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Compression Hosiery, A Man's Best Friend

Updated on December 15, 2009

Even if you're not a man who likes to wear feminine things, even if you're the sort of man who would rather run about naked than wear something that looks like a woman might wear it (in which case, you should probably also scream 'girl cooties' at the top of your lungs a lot,) you may be a man who finds a soft spot for support pantyhose.

Also known as compression hosiery, support pantyhose can help significantly alleviate the pain of varicose veins, swelling, post-surgical edema, spider veins, and many other kinds of leg related ailments. Compression hosiery in the form of support pantyhose and support stockings can make a huge difference in the lives of men afflicted with these conditions.

Compression hosiery comes in different grades, depending on the level of support you need. Mild cases of leg pain can be alleviated by a compression hosiery with a grade of 12-18 mmHg (support hosiery is graded according to how much mercury it can lift.) More serious pain is better treated by compression hosiery with a rating of 20-30 mmHg. For severe pain and issues, it is also possible to purchase 30-40mmHg.


It's easy to write off aching legs as just another symptom of growing older, but its a symptom not just of age, but of your body needing support. Your legs have done a great deal of work over their lifetimes, and when they start to ache and complain, it is only fair that you reward them with a bit of support. Many men find that their quality of life improves significantly after they start wearing compression hosiery.

Compression hosiery should not be confused with women's pantyhose, though there are certain styles of compression hosiery for women and men made in the form of pantyhose. Women often need compression hosiery during pregnancy, and there is no reason why men cannot also take advantage of the full leg relief that compression pantyhose provide.

Wearing compression hosiery may help keep you mobile for longer, and get you back to enjoying the activities you once enjoyed. For some men, that may be jogging along the beach with the dog, for other men, that may be walking down the road hitting miscreants with a cane (assuming you're something like the new movie incarnation of Sherlock Holmes, that is.)

Though it is more expensive than your average hosiery, compression hosiery isn't a fashion statement, it's an often necessary tool to keep you happy, healthy and on the go.

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      I Know Who I Am 

      8 years ago

      Hi, I was prescribed Grade 4 Compression Stockings a few years ago. They are below knee, very thick and quite difficult to slip on. In fact, if anyone is prescribed Grade 4's, add about 5 minutes to your morning dressing routine because they do take a while to pull on. They are also quite difficult to remove, but with time, technique, this becomes less of a problem. I don't have much upper body strength so it is quite hard to take them off, but with daily usage, it is getting easier. The stockings are immensely comfortable, and have actually helped in keeping me healthy. A lot of people have told me that they look pretty sexy, so wearing them has its compensations. I usually wear them around 8am, and then remove them before bedtime. Occasionally I start to feel some discomfort by around 9pm, because they are very tight. If I am at home, I take them off around the time they start to cause discomfort, but otherwise, I only take them off just before I go to bed. Compression hosiery is not about looking manly or whatever. In a lot of people's cases, it is in their interests to wear them. If they don't because of some misguided idea of machismo, then I guess it is those guys who would suffer. Clothes are clothes. In the West, we seem to be quite particular what we can and cannot wear, but in countries like Tokyo in Japan, sometimes it is hard to tell the girls from the boys because their idea of gender is not limited to what one chooses to wear. It is common to see guys with long straight hair, and tight fitting clothes, and skirt-like garments that are worn over jeans or trousers. People carve their own individual identity out, and I think it is very liberating. When it comes to clothes you must wear for medical purposes, there is even more reason to get past the prejudices. I am sure most men here will agree with that sentiment.

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      martinus 

      8 years ago

      Yes, I have to wear full length support hose or stockings. The problem is that this "supporter's" immensly raise the temperature when wearing pants, that extends the tissue and the effect will be that it's getting worse with leg pain.

      I dicovered that and first time nobody would believe me until legs became totally blue colored.

      After a treatment in the hospital I got a prescription never to wear support-hose with pants, only with skirts and dresses.

      Every body reacts differently, and since I am wearing supporter's the pain is almost gone, and I can wear now stockings/panthose grade II. A big step toward better health - without pants but with skirts and dresses.

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      martinus 

      8 years ago

      Yes, I have to wear full length support hose or stockings. The problem is that this "supporter's" immensly raise the temperature when wearing pants, that extends the tissue and the effect will be that it's getting worse with leg pain.

      I dicovered that and first time nobody would believe me until legs became totally blue colored.

      After a treatment in the hospital I got a prescription never to wear support-hose with pants, only with skirts and dresses.

      Every body reacts differently, and since I am wearing supporter's the pain is almost gone, and I can wear now stockings/panthose grade II. A big step toward better health - without pants but with skirts and dresses.

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      Philipo 

      8 years ago from Nigeria

      Very educative. Thanks for sharing.

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      Chris Norman 

      8 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Great hubs Nick National guard

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