**Please note: Compression Socks/Stockings of 20 mmHg, 30 mmHg and 40 mmHg are known as medical grade compression and must be prescribed by a physician. They are used for the treatment of various medical conditions, and should be used under the supervision of a doctor. The prescription for them needs to be renewed on an annual basis.
What is the difference between compression stockings and support stockings?
The term “support stockings” is widely known and often also used for medical compression wear. The principles of the two types of stockings are different, though.
Support stockings exert passive resistance to swelling, while compression stockings apply active pressure on the veins of the leg. This prevents them from dilating and facilitates venous return.
Medical compression socks/stockings are produced under strict medical and technical specifications to guarantee adequate ankle pressure and graduated compression along the leg. A prescription is required to purchase these items.