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 ┬áhere 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 – ┬ádoctors 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)!