How tight is too tight when wearing support stockings?
One of the main complaints from people who wear compression stockings is that they think it is too tight. Sometimes even to the point of discomfort or even unbearability. This is a common complaint with support stockings, which may not be immediately recognizable by everyone, and therefore requires further investigation.
First, it should be clear that compression stockings that are a little too tight should be like that. This is because the name says that compression is applied to the legs. Logically, that would mean it results in a feeling of squeezing and tightness. Compression stockings are naturally tight.
This naturally raises a number of closely related questions on this topic. How tight should support stockings be? How tight is too tight when it comes to support stockings? Below are the main topics that require the most attention.
Keep in mind that compression stockings are designed and manufactured to have gradual compression. This means that they consciously have the most compression at the ankles and therefore feel the tightest there. The compression of the socks gradually decreases from the ankle to the leg, reducing the tightness of the socks. So it goes without saying that the support stockings feel tighter on the ankle and calf than it does on the thighs. Need a little more clarity about gradual compression? Then read about the compression technology of compression stockings.
In addition, the tightness of the support stockings can be particularly challenging and frustrating when you put them on and off. To make this process less tiring, you need time and patience to put the compression stockings on and off. You should make sure that the socks are snug without wrinkles and folds that can pinch, cause pain, or even hinder your blood circulation. In addition, you can damage the relatively expensive support stockings if you put these socks on and off with haste.
To make life easier with support stockings, a number of pull-on and pull-off devices have been designed to make the pulling process easier. These are especially ideal for people with limited hand strength or rheumatic diseases.
How tight should support stockings be?
This is a difficult question to answer because support stockings of different compression levels also have different degrees of density. In addition, the ideal compression level varies from person to person.
People have different tolerance levels for pain or temperature, for example. Similarly, this also applies to what a person perceives as too tight and what is actually too tight from a medical point of view.