Compression Level Guide

Compression Guide

This is a quick and simple guide to selecting the correct level of support. View the different levels of compression and the ailments for which they are used to treat. Please use this only as a guide. It is always important to consult with a physician or healthcare professional prior to choosing a compression.

8-15 MMHG MILD COMPRESSION is recommended for:

  • Tired, Achy Legs
  • Mild Fatigue
  • Occupations with long periods of sitting or standing

15-20 MMHG MODERATE COMPRESSION is recommended for:

  • Discomfort from spider veins
  • Relief from minor leg swelling
  • Relief of tired aching legs
  • Relief of leg discomfort during pregnancy
  • Minor varicose veins
  • For wear following sclerotherapy

Note: These are examples of reasons to wear this level of compression. Please consult with your physician for compressions above 15-20 mmHg.

20-30 MMHG FIRM COMPRESSION is recommended for:

  • Heaviness and fatigue in the legs
  • Low-grade varicosities without special disposition for edema
  • Varicosities during pregnancy
  • Small varicose dilations of cutaneous veins
  • Post-sclerotherapy

30-40 MMHG EXTRA FIRM is recommended for:

  • Relief of aching, heaviness and fatigue caused by varices
  • Post-surgery or sclerotherapy
  • Prophylaxis of thrombosis
  • Prophylaxis and treatment of complications of varicose veins and post phlebitic syndrome with chronic venous insufficiency
  • Venous ulcers
  • Varices during pregnancy
  • Pregnant patients with previous phlebitis
  • Management of edema and effective scar formation after burns
  • Stasis dermatitis due to chronic venous insufficiency
  • Lymphedema

40-50 MMHG STRONG COMPRESSION is recommended for:

  • For severe degrees of the above listed conditions
  • Emphasized edema from above causes
  • Lymphedema
  • Severe chronic venous insufficiency as with post-phlebitic syndrome
  • Chronic venous problems after surgery
  • Venous ulcers

50-60 MMHG EXTRA STRONG COMPRESSION is recommended for:

  • Primary lymphedema after decongestant therapy for reduction maintenance
  • Severe Post Thrombotic Syndrome

The above recommendations were provided by the manufacturers of these products and should not be used in lieu of a physician's recommendation. Please consult with a physician or healthcare professional before choosing your compression.