Compression tights

Compression tights represent a basic therapy for patients with or at risk of varicose veins. This type of support tights may be recommended by a doctor. They offer a beneficial treatment for venous disorders, especially during pregnancy to prevent fluid build-up in the ankles. Manufactured in a circular (or round) knit fashion, these garment looks like normal opaque stockings, but they offer an effective firm support that improves venous circulation. There are many reasons why wearing medical compression is recommended.

mediven maternity compression tights offer a soft panty section which grows with the tummy throughout all three trimesters of your pregnancy with minimum compression for maximum comfort. You look after your growing baby and medi will look after your ankles and legs. A doctor can decide on the use of medical compression tights and look at possible contraindications, reasons why they may not be appropriate.

Early development of swelling, (mild swelling) will also benefit from this type of compression, as would aching legs from varicose veins. Pregnancy can also be the pre-cursor to developing varicose veins due to the weight of the growing abdomen on the legs. mediven compression garments can prevent these conditions getting worse, alleviate the ache and prevent fluid build-up in the ankles. Compression is also effective during pregnancy as it improves the venous circulation in the mother to be, and also improves the circulation to the growing baby.

All our mediven range of compression are latex free, making them safe, skin friendly and easy to clean (washing machine and tumble drying). mediven fabrics use modern technology and therefore they offer wicking properties – this ensures you feel warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

The concept of graduated compression hosiery is such that hosiery should be knitted to apply an ever decreasing pressure from the ankle to the thigh, or in the case of below knee hosiery, from the ankle to the knee. The degree of this graduation is laid down in the RAL standard or Hohenstein tested hosiery and British Standard BS 6612:1985. There are slight differences between the graduation requirements on the two specifications. This guarantees safe, comfortable and therapeutic compression for use during exercise or even when relaxing and is worn during the day and removed at night (unless otherwise directed by the Specialist).

How do compression tights work?

The concept of graduated compression hosiery is such that hosiery should be knitted to apply an ever decreasing pressure from the ankle to the thigh, or in the case of below knee hosiery, from the ankle to the knee. The degree of this graduation is laid down in the RAL standard or Hohenstein tested hosiery and British Standard BS 6612:1985. There are slight differences between the graduation requirements on the two specifications. This guarantees safe, comfortable and therapeutic compression for use during exercise or even when relaxing. The tights are worn during the day and removed at night (unless otherwise directed by your doctor).

There are different levels of compression, the higher the compression class, the bigger is the effect. Your doctor will choose the right class for you. Usually compression tights go up to a class 2. Stockings or socks are an option where there are higher classes available if needed.

Maternity tights by medi

mediven maternity tights offer a soft panty section which grows with the tummy throughout all three trimesters of your pregnancy, with minimum compression for maximum comfort. Compression is effective during pregnancy as it improves the venous circulation in the mother-to-be, and also improves the circulation to the growing baby. You look after your growing baby and medi will look after your ankles and legs. A doctor can decide on the use of medical compression tights and look at possible contraindications, reasons why they may not be appropriate.

Conditions treated with compression

Tights for graduated compression are a well-known therapy method during pregnancy, but a variety of venous conditions can be reduced or prevented with compression. Early development of swelling (mild swelling) will benefit from this type of compression, as would aching legs from varicose veins. Pregnancy can also be the pre-cursor to developing varicose veins due to the weight of the growing abdomen on the legs. Thrombosis and oedema in the legs are common indications that benefit from compression therapy. mediven compression garments can prevent these conditions and symptoms from getting worse, alleviate the ache and prevent fluid build-up in the ankles.

Comfortable wear and easy cleaning

All our mediven range of compression hosiery are latex free, making them safe and skin friendly. mediven fabrics use modern technology and offer moisture wicking properties. Sweat is quickly guided from your skin to the outside of the tights, letting you stay dry and comfortable. This ensures you feel warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Putting on compression hosiery

To put the tights on, you simply put your foot into the toe part and roll the tights up your legs. If you have trouble with that, either because of the strong compressive effect or from reduced mobility, medi offers a range of tools to help you. Rubber gloves make it easier to grip the material and pull it up, whereas butlers ensure that the tights stay in place, letting you put your legs in and then pull the handles up to slide the hosiery up your legs. There are also aids for taking off your compression tights more easily.

Finding the right size

With compression hosiery it is especially important to choose the correct size for you, since the right fit doesn't just mean that they're comfortable and don't slip, but it also influences the therapeutic effect. Some tights are suitable for men and women and offer a wide range of sizes. Check our size charts and instructions on how and where to measure to determine the best size for you before you order.

Caring for your compression hosiery

All medi tights can be machine washed and tumbled dry at low temperatures. Please always check the specific washing instructions that come with your product before cleaning it. Generally, you should avoid direct heat since that affects the fibres and makes them less elastic over time, which would worsen both the fit and the compressive effect of the tights. That means your tights should not be ironed or dry-cleaned. Bleaching is also not recommended.

Modern styles

Medical compression garments are usually known for their unflattering look, but medi is offering tights in elegant as well as fun colours. These can easily be integrated into your regular wardrobe and aren't distinguishable from normal women's tights. Another benefit of compression clothes is the smooth look and attractive silhouette they give you. Take a look at the different lines of products to find the one that's not just offering health benefits but comes in the design that works for you and your personal style.

High quality compression hosiery made in Germany

The company medi uses medical knowledge to help you live a healthier, more comfortable life. All of our products are made in Germany under strict quality guidelines to ensure that you receive socks, tights and more that last a long time. We constantly work on improving our products so we can continue to offer our customers high-performance compression garments, braces and more. In our online shop you can find many more categories with items for a healthier life.

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