How To Buy Compression Stockings Online


If you are thinking of buying compression stockings online, you probably already know what they are. These specially designed garments provide controlled pressure to your legs in a way that gives support to your veins and improves blood circulation. 

Compression socks are used by people to manage venous and lymphatic disorders but are also used during pregnancy, long periods of sitting and standing, long-distance travel, and sports. Read more about how compression stockings work and who can use them here.

Picking the right compression socks online based on your individual need is essential, but this can be a difficult decision to make! They are available in several compression classes, lengths, fabrics, and if you have managed to figure all these out, the sizing system can surely leave you second-guessing! Well, we are here to help! Below is a complete guide on choosing the correct compression stockings for you or your loved one. 

Know which type you need before buying compression stockings online

There are 3 types of compression stockings: support, anti-embolism, and medical.


  • Support Socks:

Support socks provide mild graduated compression. They can be worn by healthy adults of any age and are ideal for those who: 

  • Are at risk of developing venous disorders due to age, genetic predisposition, or lifestyle
  • Travel long distances by flight, bus, car, train, etc.
  • Sit or stand for long periods due to their jobs or lifestyles
  • Suffer from mild pain and swelling in the legs 
  • Experience heavy and tired legs
  • Are into sports and running 
  • Want to maintain good leg health in general 

Sigvaris support socks are available in below-knee length and in a closed-toe style. The sizing system for these socks is based on your shoe size, making it very easy to buy!  

Support Socks


  • Anti-embolism Stockings:

Also known as TED stockings, this type of compression garment is used for immobile or bedridden patients. They are meant to prevent the formation of a blood clot in your veins and are not suitable to manage an already existing venous condition. These stockings are most commonly prescribed by the doctor post-surgery. 

Anti Embolism Stockings


  • Medical Compression Stockings:

Medical compression stockings are suitable for those who already suffer some form of lymphedema or venous condition such as varicose veins, deep veins thrombosis, or venous leg ulcers. 

Medical Compression Stockings


Know which class of compression stockings you need

Medical compression stockings are available in different compression levels that provide moderate to very strong compression. The compression level of the stocking identifies how much pressure it gives. The higher the class, the higher the compression it provides. 

The compression class must be prescribed by your doctor. They will identify the correct pressure level for you based on the need and severity of your condition. 

Below is a general guideline on the various compression levels and their uses. However, this does not replace medical advice and is not binding. Ask your doctor which compression class is right for you before buying compression stockings online. 

Class 1 Compression stockings

Moderate graduated compression (18 – 21 mmHg)

  • Relief from symptoms of mild varicose veins
  • Preventive measure for pregnant women at risk of developing varicose veins
  • Relief from swelling and tired legs during pregnancy
  • Prevention of ‘economy class syndrome’ or deep vein thrombosis during travel
  • Preventive measure for immobile patients at risk of developing thrombosis and embolism

Class 2 Compression stockings

Firm graduated compression (23 – 32 mmHg)

  • Relief from chronically painful, heavily fatigued legs
  • Relief from symptoms of pronounced varicose veins with swelling
  • Relief from symptoms of severe varicose veins during pregnancy
  • Post-surgical applications
  • Management of healed venous ulcers

Class 3 Compression socks

Very firm graduated compression (34 – 46 mmHg)

  • Healing active and recurring venous ulcers
  • Relief from symptoms of severe cases of varicose veins
  • Management of severe post-traumatic edema
  • Management of DVT and post-thrombotic syndrome
  • Relief from symptoms of lymphoedema

Please note: Compression stockings are generally very safe to use. However, people with conditions such as peripheral arterial disease, congestive heart failure, advanced peripheral neuropathy, diabetes, or rheumatoid arthritis (RA), must use compression stockings only under the guidance of their doctor.  

Know which length you need before you buy compression stockings online

Medical compression stockings are available in 2 lengths: 

  • Below knee-length stockings provide graduated compression from the ankle to the calf. Sigvaris below-knee stockings have a top band that is soft and non-constricting. This provides a perfect hold without increased pressure. 
  • Thigh-length stockings provide graduated compression from the ankle to the upper thigh. Sigvaris thigh-length stockings have a grip top with silicone dots. These are gentle on the skin and provides a good grip. 

