FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Most common questions about compression stockings or braces

Why Doctor Brace?

Doctor Brace's compression stockings and braces are made with premium materials and modern design to fit every active woman and man. We have the background and the experience...enough to understand the specific needs of every and each user.

How Doctor Brace's compression stockings look like? What are product features?

To see how Doctor Brace's compression stockings look like and to explore their features, watch this video. It also provides some tips on many aspects of compression socks use:

 What are compression stockings?

Compression stockings are medical stockings used in the treatment of venous insufficiency related diseases such as ankle swelling, aching legs, spider veins, or varicose veins. They are also used alone or with other medical treatment to help relieve Phlebitis or DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis). 

Why I should use compression socks for my Varicose Veins?

If used daily, compression socks in 20-30 mmHg or 30-40 mmHg levels may help relieve varicose veins by applying moderate and graduated pressure on the blue or purple veins in the calf or thigh. The applied compression helps restore better blood circulation by helping to pump blood more normally from the legs to the heart. For more information about which compression stockings to use for your varicose veins or other venous disorder, do not hesitate to seek your doctor's advice.

What measured compression stockings means?

Measured compression stockings are ready to wear stockings but made with a very detailed sizing chart to provide an adjusted fit. Well measured compression socks are by far more effective to treat chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) than non measured one. Be aware that not all medical stockings in the market today are measured ones.

What custom fit compression stockings means?

Custom fit or made to measure compression stockings are specially designed for women or men with measures that do not match the pre-measured size chart.

What is a compression level? how I would know which compression grade to choose?

Compression level or degree refers to the level of pressure your compression socks would apply to your ankle, calf or thigh.There are four standard levels of compression stockings: 15-20 mmHg, 20-30 mmHg, 30-40 mmHg or 40-50 mmHg.

What are graduated compression stockings?

Graduated compression stockings in knee high, thigh high or pantyhose style; exert decreasing pressure on the legs. The maximum compression being felt at the ankle level. It is important to mention that not all brands of compression socks offer a graduated or gradient compression therapy.

How to measure compression stockings? How I would know size?

To find your compression stockings size, you should use a soft measuring tape to take your measurements, as required by the product sizing chart located in each Doctor Brace product description. Then, once you finished to measure your body contours, try to locate your size in the pre-measured ranges in the chart. 

The video below shows user in details, and step by step, how to size compression stockings or socks:

 

Also, you can read our blog on the same subject. 

How to care for compression stockings? how to wash and dry them?

Taking care of compression stockings can help extend their useful life. To care for your compression socks, follow our tips below:

  1. Wear them with compression gloves or a stocking aid to prevent tears.
  2. Hand wash your compression stockings with mild soap. Do not use washer.
  3. Dry flat. Do not use dryer.

See also our detailed Care Instructions page.

How to put on compression stockings - socks easily?

To put on compression socks more easily, use compression gloves. In addition, these gloves evenly distribute the graduated compression on the legs and prevent damage to the fabric. See this tutorial on how to put on and take off compression stockings:

 

Another option would be to use a compression aid, especially if you have arthritis or if you have a lack of strength in your hands or arms. Stockings aids are particularly popular among seniors.