Support Stockings Vs Anti-Embolism Stockings

If you’re new to the compression garment scene, chances are, you’re being bombarded with terminology which is leaving you scratching your head. At though, we’re  here to put you in-the-know, so you can make the most informed decision about what garments are right for you. One of the most common confusions in this area seems to be between support stockings and anti-Embolism Stockings. On our website, you’ll find a vast variety of both types, but it’s important to note they’re not the same thing. One of the easiest ways to distinguish the two stockings is that one is for people who are mobile, and is designed for those who usually have to stay in bed.

Support Stockings

Support stockings (sometimes called “compression stockings”) come is a plethora of brands, colors, textures, and compression levels. Whether you’re dealing with mildly aching legs, or more severe varicose veins, there’s no doubt, a pair of support stockings to suit your needs. Typically these stockings offer “graduated compression,” though not all support stockings provide true graduated compression. True graduated compression offers a greater compression levels at the lower end of the stocking, and as the name suggests, compression gradually decreases toward the top. This type of compression set up is the best in providing balanced circulation throughout the legs and feet, as it works against gravity to return fluids up the leg. As you’ve probably already gathered, support stockings are designed to be worn while walking, running, and generally being active. However, travel socks also fit into this category. Usually crafted with a lower compression level, these socks are meant to be worn will sitting for long periods of time – like on a plane or in a car.

Anti-Embolism Stockings

These more powerful stockings (sometimes called “medical stockings”), are engineered to be worn while immobile –  doctors ask patients to wear these stockings after a surgical procedure – while they’re still confined to their bed. Embolism then, is a blood clot or air bubble that can occur in the bloodstream and cause blockage. The stockings are worn both to protect against the possibility of clotting due to surgery, as well as clotting simply from lying in bed for long periods of time. If you’re being released from the hospital, and your doctor orders that you wear a pair of anti-embolism stockings in bed at home, ask him or her about Futuro Anti- Embolism Thigh Highs, as they come highly recommended by many physicians.

So, there you have it. We hope this distinction has become a bit more clear to you now. As you continue to browse, you’ll likely have further questions about compression garments and other medical wear. In which case, feel free to write us, and we’ll be more than happy to answer your question on this blog (anonymously, of course)!


Private: A Review of!

First time writing an online review. To be honest, I’m new to the Internet. That might sound strange, but I’m 54, and I’ve really only been “online” maybe 8 times in my life. One of the first times, was to purchase compression stockings. I’m positive that I’m behind the times when I say this, but it’s just so amazing to me that we can purchase the exact product we want using our computers, and that very product will be delivered to our doorsteps, only a few days later. I can’t tell you how interesting this is to me, especially considering that compression stockings are a big part of my physical well-being.

For the longest time, my son would order my compression stockings for me online, and I really didn’t think much of it. Since I didn’t truly know what “online” meant, I wasn’t given the opportunity to be amazed by it. One day though, he said, “It’s time for you to learn now, Mom – it’s never too late.” At first, I was very reluctant. Intimidated by technology, I put off learning how to use a computer when they first came out, let alone how to do all the advanced things that go along with being online – activities that younger people engage in, that they totally take for granted.

Thigh Highs

After months of annoying me, I finally agreed to have my son show me how to use the Internet to purchase my stockings. And, like I said earlier, it was a really amazing experience. First, he showed me how to type in the name of the website at the top of the page. What I saw was a very extensive catalog. Initially, I didn’t see how I’d be able to find my stockings, among the overwhelming amount of information, but soon my son was showing me how to navigate through the different pages, and how I could type the name of my stockings in the “search field.” After my son showed me a few more things, I finally clicked on the “check out” box, and he told me that the stockings would be at my house within a few days.

I couldn’t conceive of how, without talking to a real person, I could make a purchase like that. But, sure enough, within a few days, my Sigvaris Select Comfort Compression Stockings, arrived at my house, just as I had requested.

That same day, I managed to get online, go to, and browse through hundreds of different pairs. I was proud of myself for being able to do it all alone, and I was also excited by the prospect of maybe trying a few different pairs such as Sigvaris EverSheer or Select Comfort varieties – I really never knew there were this many available. They also have men’s styles which I could get for my husband. I heard that these are really good for flying as they can prevent blood clots. I’m also very glad to say that my Internet use, hasn’t stopped at buying stockings.

