Compression Socks: Why I Don't Buy Mine Online and You Shouldn't Either

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Do you suffer from varicose veins, spider veins, leg swelling, or other vein-related issues and want to feel better? If so, you may have heard about great options for improving your quality of life. In addition to innovative minimally invasive vein procedures at Vein Specialists of the South, we recommend medical-grade graduated compression socks, as part of your conservative care.

If you want your legs to feel better, this blog is for you. We will discuss why we don’t recommend buying your medical-grade compression socks, stockings, and other items online and why where you purchase your compression matters.

We’ve Heard It All

Over the years we have heard it all when it comes to compression. Patients come to our vein clinic wearing anti-embolism hose which are designed to prevent blood clots after major surgery or when bed-confined. Others borrow their spouse’s diabetic compression socks. If you are not diabetic or recovering from surgery, these products are not what you need and may cause more circulation problems.

We encourage you to think of compression socks, as a prescription. Just like you wouldn’t take your spouse’s prescription pain reliever to manage post-surgical pain, you shouldn’t wear compression fitted for someone else or designed to prevent post-surgery blood clots for someone confined to a bed.


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Graduated Compression: What Really Matters

So what does matter? Quality compression matters. Quality trained fitter matters. A quality vein care team that stands with you and knows how to help you deal with any underlying vein problems matters.

Quality and Style Matters

Compression socks are designed to reduce swelling and alleviate symptoms while improving the venous blood flow in your legs. Graduated compression socks have higher compression at the ankle which gradually decreases, as you go up the leg, augmenting your venous blood flow. They are a part of our VSS Better Veins for Life principles for managing your vein-related symptoms including leg swelling, aching, heaviness, burning stinging, and itching while slowing the progression of your vein disease and lowering your risk of leg ulcers, blood clots, and bleeding veins.

However, not all compression socks are created equal. Studies show that quality control matters in the manufacturing of compression socks. Their quality control measures test socks from every production line to make sure they meet rigorous ‘medical grade graduated compression socks’ standards. We ‘only’ recommend compression from manufacturers with the highest quality standards to ensure your hose are the ‘best compression for you.’

Socks designed for athletic or fashion wear purposes aren’t necessarily the same as medical-grade compression socks. The medical-grade compression socks are specifically designed to treat circulation issues and are therefore a specialized item. When purchasing online, you may find it difficult to differentiate which is which. Therefore, it’s crucial to seek the advice of an expert before making a purchase.

Do you like the latest fashion styles? Medical-grade compression can be fashionable, too! There is a range of high-quality compression socks, sleeves, stockings, and even leggings that come in a variety of styles and colors. And there is compression wear designed for every situation, from work to the gym or a night out.

Getting the Right Fit Matters

When it comes to compression socks, it is important that you find the fit and style that meets your needs. Maybe, you bought compression socks at a local retail store or online to only be disappointed because they did not help your legs and made you feel like you had wasted your money. It does not have to be that way. When it comes to compression properly fitted quality compression socks can make a big difference in the way your legs feel especially if you have underlying vein problems.

Incorrect sizing is the most common issue when purchasing compression socks, sleeves, and stockings. While it may seem easy to purchase online or at a local pharmacy, measuring and correctly fitting is better with the help of a local expert. The online method of sizing often does not take into account the length of your leg or the size of your calf; instead, it’s only based on the shoe size. The investment in properly fitted compression wear could make all the difference in your circulation, and an expert will ensure that you get the perfect fit for your needs. At VSS we have trained fitters on hand to help with your needs and we stand by our fitting and products.

Where you Purchase Your Compression Matters

When purchasing online or in retail stores, it’s easy to get swayed by lower price tags. However, you get what you pay for, and many of these compression brands sacrifice quality for a lower price. The stitching and fabric may come apart easily, reducing the effectiveness of your compression. Initial compression right out of the box can also be subpar due to the manufacturing process. Even high-quality compression purchased online or in retail stores can cause problems due to the sizing concerns mentioned above.

A Quality Vein Care Team Matters

By choosing a vein specialist care team for your vein evaluation and care you can rest assured that your vein care needs are in good hands. After a full vein and health evaluation, your VSS Team is committed to offering you the right treatment at the right time. It’s about ensuring the right product and treatment to meet your healthcare needs, which a vein specialist can best provide for you.

Our vein care team has trained fitters for your compression needs and offers quality medical-grade compression in our office setting. We know what type of compression is right for your needs and can ensure the correct fit for the best results.

If you have varicose veins and/or lymphedema, our vein specialist team can guide you to the right compression and treatment options. If you have a history of blood clots or are concerned about preventing blood clots while traveling or during pregnancy, your compression will be tailored to your needs.

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Save on Compression Socks at Vein Specialists of the South

Our three convenient locations in Macon, Locust Grove, and Warner Robins, GA, offer compression socks, sleeves, stockings, and leggings. Our high-quality fitters and compression socks provide the best medical-grade graduated compression socks for the treatment of your varicose veins, leg swelling, and blood clot problems.

Come to Vein Specialists of the South for a vein evaluation to diagnose your vein problems, blood clots, leg swelling, or other leg symptoms. Begin your journey to Better Veins for Life today by adding our comprehensive treatment protocol designed to meet your individual needs.

Don’t forget to ask about the Compression Coalition program, to help you save on your compression. If your insurance covers your compression wear we can advise you on your best options, or if you have a health savings account, your funds can be used to purchase compression in our practice!

Contact Our Vein Specialists for Compression Socks in Georgia

If you’re ready to start wearing compression for the prevention or treatment of venous disease and leg swelling, contact us at Vein Specialists of the South and speak with our team about your options for compression and vein care.

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