Common Misconceptions About Graduated Compression Stockings

“I don’t want to wear compression socks because they’re ugly.”

“It’s too hard to don compression pantyhose. I just won’t wear them.”

“Compression stockings don’t actually do anything.”

Do these myths sound familiar? They’re all common misconceptions about graduated compression stockings—and we’re here to bust these myths. Here are eight popular myths about compression garments, and why they simply aren’t true:

They’re ugly.

Perhaps once upon a time, this myth was true, but it certainly isn’t today. In fact, many compression pantyhose and sock designs are indistinguishable from their non-compression counterparts. Some of our favorite brands, such as Sockwell, also make colorful and cool designs that are sure to garner many compliments. Trust us, no one will be able to tell you’re wearing compression garments just from looking at your legs.

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They’re uncomfortable to wear.

While there’s sometimes a period of adjustment at the beginning for compression newbies, compression garments are better fitting and more breathable than ever. Compression brands have put many hours into research in order to determine designs and materials that promote the natural movement of the legs and arms. And the garments come in an extensive range of sizes, including plus size and maternity, so you’ll be sure to find the right fit. In fact, if your modern compression gear is uncomfortable to wear, try re-measuring yourself to make sure you selected the right size. Need some help? Reach out to one of our friendly Certified Fitters for expert advice.

They’re too hard to put on.

Compression stockings and socks are a bit more difficult to put on than regular, stretched-out socks. However, recent advancements have vastly improved the designs of compression socks to make them more user-friendly and easier to don. If you have mobility issues that affect how you get dressed, such as arthritis in your hands, there are also many types of donning aids that can assist you, from slippies to donner gloves.

They’re too hot for summer.

Compression garments are more breathable than ever, and some of them are even made with special fibers designed to wick away sweat and help keep you cool and dry. Compression socks can also help alleviate swelling, a common complaint during the hot months of summer. You’ll get the most benefits if you regularly wear graduated compression stockings year-round rather than just during the colder months.

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They don’t work.

Some people are skeptical that some specially woven fabrics can help boost their circulation and alleviate swelling. But these stockings are designed to provide just the right amount of graduated pressure to encourage your blood to keep moving rather than pool in your extremities (and possibly form a clot). Compression socks can also help prevent or ease swelling since it promotes the flow of lymph and other fluids besides just blood.

They can get rid of your health problems.

On the other hand, some other people believe that compression socks can cure them of venous issues like bad circulation and varicose veins. While graduated compression stockings can help alleviate symptoms, and may even be recommended by your doctor, they can’t cure the underlying issues that cause the venous issues in the first place. Thus, it’s important to set realistic expectations for how much the compression socks can help you.

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They make up for other lifestyle choices.

Compression socks can help promote better circulation, but they can’t make up for other choices you’re making that also impact your venous health. If you live a sedentary life, smoke cigarettes, drink a lot of alcohol and eat an unhealthy diet, wearing graduated compression stockings isn’t going to magically reverse the effects of these choices. Compression socks should be just one component of a healthy lifestyle.

They cost too much.

Fortunately, there are plenty of affordable compression gear options out there. Don’t be turned away from the first price tag you see. For example, our very own Ames Walker compression brands offer products at extremely competitive prices. We believe that everyone should be able to afford durable, quality compression gear no matter their budget. Shop our collections and see for yourself.

Now you’re equipped with the facts to choose the best compression garments for your needs. As always, our customer service staff is always happy to answer any other questions you might have about our products (myths or not) so don’t hesitate to reach out if you need help finding the perfect compression gear for you.

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