What’s Appropriate Compression Wear For Pregnant Women? Doctors Weigh In

Often times, different doctors will offer vastly differing opinions on a given medical topic. This of course why it’s so vital for you to have ALL of the necessary information before making an informed decision about your health. This is particularly true when it comes to wearing compression stockings and hosiery – especially during pregnancy. After all, you’re not just looking out for your well-being, you also want to ensure the health of your baby, of course. So, what is the best kind of maternity compression hosiery, anyway? Could thigh high or compression pantyhose actually cut off circulation, and be bad for you during pregnancy? Let’s let the experts give their 2 cents.

Some doctor’s actually do believe that higher-fit compression wear, like thigh-highs and pantyhose could be constricting to the body while pregnant, and may even cut off circulation, in the event that you become unusually bloated. “I recommend a knee high pair of 20 -30 mm Hg compression stockings to pregnant women,” says Joseph Thomas Jenkins, MD. Another skilled physician, Richard Sadler, MD, FACS seems to agree with this sentiment saying, “knee length stockings should provide adequate compression in this setting,” adding, “please check your physician regarding use during pregnancy.”

Doctors like Stephen F. Daugherty, MD, FACS, RVT, RPhS, don’t seem to think that knee-highs are particularly useful in later pregnancy, though. Similarly, he think that, if properly fitted, thigh-highs and maternity pantyhose will not cut off circulation. On top of that, he disagrees with Dr. Jenkins’ recommendation of 20-30, upping the ante to 30-40 mm Hg.

” Most women who are pregnant,” he says, “should wear 30-40 mm Hg compression hose on a routine daily basis. While calf length hose may be fine, particularly early during pregnancy, maternity support pantyhose or thigh length hose are much better later during the pregnancy.  A high quality brand of hose which is properly fitted and properly worn will be of great benefit during pregnancy.”

Dr. Mario T. Plaza-Ponte agrees with Dr. Daugherty, about maternity pantyhose being the most effective but stresses that they ought to be 40 mm Hg, saying, “The best compression stockings for pregnant mothers are maternity style, providing 40 mmHg compression.”

While many doctors seem to agree that pantyhose are the best garment to wear during pregnancy, some within this realm see a lower compression level as actually being more beneficial.

Gregg a Reger, MD says: “Maternity compression hose are waist high with an abdominal section that is loose and comfortable. Compression hose on the legs INCREASES venous blood flow to the heart, reduces fluid retention and edema in the legs, helps maintain adequate blood pressure in patients prone to low pressure (common in early pregnancies), does not contribute to elevated blood pressure, and helps to reduce and prevent the development of varicose veins during each pregnancy. Thigh high hose are not comfortable and not recommended during pregnancy. For most patients a 15-20mm/Hg compression is adequate. If you have already developed varicose veins then higher compression 20-30mm/Hg would be better but are certainly more difficult to get on so alternatively you may wear 2 pairs of lighter 15-20mm/Hg on top of each other.”

On the recommendation of Dr. Reger, why not try a pair of Jobst Ultrasheer Maternity Pantyhose 15-20 Moderate Support, today?!

All quotes courtesy of Dr. Q and A.


Sitting Job Cramps My Legs And Feet

I’m not going to lie and say that support stockings are super cost effective, in general. Most of the time, when you’re looking for quality, you’re going to have to pay for it. Nevertheless, that’s not always true. With enough research, and / or some helpful advice from someone who has been in your shoes, you can actually come away with a really great deal – supporting your legs as well as your pocket book. I say this, not at all as an expert, but merely as a guy who recently purchased a few pairs.

My name’s Jeff. I’m relatively young, I’m in fairly good shape, and I work an office job. That means, unfortunately, most of my waking life consists of being pretty immobile. Sure, my fingers get a great workout on the keyboard in front of me, but the rest of my body seems pretty jealous of their active lifestyle. Because I’m really only able to get up and walk around a few times a day, it’s not uncommon for my legs and feet to start cramping. At first, I didn’t connect my being stationary for long periods of time with my aching lower-half, but while playing with my kids out in the backyard one weekend, I realized that my legs felt fine. When I went back to work on Monday, and finished out the day though, it was then that I finally noticed what the problem was: “Sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day, isn’t healthy for my body!”

