Choosing the right support
Even our mildest compression level (8-15mmHg) provides at least double the support of your typical department store "support hose" and it’s all classified by the level of support provided, measured as "millimeters of Mercury" or mm/Hg. Follow the guide below to select the strength that's right for you.

Choose a Compression Level

Jobst® manufactures four ready-to-wear compression levels. Compression is measured in mmHg, which stands for millimeters of Mercury, and is the standard unit of measurement for all compression garments. Jobst® garments provide gradient compression to prevent pooling of blood in the veins. Gradient compression means that the compression is greatest at the ankle, and weakens as it moves up the leg. Your leg veins are constantly working against gravity to pump blood back up to your heart. Jobst® gradient compression stockings are designed to help your veins work against gravity without restricting blood flow. Compression therapy is an ideal treatment option for a wide range of leg health issues.

Mild 8-15 mmHg compression is perfect for those experiencing tired, aching legs. This compression is used to increase circulation to help invigorate legs, and should be used as a preventive measure to combat venous insufficiency. Mild 8-15 mmHg compression is an excellent choice for those who sit or stand for prolonged periods of time.

Moderate 15-20 mmHg compression is used for minor varicosities, minor swelling, and for extended traveling. This compression is recommended for those suffering from spider veins and mild varicose veins. Doctors may also prescribe the 15-20 mmHg compression for pregnancy, diabetes, prevention of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), and following some venous surgical procedures. 15-20 mmHg is a great introduction to compression therapy, perfect for first time wearers.

Firm 20-30 mmHg compression is used for moderate to severe varicosities, swelling and edema, and prevention of DVT. It is also commonly used following venous surgical procedures, such as sclerotherapy. This compression is also great for maintaining leg health following the healing of a venous ulcer. We recommend you consult your physician before ordering the firm 20-30 mmHg compression.

Extra firm 30-40 mmHg compression is used for severe varicosities, swelling, and lymphedema. This compression can also be used for treatment of DVT, active venous ulcers, and other severe medical conditions, as recommended by your physician.

These are general guidelines; your physician is the most important source of information concerning your personal compression needs. For further information, feel free to contact one of our Certified Fitters in our friendly customer service department.

You should not wear compression hose if you experience any of the following:

• Severe Arterial Disease or Insufficiency • Congestive Heart Failure • Skin Infections • Immobility (bed confinement)