Compression Hosiery, A Man's Best Friend
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.