WHAT IS GRADIENT COMPRESSION?
What does compression hosiery do?
True gradient compression stockings improve blood flow. Therafirm stockings are designed to deliver a controlled amount of pressure which is greatest at the distal end (ankle) of the garment and gradually decreases towards the proximal end (top) of the stocking. This gradient pressure promotes better circulation to help control swelling and relieve tired and achy legs.
Who should wear gradient compression stockings?
People who have or are experiencing any of the following conditions can benefit from wearing gradient compression hosiery:
- Expectant mothers
- Tired, aching, fatigued legs
- Swollen feet, ankles, and legs
- Mild to moderate swelling
- Stand or sit for long periods
Why is gradient compression hosiery tighter than regular hosiery?
Gradient compression hosiery products are constructed differently than traditional hosiery. True gradient compression hosiery products feature a controlled amount of pressure that is greatest at the ankle and gradually decreases as it comes up the leg. This graduated compression helps promote better circulation, prevent swelling and energize tired achy legs.
Many people who have never worn gradient compression before feel that these garments are difficult to put on or tighter than traditional pantyhose or tights they have worn. It is this “snug” fit that is providing the graduated pressure. However, gradient compression hosiery should not be so tight that they are uncomfortable and/or are digging into your legs or waist. Normally, compression is only too tight when the wrong size is being worn. It is very important for people to measure following the guidelines for the gradient compression garment to ensure a proper fit and that they are receiving the benefits of graduated compression.
If pain, discomfort, or areas of binding occur, the stockings should be removed immediately. Always consult with your physician before wearing gradient compression garments.