What is the best level of compression for a RN?

I would like "save" my legs and buy compression stockings. I dont have any other medical problems that would require me to use the stockings other that I am a nurse and am on my feet a lot. What level of comrpession would you recommend I start with?

ANSWERS FROM DOCTORS (8)


Answered by Desert Vein Institute

If buying over the counter you can get 15-20. But in most states you would need a prescription to buy 20-30. The more compression the better it will be for you if your on your feet all day.

Published on Apr 20, 2018

Answered by Desert Vein Institute (View Profile)

If buying over the counter you can get 15-20. But in most states you would need a prescription to buy 20-30. The more compression the better it will be for you if your on your feet all day.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Angelo N. Makris MD

15 -20

Published on Jan 10, 2012

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Answered by Angelo N. Makris MD

15 -20

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Nu Vela Vein Center

10 to 15 mm graduated compression stockings

Published on Jan 10, 2012

Answered by Nu Vela Vein Center (View Profile)

10 to 15 mm graduated compression stockings

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Bella MD Laser Vein and Aesthetic Center

Usually a knee high 15-20mmhg compression will make your legs feel better and give some support without being uncomfortable.

David A. Engleman M.D.

Published on Jan 10, 2012

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Answered by Bella MD Laser Vein and Aesthetic Center

Usually a knee high 15-20mmhg compression will make your legs feel better and give some support without being uncomfortable.

David A. Engleman M.D.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Heart and Vein Center

You should try to use 20-30mmHg, if you can tolerate them. The least should be 10-15mmHg. I am sure you will get a lot of different opinions from this question....

Dr Farhy

Published on Jan 10, 2012

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Answered by Heart and Vein Center

You should try to use 20-30mmHg, if you can tolerate them. The least should be 10-15mmHg. I am sure you will get a lot of different opinions from this question....

Dr Farhy

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Vein Center at University Medicine and Cardiology

If you are using for prophylaxis, you can use 20-30 mmHg compression stockings for prevention. You are in a higher risk profession, as are doctors, for developing varicose veins from prolonged periods of standing.

Published on Sep 06, 2011

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Answered by Vein Center at University Medicine and Cardiology

If you are using for prophylaxis, you can use 20-30 mmHg compression stockings for prevention. You are in a higher risk profession, as are doctors, for developing varicose veins from prolonged periods of standing.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by North Country Thoracic & Vascular

If you have a family history of varicose veins you will be more prone to develop them. You may want to go to the higher compression. These are the general guidelines found on most websites. Knee high can sometime cause more problems because they cut off the flow of competent veins at the knee. You may want to consider thigh high or pantyhose. These are often less expensive through a physician's office than the local medical supplier; call around.
8-15 MMHG LIGHT COMPRESSION is recommended for:
**Tired, Achy Legs
**Mild Fatigue
**Occupations with long periods of sitting or standing
15-20 MMHG THERAPEUTIC COMPRESSION is recommended for:
**Discomfort from spider veins
**Relief from minor leg swelling
**Relief of tired aching legs
**Relief of leg discomfort during pregnancy
** Minor varicose veins
**For wear following sclerotherapy

Published on Jun 18, 2011

Answered by North Country Thoracic & Vascular (View Profile)

If you have a family history of varicose veins you will be more prone to develop them. You may want to go to the higher compression. These are the general guidelines found on most websites. Knee high can sometime cause more problems because they cut off the flow of competent veins at the knee. You may want to consider thigh high or pantyhose. These are often less expensive through a physician's office than the local medical supplier; call around.
8-15 MMHG LIGHT COMPRESSION is recommended for:
**Tired, Achy Legs
**Mild Fatigue
**Occupations with long periods of sitting or standing
15-20 MMHG THERAPEUTIC COMPRESSION is recommended for:
**Discomfort from spider veins
**Relief from minor leg swelling
**Relief of tired aching legs
**Relief of leg discomfort during pregnancy
** Minor varicose veins
**For wear following sclerotherapy

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

If you have no varicose veins and only some spiders then 15 to 20 mm Hg compression should be adequate. If you have varicose then 20 to 30 should be adequate. More severe varicose veins may require 30 to 40 but these are hard to get on and off and most people complain about them.

Published on Jun 12, 2011

Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center (View Profile)

If you have no varicose veins and only some spiders then 15 to 20 mm Hg compression should be adequate. If you have varicose then 20 to 30 should be adequate. More severe varicose veins may require 30 to 40 but these are hard to get on and off and most people complain about them.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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