skin elasticity can wear socks with a moderate compression level. These socks can also help prevent the appearance of spider veins and varicose veins during pregnancy. Varicose veins are veins under the skin of the legs, which become widened the twisted. People who travel frequently can help get relief from their aching legs with the help of compression socks of this medical grade.

Firm Compression (20 to 30 mmHg)

Patients suffering from deep vein thrombosis, a more severe case of varicose veins, elevated venous insufficiency can use these socks as a remedy to their pain. Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that develops within a deep vein in the body, usually in the leg. Elevated venous insufficiency is a condition that occurs when the wall of a vein, or valves in the leg veins are not working effectively, making it difficult for blood to return to the heart from the legs. Pressure socks of this compression level are designed for endurance sports like skiing, running, hiking and great for post-workout recovery.

Extra-Firm Compression (30 to 40 mmHg)

Extra-firm compression is best for chronic pain that can accompany severe oedema and extreme cases of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Pressure socks of this compression level are only used under medical supervision.

Prescription-Level Compression (40 to 50 mmHg)

Compression socks of this level of compression are prescribed for patients with an extreme case of varicose veins and Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

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