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Compression Catalogue

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Fact Sheet For Understanding Compression Stockings What are compression stockings? Snug-fitting, stretchy socks that gently squeeze your leg with graduated compression or pressure. They will be tighter around your ankle and get looser as they sit up higher on your leg. Knee high Who should wear compression stockings? Recommended for anyone who has venous disease (abnormal circulatory condition), Lymphoedema, spends time sitting, standing or in a sedentary position including people who have difficulty moving their legs. Compression stockings should be worn with caution for people with: • skin infections • weeping wounds • allergies to garment fabric Thigh high • impaired sensitivity of the limb • immobility (confined to bed) • Stockings should feel snug, but not painfully tight. They need to be firm fitting to do their job and so they may feel tight at first. • It is normal for stockings to be pulled up or repositioned a few times a day. Waist high • Open-toe stockings are often easier to get on and off but are otherwise the same. • Stockings need to be replaced every 3 to 6 months, or when they start to sag or become loose. Tips & Advice Why wear compression stockings? Compression stockings improve blood flow by helping to prevent pain, swelling or build-up of fluid in your legs. They can also lower the chances of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and other circulation problems. What is mmHG? mmHG stands for millimetres of mercury and is the level of pressure or compression of the stocking, usually expressed as a number range. There are 4 main compression levels: • 8-15mmHG [Mild Compression] • 15-20mmHG [Moderate Compression] • 20-30mmHG [Firm Compression] • 30-40mmHG [Extra Firm Compression] The higher the numbers, the higher the compression. The amount of pressure at the top of the stocking is the lower number in the mmHG range, while the higher number is the amount of pressure at the foot of the stocking. Stockings with higher levels of compression (20-30mmHG to 30-40mmHG) will need a prescription from a doctor. Where can you buy stockings from? Independence Australia stocks hundreds of options for compression stockings online at • Compression stockings should be worn even during hot summer months, when legs need the support more than ever. • Handwash gently in warm water with a mild soap or detergent, or in a clothes bag on a gentle machine cycle. Do not use bleach, fabric softeners or hot water. • Before reordering replacements, remeasure legs and if measurements are greater or less than 3cm from original measurement, you may need a new size. Compression Stocking Sizing Charts For your easy reference, the following are the sizing charts for our most popular compression stocking brands. Please refer to a manufacturer’s website or packaging for the most up to date sizing information. JOBST SIZE ANKLE CALF THIGH HIP JOBST ULCERCARE SMALL 18cm - 21cm 29cm -35cm MEDIUM 21cm - 24cm 34cm -41cm LARGE 24cm - 27cm 40cm -47cm EXTRA LARGE 27cm - 30cm 46cm -54cm XX LARGE 30cm - 33cm 48cm -56cm XXX LARGE 33cm - 36cm 50cm -58cm XXXX LARGE 36cm - 39cm 52cm -60cm JOBST ULTRASHEER, FOR MEN, FOR MEN CASUAL, ACTIVEWEAR, SPORT AND RELIEF (MATERNITY) SMALL 18 - 21cm 40cm - 62cm 81cm - 132cm MEDIUM 21 - 25cm 46cm - 70cm 86cm - 142cm LARGE 25 - 29cm 54cm - 78cm 91cm - 152cm EXTRA LARGE 29 - 33cm 60cm - 81cm 112cm - 180cm JOBST ULTRASHEER, FOR MEN, FOR MEN CASUAL, ACTIVEWEAR, SPORT AND RELIEF (UNISEX) SMALL 18cm - 21cm 28cm - 38cm 40cm - 62cm 71cm - 117cm MEDIUM 21cm - 25cm 30cm - 42cm 46cm - 70cm 76cm - 127cm LARGE 25cm - 29cm 32cm - 46cm 54cm - 78cm 81cm - 137cm LARGE FC 25cm - 30cm 46cm - 61cm EXTRA LARGE 29cm - 33cm 34cm - 50cm 60cm - 81cm 102cm - 166cm EXTRA LARGE FC 30cm - 36cm 46cm - 61cm *FC = Full Calf To access a wide range of compression stockings, you can visit for quick and reliable home delivery © Independence Australia Group 2021. No part of this information may be reproduced in whole or in part in any manner without permission. 6 Independence Australia your way Independence Australia your way 7