How to Determine the Best Brand of Compression Stockings

Compare brands before choosing your compression stockings.
Compare brands before choosing your compression stockings. (Image: Woman working on laptop at home on the couch. image by Andy Dean from

Compression stockings are similar to support hose. They may also be called Ted hose. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, compression stockings are commonly used in hospitals after surgery for patients to prevent blood clots, swelling, and keep blood from pooling in the legs. Compression stockings are also prescribed for patients with varicose veins and other conditions. These stockings create mild pressure on the leg which decreases swelling. You will find three types of compression stockings: support hose, over-the-counter compression stockings, and prescription compression stockings.

Follow your physician's diagnosis and instructions when choosing your compression stockings. Measure your calf and ankle before you shop. Certain brands of compression stockings are customized to fit each patient. Your condition may be mild enough to allow you to choose over-the-counter support hose or Ted hose.

Find a reputable medical supply store that specializes in compression stockings. You may need to order your compression stockings online or through a local medical supply store that carries Jobst, Mediven, Juzo, Sigvaris and other well-known brands.

Compare brands by referencing your diagnosis and prescription. Premium brands cost more than value brands. Check the amount of pressure as well as the size carefully when you order. Do not deviate from the instructions given you by your physician.

Choose the brand that offers the comfort, style and value you want and that complies with your doctor's prescription.

Tips & Warnings

  • Brand may not be as important as fit.
  • Make sure your compression stockings fit correctly.
  • Get good instructions for putting on your compression stockings.
  • Compression stockings are designed to be worn all day. Do not take them off while you are on your feet and replace them later.

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