Below Knee Length Stockings

Ask your doctor about which length is right for you. Usually, your doctor will recommend a thigh-length stocking if you have venous or lymphatic issues in your thigh region.   


Choose the fabric 

Medical compression stockings are available in cotton blended material and nylon blended material. 

Cotton is undoubtedly the preferred material for compression stockings due to the superior comfort they provide. Sigvaris cotton compression stockings are particularly special due to their design. These stockings are knit so that the inside of the socks is 100% cotton, so no other fabric comes in direct contact with the wearer’s skin. This makes it ideal for those with sensitive skin. In addition, the optimal percentage of cotton keeps legs cool in hot and humid climatic conditions and warm in the winter months. 

The Sigvaris nylon stockings are a great economical option without compromising on quality and efficacy of the compression stockings. The soft fabric of the garment conforms to the leg shape providing support with comfort.  

Select the correct size  

This is the most confusing but also the most important step in selecting the correct compression stockings! 

The 2 most common mistakes that people make in size selection are:

  • Choosing the size in compression stockings based on the size of clothes you wear
  • Choosing the size in compression stockings based on the size of compression stockings you wear in another brand

Size in compression stockings must always be based on leg measurements! This ensures correct fit and, therefore, right compression. But did you know that wearing the wrong size can actually make your condition worse? 

Once you have the measurements, you must select the size based on the size chart. Each brand and product range has a different size chart, so be sure to check your size before you buy Sigvaris compression stockings online.

Now that you know how to order the right compression stockings online, browse through the products on NovoMed Shop. You can also check out some other suitable products such as calf wrap, knee wrap, and foot wrap for better comfort.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I tell if my compression stockings fit properly?

Proper fit is crucial when it comes to compression stockings to ensure that they are both effective and comfortable. Compression stockings are available in various sizes, and the right fit depends on the measurements of your legs. Measure your leg according to the instructions given by the manufacturer and then consult the size chart that correlate measurements to specific sizes. Choosing the correct size will not only ensure correct fit but also accurate graduated compression.

Always keep in mind that the correct size of compression stockings may be difficult to put on, but once worn, they should feel comfortable.

What are some tips for wearing compression stockings in warmer weather?

Here is how you can keep wearing your compression stockings even in the summer:

  • Opt for breathable materials for your compression stockings. Cotton stockings are comfortable and can keep your legs cool during warm days.
  • Wash your stockings daily as they are more prone to getting sweaty in the summer.
  • You can dust some talcum powder on your legs just before wearing compression socks. This will keep your legs dry by absorbing any excess sweat, making it easier to glide your stockings on.
  • Pick open toe style compression socks. These can provide additional ventilation and reduce heat around the toes.

What is the difference between gradient and uniform compression stockings?

The terms “gradient” and “uniform” refer to the way compression is distributed throughout the length of the compression stockings. Gradient compression stockings provide highest compression at the ankle, which gradually reduces going up the leg. This structure assists the blood flow up the legs and towards the heart. This type of stockings are therefore used for the prevention and management of venous conditions. Uniform compression stockings provide a consistent level of pressure throughout the entire length of the stocking. While there may be some uses of this type of stockings, they are less common.

It is crucial to note that using uniform compression for venous conditions can be harmful as it may make the blood circulation worse.

What is the difference between medical and non-medical compression stockings?

The main difference between medical and non-medical compression stockings lies in the amount of pressure they exert on the legs, measured in millimetres of mercury (mmHg). Medical-grade compression stockings typically provide pressure levels above 18 mmHg and are prescribed by healthcare professionals to address specific medical conditions such as venous insufficiency, deep vein thrombosis, or edema. On the other hand, non-medical compression socks, also known as support socks, are often used by athletes, travellers, or individuals seeking mild compression for general leg support and comfort.

It’s important to note that medical compression stockings should be obtained with a prescription from a doctor, ensuring that the prescribed pressure and type are appropriate for the individual’s health needs.

Are there any age restrictions for wearing compression stockings?

No, there are generally no age restrictions for wearing compression stockings. People of various ages, from children to seniors, may use compression stockings based on medical recommendations and individual health needs. Compression stockings are commonly prescribed for a range of conditions, and age is not the sole determining factor.


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