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Compression stockings are a specialized hosiery designed to help prevent the occurrence of, and guard against further progression of, venous disorders such as edema, phlebitis and thrombosis. Compression stockings are elastic garments worn around the leg, compressing the limb. This reduces the diameter of distended veins and increases venous blood flow velocity and valve effectiveness. Compression therapy helps decrease venous pressure, prevents venous stasis and impairments of venous walls, and relieves heavy and aching legs.


Knee-high compression stockings are used not only to help increase circulation, but also to help prevent the formation of blood clots in the lower legs. They also aid in the treatment of ulcers of the lower legs.

Unlike traditional dress or athletic stockings and socks, compression stockings use stronger elastics to create significant pressure on the legs, ankles and feet. Compression stockings are tightest at the ankles and gradually become less constrictive toward the knees and thighs. By compressing the surface veins, arteries and muscles, they force circulating blood through narrower channels. As a result, the arterial pressure is increased, which causes more blood to return to the heart and less blood to pool in the feet.


Hosiery Levels

At Step-Up Comfort, we carry a variety of styles, colors and brand to fit your compression hosiery needs. We will help you during each step of your purchase from taking your measurements to helping you file your claim with your extended benefits provider. The compression gradient level of compression hosiery we carry ranges from:

15-20 mmHg:

  • Tired, achy legs

  • Occupational or evening edema

  • Leg discomfort from long hours of standing or sitting

  • Prophylaxis of varicosities & swelling during pregnancy

  • Reduce swelling during travel

  • Prophylaxis of DVT during travel

20-30 mmHg:

  • Heavy, fatigued, aching legs

  • Mild edema in lower extremities

  • Mild varicosities with minimal edema

  • Mild varicosities during pregnancy

  • Minimal edema upper extremities

  • Post-procedure of small veins

  • Prevention or management of DVT

30-40 mmHg:

  • Moderate varicosities with mild to moderate edema (also during pregnancy)

  • Post-procedure of larger veins to maintain treatment success

  • CEAP C3 (edema), C4 (skin changes without ulcerations), C5 (skin changes with healed ulceration), C6 (skin changes with active ulcerations)

  • Prevention, management and treatment of DVT or Post-Thrombotic Syndrome

  • Superficial phlebitis

  • Mild lymphedema after decongestant therapy to maintain reduction

  • Orthostatic / postural hypotension

  • Post-fracture, post-traumatic edema

40-50 mmHg:

  • Severe varicosities

  • Severe edema

  • Lymphedema after decongestant therapy for reduction maintenance

  • Recurrent venous ulceration

  • Severe Post-fracture and post-traumatic edema

  • Severe Post-Thrombotic Syndrome

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