Finally settling in to this kind of obvious observation, I didn’t think there was much I could do about it. “I can’t just up and quit my job to go work construction. I’ve got pretty stable employment here,” I thought. “And, although I don’t make a whole lot of money, I’ve got kids to feed and bills to pay.” All I needed was a simple remedy to my leg cramping. I jumped online, and within minutes delved into the world of support stockings. I was immediately overwhelmed with choices – different brands, colors, compression levels, and perhaps most significantly, prices. Slowly, I began narrowing things down.

“As far as brands go, I want something reliable,” I thought to myself. I found Jobst to be the number one physician recommended brand. So, I went with that.

“I also want something unassuming.” Black.

“I just need some extra support, it’s not like I have a serious venous issue or anything.” I read that 15-20 compression is good for aching legs, so that level sounded appropriate for me.

What I should have mentioned earlier, is that I searched the web a handful of times for the right support stockings to meet my needs, but whenever it came to price, I was taken aback by how expensive they were. Finally, I came across the perfect line for me – Jobst Relief Economy Line. As far as I’m aware, they offer all the advanced technology associated with Jobst, of course, but they’re surprisingly affordable – ideal for a guy who has many other things to worry about than his cramping legs. Seeing as how I just wrote an entire blog post about them though, perhaps the issue was bugging me more than I originally thought. All in all, I’m glad it’s taken care of now, because I’ve got lots of work to do.

Ahh, right. Back to work…


Are You Wearing Your Circulation Stockings Correctly?

womens-compression-stockingsFor many things in life, there might be several different ways to achieve your desired outcome. When it comes to getting the most out of your compression stockings though, there’s really only one way to go about it: wear them correctly.

According to a 2008 study published in the American Journal of Nursing, compression stockings were used incorrectly in 29 percent of patients, and 26 percent of patients were wearing the wrong size. If nurses can’t even get this right in a professional setting, how is it expected that you do it at home? After all, circulation-promoting stockings aren’t just for patients in the hospital – they’re also for perfectly healthy people that want to maintain the vitality of their legs and feet. Even for a healthy person like you, wearing these stockings wrong, likely means your money down the drain.

The Study

Researchers at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas studied 142 post-operative patients. The sample included 119 women, and 23 men (the mean age of which was 57). Most of the patients had gynecology-related surgery; while 41 percent of them were recovering from knee, hip, ankle, or foot surgery. The remaining 6 percent had had abdominal, back, shoulder, or plastic surgery.

A few other eligibility requirements aside, most relevantly, the patients must have been given physician’s orders for graduated compression stockings, have the stockings in place at the time of the study, and be in stable condition.

Out of the 142 patients, 37 percent were donned with thigh-length stockings, and 105 with knee-length.

The researchers assessed patients’ skin, measured their legs, and figured out whether there were any problems with the use of the stockings. Subsequently, they compared the leg measurements to the manufacturer’s sizing chart, to discover if the correct-size stockings had been applied. Additionally, researchers asked patients to rate their comfort of the stockings and to describe what they’re used for.

The Findings

The study seems to show that there are problems with use and size of thigh-length stockings, and these issues seem to be more common in overweight patients. More patients who had thigh-length stockings found them more comfortable than those with knee-highs, and 20 percent of patients did not know exactly why they were wearing them in the first place – thus, patients not wearing them correctly.

“Problems with the use and sizing of graduated compression stockings are common throughout the country and this study is one of the first to systematically analyze the problems and recommend ways to improve practice,” said Elizabeth H. Winslow, PhD, RN, FAAN, Research Consultant on the study.

Difference Between Support Stockings and Graduated Compression Stockings

It’s important to note that support stockings and graduated compression stockings, although often used interchangably, aren’t technically synonymous terms. The former is typically used by healthy patients; while the latter, for those recovering from surgery or for those who have venous issues.

According to an article in Science Daily, “(graduated compression stockings) they were developed based on research showing the optimal amount of graded compression for promoting blood flow and reducing the risk of thrombosis. When fitted and used properly, they increase blood flow velocity, reduce the risk of venous wall dilation and intimal tear, improve venous valve function and may reduce coagulability, all of which lead to reduced risk of venous thrombosis, a blood clot that forms in the vein.”

