Compression stockings can be a somewhat general term used to describe several different styles of compression hosiery. Compression stockings are available in different lengths including knee high stockings, thigh high stockings, and full length pantyhose.
Thigh high compression stockings may be recommended if leg swelling extends above the knee or when very large varicose veins are present. Women who travel frequently or work in situations requiring long hours on their feet enjoy being able to experience the benefits of compression stockings while wearing them under skirts. Thigh high compression stockings of the past have reputations for being difficult to put on, slipping frequently, and being far from stylish. Fortunately, manufacturers listed to customers' complaints and the thigh high compression stockings we sell currently are very stylish (many offer lace edging for ladies), incredibly comfortable, easy to don, and stay in place better. Often people who have to work trade shows comment on how much they appreciate being able to wear thigh high compression stockings while traveling and then work on their feet all day comfortably and without constant readjustment of the hosiery.
To provide even more options, compression stockings are available in both open toe and closed toe designs. A closed toe is what you're most familiar with, and probably what you think of whenever you think of socks or stockings.
Open toe compression stockings can be beneficial for people who want to wear a sock over the compression stocking, those with arthritic toes, or to allow more air to access the toes (if there is a cut or fungal infection on a toe the increased air may help increase the healing).
Compression stockings can also refer to compression socks. With the word "stockings" most of us imagine a sheer and/or silky fabric (and this is precisely what some compression socks are), but there are also compression socks with the look and feel of cotton athletic or dress socks. Compression socks still utilize rubber or elastic fibers to provide various levels of compression, but some people prefer the look and feel of compression socks to stockings. Black compression dress socks are popular among male customers, in particular.
We understand the world of compression stockings can be confusing and overwhelming. While we have provided information to help you understand compression stockings there will be numerous questions this information didn't answer. If you have additional compression stocking questions feel free to email your question to questions@ActiveForever.com or call 1-800-377-8033 to speak to a friendly, knowledgeable customer service counselor.