In a previous post, we discussed how compression men garments can help guys with varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis, and other circulatory concerns. But many guys may still balk at the idea of wearing compression stockings, even when their doctors highly recommend it. To make things easier, we’ve included a few tips that may make wearing stockings for men more bearable.
Tip #1: First get a good fit
Compression socks that are too loose are likely to sag, bag, and generally cause you frustration, whereas stockings that are too tight can literally cut you off at the knees, making even walking difficult. What you need is a just-right fit. From the comfort of your own home, the best way to do that is to check out the manufacturers’ size chart and following their measuring instructions. The major manufacturers, including Sigvaris, Juzo, Jobst, and Mediven, all offer sizing information and measuring instructions online. That way you’ll get the fit that’s right for you.
Tip #2: Invest in a few color choices
Compression hosiery for men comes in a variety of color choices, but because of the potential expense, you may be hesitant to order more than one pair. If at all possible, buy at least one dark pair and one light pair of stockings so you won’t be tempted to leave them at home because they don’t match your pants. Juzo makes pairs in navy and khaki.
Tip #3: Get them on easily
These stockings can be tough to get on, even for the most macho. Try slipping on a pair of latex gloves so your hands don’t snag the stocking’s fibers, and remove all rings before putting on your stockings.
Tip #4: Buy brands that last
You can purchase compression gear for men over the counter at most drugstores and pharmacies, but you may find your money better spent going for quality. Manufacturers such as Sigvaris, Mediven, Juzo, and Jobst offer quality products for not much more than drugstore brands, and they’re made to last for months and years instead of a matter of weeks.
There are ways to get cheap medical stockings, too.