So How Should One Wear These Stockings, Exactly?

Whether you’re dealing with true graduated compression medical stockings, or some lower level support stockings simply to maintain your health, the key to their effectiveness will always be to wear them correctly. If you’re in the hospital, post-operation, and are asked to wear compression stockings, double-check with the nurse to ensure that they have the right size for you. Likewise, ask the right way to put them on, and how long exactly you’re supposed to wear them.

When it comes to support hosiery that you might be purchasing online – like for instance, Jobst Men’s Moderate Support Closed Toe Thigh Highs, be sure to closely read the instructions on the measuring guide, and don’t be hesitate to ask your doctor, if you’ve indeed chosen the right compression level.

Attractive Legs In Older Age

sigvaris_allure_pantyhose_closed_toe_women_lifestyleSo, I’m 65, divorced, and I recently started dating again. Obviously, when you’re my age, dating is a whole different ball-game than when you’re 25. To a large extent though, you still have to look just as enticing to your date. Yes, even though both you and your date are quite over the hill, you still have to have glimmers of a youthful appearance, in order for him to be attracted to you. I’m not being submissive, or old-fashioned when I say this either. The truth of the matters is that, whether I like it about myself or not, I’m somewhat subconsciously (somewhat consciously) looking for the same thing in him – glimpses of youthfulness.

Aging Hurts

The only problem is, it seems impossible to beat the ol’ biological clock. Every time I look in the mirror I seem to see a new wrinkle on face, and as healthy as I am, I’m often taken aback by a a new ache or pain that has made a temporary / permanent home inside my muscle tissue.  Suffice it to say that, it’s tough to find solutions that improve my appearance, while at the same time, improve my physical comfort level.

Uncomfortable Encounters

While out on a date one night, at a very nice contemporary pan asian bistro, my date and I began talking about things you’re really not supposed to talk about on a first date – the details of age and appearance. Only one year younger than I, I found that he too felt a bit self-concious about his own aging process. After a few glasses of wine, we started playfully pointing out little signs of one another’s age. I didn’t think it would hit me so hard, but one of the things he said that really stuck with me was, “and, I guess for women your age, varicose veins are pretty much unavoidable, huh? Though very offended, I finished out the night with him, and as you might imagine, that was our one and only outing together.

A Realization

With the comment constantly on my mind all that following week, I started to notice that, yes, maybe I do have varicose veins, and perhaps my legs have been aching a bit more than usual lately. Coming to this realization, I got online, browsed a vast assortment of compression stockings, and decided to order a pair of Jobst Ultrasheer Thigh High 15-20. You know what? They definitely help with my aching legs, but they also treat and cover up my varicose veins, resulting in a pretty attractive leg appearance, if I do say so myself.

A Happy Ending

On my following date, as you might imagine, I wore my new compression stockings,  and I felt as confident as ever. In addition to that, my friendly date and I avoided awkward conversation about personal aesthetics, and talked about more important things like values and upbringing.

It’s now 7 months later, and I find myself happy, with the very same man. Yes, he’s seen my bare legs, and hasn’t said a thing about my veins. One of the reasons for this is probably because they’ve reduced since wearing the stockings, but I’d also like to think that it’s more so because he’s a polite guy.

Your Child’s Complaining: Scratch The Itch


Most kids are picky. I probably don’t need to tell you that. Whether it’s the food they eat or the clothes they wear, children generally need to have things just so. When it comes to their apparel, kids aren’t choosy for the same reasons most teens and adults are, though. While many of us older folks seem to be concerned with our appearance, kids want to wear items that are merely comfortable.

This might seem like they’re not asking for a whole lot, but if your child is anything like my boy, Tyler, it’s often difficult to find clothing that doesn’t itch, rub, or distract him or her. For my child, tags, seams, and certain materials don’t go unnoticed – he’s certainly a good detector of these things, and he won’t hesitate to complain as soon as he encounters them, in the dressing room.

