Support Hose Basics

Support Panty Hose: What to Buy

Has your doctor or nurse told you that you should wear support panty hose for your circulatory or vein problem? If so, making a choice from the dizzying array of options available online or at your local drugstore often proves incredibly confusing. Let’s break down your options so you can make the best support hose choice for your aching legs.


Some popular brands of support panty hose include Sigvaris, Juzo, Mediven, and Jobst. Specialty maternity support hose are also available for pregnant women.

Compression Level

Support panty hose are made of tight, elastic fibers that help squeeze the veins in your legs and improve blood flow. The first thing you should find out from your doctor is the compression level of support panty hose you need. The compression level indicates how tightly the fibers squeeze your legs. Light compression is 8-15 mmHg; other support levels are 15-20 mmHg; 20-30 mmHg; 30-40 mmHg; and 40-50 mmHg +. Higher compression levels require a doctor’s prescription; up to 20 mmHg can be purchased online or from a drugstore or pharmacy.


Support panty hose are often available in thigh high and knee high lengths. Your doctor may offer some suggestions on which length works best for you. Some studies have shown that knee high varieties work just as well as thigh highs, and they’re easier for people to get on and off.

Color and Thickness

In many cases, support pantyhose come in a variety of colors and thicknesses, as well as support levels and lengths. Brands such as Sigvaris offer color choices such as black, navy, white, and terracotta as well as the more traditional nude or beige colors.

These options should give you some direction when it comes to choosing support hosiery. Your doctor may offer some suggestions on brand, length, and compression level, but when it comes to color choices, it’s up to you!

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Knee High Support Hose: Knee High Support Hose Gives Wearers a Leg Up on Vein Support

Sometimes less is more, especially when it comes to support hose. A recent study published in the February 2009 issue of the journal Clinical Nurse Specialist found that knee high support hose were more comfortable, easier to use, less expensive, and less likely to cause leg ulcers and other problems in the wearers.

Sigvaris, Juzo, Jobst, and Mediven all offer popular brands of knee high support hose in a variety of support levels from light compression to firm compression. Before you buy knee length support stockings, though, be sure you talk to your doctor. He or she may recommend certain brands or tightness levels (also called compression levels, measured in mmHg).

Other examples of knee high support hose include:

Sensifoot Knee Socks

Ultrasheer Knee High

Supportive Athletic Socks

To use knee high support hose, you may need to measure the length of your legs and the circumference around the calf to ensure you’re getting a good fit. These kinds of support legwear are available for purchase online or at retailers such as CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Walmart, Target, or your local drugstore or pharmacy.

When you wear your knee high support stockings, you’ll probably want to buy two pairs – one to wear and one to wash. When you remove your stockings at the end of the day, wash them out gently by hand (or follow the manufacturer’s instructions for caring for your stockings). Avoid putting lotion on your legs right before wearing the knee high support hose – doing so could damage the elastic fibers and make them sag and droop. It’s also a good idea to take off all jewelry when removing or putting on your support stockings because rings and bracelets can snag the delicate fibers.

If you have mobility or arthritis problems, using a device called a stocking donner can make putting on knee high support hose easier.

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