What is the difference between Class I, Class II and Class III compression stockings?
Which compression class of stockings should your choose?
Depending on the indications the class of compression is chosen. Based on the content available online and our personal customer experiences we have listed down the indications for each of the compression class. Please note, the best way to get to know your class of compression is by asking your doctor or medical practitioner. The indications given below do not override or substitute for them
Compression class or compression grade I:
Pressure level: Mild compression 18-21 mmHg at the ankle.
Class I or grade I stockings are usually worn when:
1. For a feeling of tired and heavy legs
2. Early venous insufficiency (weakness)
3. Mild varicose veins without pronounced oedema
4. For varicose veins in pregnancy
5. For so called “spider veins”
6. After sclerosis of varicose veins
Compression class or compression grade II:
Pressure level: Moderate compression 23-32 mmHg at the ankle.
Class II or grade II stockings are usually worn when:
1. For more serious symptoms
2. For more marked varicose veins or moderate oedema
3. After healing of minor ulcers
4. After sclerosis and surgery for varicose veins
5. After deep vein thrombosis
6. In cases of insufficiency (weakness) of the valves in the deep veins
Compression class or compression grade III:
Pressure level: High compression 34-46 mmHg at the ankle.
Class III or grade III stockings are usually worn when:
1. For chronic venous insufficiency (Stage I and II)
2. Pronounced oedema
3. Atrophie blanche
5. After resolution of severe ulcers
Important note: Please consult your doctor on regular intervals before renewing your pair of compression stockings as your medical condition might need a different class of stockings over the period of time. Using wrong compression might worsen your condition.
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