For the longest time, comfortable socks were hard for us to come by. Knowing that Tyler didn’t like wearing socks, in the past, we’d let him walk around the house barefoot. Whenever it was required that he’d have to put his shoes on though – to go out in public for instance, he’d have to put on socks, and the “but why’s?” would promptly start. “These socks are too itchy,” they’re too hot,” “they hurt,” etc, etc, etc. Can any of you out there relate? Perhaps you’re not complaining about your socks all that much, but I’ll bet that many of you reading this probably have kids that do.

At my wit’s end with my son’s lamenting, I scoured the internet for a solution to his foot discomfort. Honestly, although incredibly pleased with what I found, I actually wasn’t all that surprised. After all, you can find anything on the web these days. What I came across was SmartKnit Kids Seamless Sensitivity Socks. Who would have thought they’d make seamless socks just for kids? Not me. These are the only socks that Tyler wears now, and I was super relieved when he didn’t complain at all, upon putting them on. Another great thing about the socks is that they have an anti-microbial feature, so I don’t have to worry about moisture build-up and fungal problems. With these socks, I know his feet are comfortable, and taken care of – which standard, run-of-the-mill socks just can’t offer my little boy. On top of all that, they come in a variety of colors – which add to his wardrobe. I was getting tired of seeing him in plain white socks – they show dirt a lot more readily, anyway.

Other people who have posted on this blog mentioned scientific studies to back up their claims. While I couldn’t find any scientific studies to prove to you that the seamless socks are great for my son, what I can say is that his not whining every couple hours from bothered feet, is probably the most effective evidence I can present. And, for most parents, that’ll totally be enough.

Maternity Hose: Personal Opinions & Google Searches


I don’t like being pregnant. I take that back, I love being pregnant, but I don’t like many side effects that come along with having another person growing inside of me. Seeing my baby on the ultrasound for the first time was absolutely breath-taking, and having him kick for the first time was like nothing I’d ever experienced, but unfortunately, that’s not all there is to being pregnant.

Beyond the backaches, my strange sleeping patterns, and unorthodox food cravings (which I often regret later), lately, my legs and feet have been swelling so much – it’s really quite painful. The pain has been so apparent that it’s gotten to the point where it has occupied a lot of my thinking. Whenever I sit down for too long, whenever I’m on my feet for too long, or whenever I’m walking for even a relatively brief amount of time – there it is – the swelling and the pain.

One morning I talked to my friend about this over coffee. Well, I didn’t drink coffee – she had coffee, I had water. She mentioned that for the pain and swelling, I try Preggers. They’re a type of maternity compression tights, by this brand called Therafirm. Funny, while she was pregnant only a few years ago, I never heard her complain about her leg / foot swelling and pain, and I never saw her in compression hose (which I somehow thought would look unattractive). Putting two and two together, I realized that she wasn’t complaining about her pain and swelling because she was wearing the tights, and I didn’t realize she was wearing the compression tights, because what she was wearing was so unlike what I was under the impression they’d be.

As you can probably imagine now, I took her advice, and ordered the Preggers compression hose. Yep, to me, they were definitely everything she said they’d be.

Being a fairly analytical person though, I wasn’t happy simply knowing that they made me feel good. For all I knew, I could have been under a placebo effect, and for all I knew, the hose could have actually been doing me harm. Upon doing fairly in-depth Google searches, though, I realized that this couldn’t be further from the truth. I actually found numerous studies that spoke to the positive effects of maternity hose.

One study, conducted at the Universitätsspital Zürich, set out to determine the effectiveness of compression stockings in preventing emergent varicose veins in pregnancy. What they found was that “…they significantly decrease the incidence of long saphenous vein reflux at the sapheno-femoral junction and improve leg symptoms.”

What does this mean, exactly? Well, I’m no medical expert, but I know that saphenous vein reflux, is certainly not something I want to have.

Fly Away, Leg Swelling. Fly Away.


At 8:05 am, I took my seat on the plane, anticipating my 20 hour flight to India to get under way. I had taken countless flights half way around the world before, so I certainly knew what I was in for – constant ear popping, not being able to fall asleep, etc. About 7 hours into the flight though, my legs and feet really started to hurt.

This isn’t something I had experienced on any long-distance flight before.  I took my shoes off, only to notice that they were quite puffy. Had I been in first class, I would have instantly, reclined my chair and put my feet up, but due to my economy seat on the plane, this just wasn’t an option.

