Looking back at my photos, I realised that I bought some compression socks (and made a quick post on Instagram about them) many months ago, but they never made it to the blog. I’ve already written a fairly lengthy post on compression stockings, with reviews of everything from sports compression tights (2XUs, Skins etc) to Juzo compression stockings to cheap beige maternity stockings, so if you want to know the basics of compression garments for the treatment of POTS, head over there first.
Although I’d tried many traditional compression stockings – 20-30mmHg, thigh- or waist-high, made from a thin and non-breathable synthetic blend, I didn’t have anything less heavy-hitting in my stocking wardrobe for days when I didn’t need much compression. Enter compressionsockshop.com.au, a store selling, among other things, cotton-blend knee high socks in a variety of colours and patterns.
Being knee high and only 15-21mmHg compression, they are less supportive than the full hose. They’re still enough to stop my feet turning purple and swollen, though I understand some may require greater compression, particularly those prone to more swelling. I found them more comfortable than, say, TEDs, but you still might find the knee band painful if you have sensitive skin in that area.
What I like best about the socks (besides their fantastic prints!) is the feel. As someone with sensory issues, the sweaty, synthetic traditional compression stockings are only just bearable, but these feel much more like regular socks. They are a 54% cotton, 40% polyamide, 6% elastane blend. I’m usually sensitive to polyester in my clothing, but these were very wearable. The fabric is also thicker, and therefore more suited for colder months, than regular hose.
For just $23AUD I’d highly recommend these stockings. They’re perfect if you like ridiculous novelty socks, don’t want/need to wear tights all the time or if you prefer a more natural-feeling fibre.
compressionsockshop.com.au also offer nylon and bamboo hose, maternity tights and diabetic circulation socks. (Not a sponsored post.)