The previous level could be called "firm," and this level of hosiery would be "extra firm." This is the most widely prescribed stocking for chronic venous insufficiency, which occurs when damaged valves in the leg's veins lead to blood pooling in the leg and causes swelling and pain (can lead to skin damage and leg ulcers). The increased support provided by this stocking level means more leg health issues can be addressed including edema, varicose veins, and blood clots.
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