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Medical compression garments apply external pressure to the leg or arm.

With leg garments, the pressure provided is greatest at the ankle, gradually decreasing up to the thigh. The effect is to increase blood flow velocity and counteract raised venous pressure. This prevents oedema and venous hypertension.

There is a huge range of products to choose from, including fashion stockings for healthier legs at work, through to garments for medical purposes including gloves and arm-sleeves.

Compression garments are assigned a compression class, and measurements are calculated in millimetres of mercury: mm = millimetres; Hg = mercury, as shown in the table below.



Class I

18 - 21 mmHg
(20 - 30)

  • Travelling (Deep Vein Thrombosis)
  • Tired aching legs / long standing or sitting
  • Sport and work
  • Mild oedema or slight varicose veins
  • To prevent varicose veins during pregnancy
Class II 25 - 32 mmHg
(30 - 40)
  • Varicose veins with swelling
  • Chronic venous insufficiency
  • Post sclerotherapy and vein surgery
  • Leg ulcers (after they have healed)
  • Varicose veins during pregnancy
Class III
(with prescription only)
36 - 48 mmHg
(40 - 50)
  • Severe varices with oedema
  • Severe chronic venous insufficiency
  • Post thrombotic syndrome
  • Lymphoedema
Class IV
(refer to therapist)
58 + mmHg
  • Severe Lymphoedema
SilverLine ®
Support Sock
20 - 30 mmHg
  • Antibacterial & antifungal
  • Unisex socks with silver thread
  • Controls athletes foot and chronic foot odour
  • Reduces risk of bacterial infections
SilverLine ®
Diabetic Sock
No compression
  • Loose sock with antimicrobial properties
  • Comfort top with minimum elastic
  • Cotton for moisture absorption
  • Flat seam prevents ulceration and blistering


Compression garments come in a range of colours and styles, plus we can arrange to produce garments made specifically to your requirements with our custom service.

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