Proper footwear

How to make compression stockings fit better?

We are all familiar with the term, “if the shoe fits, wear it.”  This is magnified more when wearing compression stockings. Most of us have a complete wardrobe of clothes for different occasions and activities. This applies to our footwear collection including your compression wear. So, let us dig into this a little deeper.

First, think about the activities you participate in throughout your week.  Do you work in an office? At home? Or on the golf course? How do you spend your time at home?  What do you do for enjoyment? Walks with the dog? Shopping with friends? Going to a ball game?

Second, think of the different shoes you wear for these different activities. Each has its own purpose and a unique feel on your feet.  That is due to the variants of the sole, the material of the shoe, and the overall volume. Your sock or stocking choice has a vital role in the overall comfort and your wearing experience. And that can impact how much you enjoy your activity!!

What is the best compression stocking for you?

There is not ONE compression stocking, sock, or garment that is best for you.  You should have a collection of products to fit your various activities, your wardrobe choices, and even the time of the year!

We like to break down the use of compression wear into four categories:

Products for casual wear:

These are typically compression stockings that are opaque in appearance and have a soft texture. They come in various styles and colors to meet your therapeutic and lifestyle needs.  Also, these come in both open and closed toe style.  Open toe may be suitable in warmer climates when wearing flip-flops or open toe shoes.

Products for business or formal wear:

These are typically more sheer for women that will provide a more elegant or fashionable look.  Men’s products will have patterns to provide some style verses a solid sock.  These are all available in an assortment of colors to meet the specific need of an outfit.

Products for use during activity:

When engaging in activities, people wear athletic shoes or boots of some sort. This type of footwear requires a durable material with a padded sole to protect the feet from the rigors of activity. These are almost always a closed toe sock.

Products for healing and recovery:

Many people are using compression garments, whether it is an elastic compression stocking, arm sleeve, or an inelastic compression wrap, for more severe conditions. These are normally more robust materials to help contain edema and provide more support than a traditional compression product.  Footwear can be what makes you comfortable – slippers, sandals, or nothing at all!