Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Prescription vs Over-The Counter (OTC): The REAL Cost of Compression Socks and Stockings!

I've struggled for weeks on how to approach this subject without sounding like a sale's person.

Today, I came across an article that is worded the way I believe is best for everyone to understand....

Here is the article:

At Compressionsocks.pro, we believe we have the best products at a competitive price. Jobst and Mediven have proven themselves to us to have the highest quality socks available. We wear what we sell on a daily basis and like them personally.

There are less expensive brands available and it’s tempting to search for the lowest priced stockings, thinking you’re saving money.  

There are a number of other brands as well, some good, some not so good. When it comes to compression stockings, there are a few considerations before beginning a bargain hunt.

The Real Cost of Compression Stockings - Off-brand stockings may not work as well -Those looking for discount compression stockings may come across drugstore brands or knockoff varieties, and sometimes these brands can perform adequately. But typically, there are hidden problems - the compression level may not be as advertised, or the stockings may be low quality and wear out more quickly. 

Importantly, a quality sock is also SIGNIFCANTLY MORE COMFORTABLE and is therefore worn more often allowing the person the greatest benefit. 

Ultimately, you usually get what you pay for!

Buying Cheap Is Often a Poor Choice 

Compression stockings come in a variety of "gradients" or compression levels.....  

Typically, lighter compression stockings are less expensive than higher compression stockings. 

In fact, there is generally a considerable price difference in price between stockings with compression of less than 20 mm/Hg (8-15 mm/Hg and 15-20 mm/Hg) and stockings with compression of greater than 20 mm/Hg (20-30 mm/Hg and 30-40 mm/Hg).  

This has to do with the increased amount of thread and the manufacturing process necessary to make the higher compression. But stockings in the 8-15 or 15-20 mm/Hg  range, (the less expensive option), help only those people with minor vein problems, such as aching legs from pregnancy or people in careers that have them on their feet a lot.  

People with significant vein problems or suffer with edema (swelling) in the legs, will generally need at least 20-30 mm/Hg of compression to enjoy the true benefit of the stocking. 

If your doctor recommends firmer compression, you may be putting your health at risk if you try to skimp on cost by using a lighter compression than you need. 

If you need compression stockings in the 20-30 mm/Hg or higher range, expect to pay $60 - $75 or more per pair.


It's your choice to make the correct decision for the health of your body. 
You've gone to the doctor for a medical issue and the clinician provided you with a prescription, now it's time for you to do your homework and find the best place to get the correct therapeutic compression garment and if you are like most people, you want your specialty medical garment to match your clothing...if you are a bit of an adventurist there are a multitude of splashy therapeutic compression garments on the market.

Let Salon Rx educate you.  As a Certified Therapeutic Compression Garment fitter, we understand that everyone wants fashion FIRST and then medical socks.  We've paired the 2 together to bring to you in your home or at your office the best fittings possible.  Let us teach you how to wear your compression garment and show you options for assisting in putting them on easier.

When Appearance Matters....

and everyone want's to look their best without anyone knowing knowing their medical condition!


Written by Cynthia McCrea
*Certified Medical Hair-Loss Fitter
*Mastectomy & Asymmetrical Breast Form/Lingerie Fitter
*Certified Therapeutic/Lymphatic Compression Garment Fitter

1 comment:

  1. I can see how these would help some people, I will send this to my mother in law!