Why is my gradient compression garment tighter than my regular pantyhose?
Gradient compression hosiery products are constructed differently than traditional pantyhose. True gradient compression hosiery products feature a controlled amount of pressure that is greatest at the ankle and gradually decreases as it comes up the leg. This graduated compression helps promote better circulation, prevent swelling and energize tired achy legs.
Many women who have never worn gradient compression before feel that these garments are difficult to put on or tighter than traditional pantyhose or tights they have worn. It is this “snug” fit that is providing the graduated pressure. It is very important for women to measure following the guidelines for the gradient compression garment to ensure a proper fit and that they are receiving the benefits of graduated compression.
If pain, discomfort, or areas of binding occur, the stockings should be removed immediately. Always consult with your physician before wearing gradient compression garments.