I tried to walk around a bit – back and forth from the bathroom. After all, there wasn’t anywhere to go, and the bathroom was really only a few steps away. So, for the next 13 hours, I traveled to India with a pretty annoying feeling of discomfort. The phrase “my dogs were barking” really doesn’t do justice to this type of discomfort. It’s not that my legs felt merely tired or sore, they actually hurt quite a bit.

Well, it didn’t take a physician to tell me what the problem was – the sitting position I was in, wasn’t allowing my blood to circulate properly. I mean, this is what I figured – it was fairly common sense. When I finally visited my Dr. – explaining my situation and symptoms, he confirmed my original assumption to be the case.

He said that prolonged sitting positions can cause blood to pool in the veins of the leg. The very position that your legs are in while you’re sitting also increases pressure in the leg veins as well. In turn, this causes swelling in the feet and legs by making fluid leave the blood and migrate to surrounding tissues.

What To Do About The Swelling

The first thing my Dr. recommended was a pair of Mediven 15-20 Travel Socks. He mentioned that these travel socks even out blood flow, so that on my next long-distance flight, swelling wouldn’t be an issue. I was a little reluctant at first – for some reason, I thought they’d be extremely uncomfortable and constricting, but I was wrong. They couldn’t be more relaxing to wear.

Apart from the travel socks, my Dr. also mentioned that I remember to stretch my legs every hour or two. I guess I had the right idea by getting up and walking to the bathroom.

He also said that on my next trip, I should shift my position in my seat often, and that crossing my legs is probably one of the worst ways to make the leg swelling issue worse.

Another thing he mentioned that I wasn’t too pleased with is that I should avoid sedatives and alcohol on any long flight. Admittedly, a drink can make a boring flight a bit more entertaining, but it can also make you too sleepy to regularly stretch your legs.

Study Shows Sigvaris Compression Stockings To Be Effective


We already knew this, of course, but we think it’s nice to draw upon science to justify our claims. The truth is,compression stockings offer benefits to all types of people. Whether your legs are perfectly healthy or whether you have a serious venous condition, there is, no doubt, a pair of compression stockings out there that are right for you.

In a study published in the British Journal of Surgery, it was found that those who wore certain grades of Sigvaris compression stockings showed a significant improvements with their venous conditions.

What’s attractive about this research is that, often times, scientific studies on products will often not make apparent the specific brands being studied. Luckily though, this is a notable exception and will likely be attractive to all those already interested in picking up a few pair of Sigvaris stockings.

In the study, 3 groups of 10 patients with varying degrees of “leg health” with asked to wear compression stockings for a period of 3 weeks. The first group had a normal, healthy venous legs system; the second, mild varicose veins; and the third had patients with a a post-phlebitic limb. The researchers conducted a randomized cross-over trial, and each of the groups wore both Eesiness NHS two-way stretch or Sigvaris medium compression for the 3 week period.

Another comparison was made within the group dealing with the most severe venous issues – where the researchers made them wear Sigvaris strong compression stockings, subsequent to a 6-week rest period.

How did the researchers study effectiveness, you ask? Well, they used a foot volumetry and sodium subcutaneous tissue clearance, to be exact.

At the end of the study, what researchers found was that there are indeed benefits of Sigvaris medium and strong compression stockings for both methods of assessment in patients with the post-phlebitic limb. Interestingly, Sigvaris medium compression stockings were also shown to benefit patients with mild varicose veins.

But, what effect did the compression stockings have on the group with normal veins? According to the research, none, but after all, what kind of results were they looking to get, here?

Why Should People With Healthy Legs Wear Compression Stockings?

We at, already know the health benefits of compression stockings for people with venous issues, and for good measure, we think it’s good to educate the public on these matters, so we post studies that exemplify this fact. What many may not know though, is that compression stockings are still beneficial to those with perfectly healthy legs, and these benefits come in terms of preventative care.

When with those with healthy legs choose to wear mild compression stockings – whether it be while playing basketball or sitting on a plane for several hours, the stockings will surely help ward off aching, swelling, fatigue, and yes, even more serious venous issues like DVT and chronic venous insufficiency. It’s important to note though, that those with these more serious conditions, ought to wear a firm compression grade (like the above study alludes to), as there are truly benefits to wearing them.