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Compression Hosiery: What class do I need for my recovery ?

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When buying compression hosiery, no matter the reason, it is vital to purchase medical grade graduated compression hosiery only.

As the term suggests, graduated compression improves blood flow back to the heart by providing more compression at the ankle than at the top of the sock or stockings.

If the compression is the same throughout, then in effect, the hosiery will ‘squeeze’ the blood vessels and lymphatic system making it more difficult for the fluid to flow back up the leg.

So beware of cheap brands that don’t use ‘graduated compression’ in their terminology. Medical grade graduated compression hosiery is classed by the amount of compression provided at the ankle and the top.

Class 1, Class 2 or Class 3 compression hosiery for my recovery?

The class of compression is measured by mmHg (millimetres of Mercury). Brands do vary slightly with the amount of compression but in general, the following rules apply:


  • CCL I (Compression Class One) 15mmHg to 21mmHg
  • CCL II (Compression Class Two) 20mmHg to 32mmHg
  • CCL III (Compression Class Three) 30mmHg to 40mmHg

Now that we are clear on what graduated compression is, let’s look at the different types of hosiery available here at Bodyment:



These white socks and stockings are designed for wear only during or immediately after a surgical procedure or childbirth. They are also used for those that are unable to walk (non ambulatory).

Whilst they are graduated compression (usually from 8 to 18mmHg) they are NOT designed to be worn as travel socks or for wear by those able to walk and move about freely.

BodyAid unisex anti-embolism TED style stockings in white with an open toe.

Class One is ideal for those with mild Vascular or Lymphatic issues.

As these garments are designed for wear everyday, they can help prevent further deterioration of the blood vessels and also keep your legs feeling good all day long.

Perfect for nurses or anyone on their feet for long hours. Ideal to wear as a travel sock. Class I graduated compression socks are also brilliant to wear before, during and after exercise.

Bodyment has a huge assortment of Class I graduated compression socks. From sports socks to elegant sheer socks, we have just what you need.

Compression Socks for Nurses Australia

Class Two is usually worn when there is a significant vascular or lymphatic issue such as lymphedema. This compression class of hosiery works well for reducing swelling of the ankles and offers significant support for more severe varicose veins.

 Bodyment proudly sells the Sigvaris Cotton range of knee high socks that help with temperature regulation, are softer and easier to put on than other CCL II hosiery and are gentler on the legs. We also have the trusted Jobst brand and Medical Grade knee high, thigh high, chaps style and pantyhose. 

If you will be having a procedure on your vascular system, like vein stripping, laser ablation or sclerotherapy, your Doctor will probably ask you to wear Class II compression hosiery for a few weeks after surgery.

Often, chaps style is preferred when only one leg is being treated. This style can be worn on either leg and has an adjustable Velcro waistband. Thigh High stockings are also recommended for wear if having procedures on both legs. Again, each stocking can be worn on either leg. After surgery, your Doctor may prefer you to choose an open toe option. 

These are the strongest compression socks we sell. Usually, patients are prescribed Class III socks if they suffer from severe Vascular Disease or Lymphedema.

These socks and stockings are not recommended to be worn unless prescribed by your Health Professional.


Bodyment Sigvaris Magic Maternity Panyhose Black Closed

Designed to improve blood flow for more energy and help prevent the buildup of lactic acid, the fantastic CEP compression socks from Bodyment are fantastic.

In a variety of styles and brilliant colours, these CEP socks really do help prevent those painful cramps. Perfect for any sport and can be worn every day.

Sigvaris and Jobst now have added medical grade graduated compression sports socks to their collections. More and more athletes are discovering the benefits of wearing quality compression during and after exercise.

CEP Compression Low Cut Socks Mint

Compression Hosiery Sizing

Prior to placing your order, we highly recommend taking some measurements to ensure the correct fit of your socks. Please note down your shoe size, length from knee to floor, ankle circumference and calf circumference.

It is best to take these measurements first thing in the morning before your legs start to swell. Not all information requested is necessary for all products, but it’s best to be prepared ahead of time.

Our Customer Service team is always happy to assist with sizing so please feel free to email us during our online hours.

Most health funds will pay a benefit towards the cost of medical compression socks, but please check with your fund for eligibility. 

Jobst stocked at Bodyment

Need help knowing what Class of Compression Hosiery is right for you?

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