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.

Compression stockings or tights are too tight if they:

  • Cause pain
  • Pinching your skin
  • Make your legs numb
  • If the legs discolour

What can you do if the support stockings feel too tight?
If you feel that your compression stockings are too tight, the first measure to take is to adjust the size of the socks. It is important that you have the right size compression stockings for the best result.

If you have done the measurements for your compression socks yourself, it is advised to have the measurements done by a professional employee again. You can call your nearest pharmacy to find a certified meter. When you have found a measurer for compression stockings, we recommend that you make an early appointment to take the measurements. This is because you will have even less trouble with thick feet and ankles in the morning.

Want to know more about the causes of swollen feet and ankles? Read about the 17 causes and solutions for swollen ankles and feet.

Our different types of support stockings
Fortunately, STOX Energy Socks also offers support stockings that fit you perfectly with the help of our size guide.

We offer our support stockings in different colors and types.

For example, we have red, purple, blue, white and black support stockings in our range.

In addition, STOX is known for the comfort and ease of putting on and taking off our compression stockings.