9 Best Compression Stockings for Nurses

compression stockings for nurses

Prolonged standing may not only cause discomfort, varicose veins, and fatigue among nurses, but also decrease their level of mental alertness. As nurses, we cannot afford to be physically and mentally tired especially when we are on duty.

Also Read: How Nurses Can Prevent Varicose Veins – 8 Tips

The good news is that we can avoid them by stretching often, sitting when possible and choosing a comfortable pair of nursing shoes. Wearing compression stockings is also extremely important for you to prevent lower body fatigue.


What are compression stockings?

Compression stockings encourage venous return by applying pressure to your lower extremities, thus alleviating fatigue and preventing varicose veins.

Nurses are urged to wear compression stockings that fit them best. The stockings come in different levels of tightness, so nurses need to measure their legs first before purchasing.

Stockings that are under 10mmHg are not that efficient when it comes to relieving leg fatigue, and those above 20mmHg may be slightly uncomfortable. The best range should be around 15 to 20 mmHg only.

Measurement of legs must be done in the morning prior to any possible venous pooling in the middle of the day. The circumference of the bilateral ankle, calves, and thighs, and the measurement from foot to knee or foot to thigh should be determined.

If you don’t wear compression stockings, but are planning to purchase, we suggest the following list of nine of the best compression stockings/hose/socks for nurses:


1. Pintoli/Fytto Style 1020 Women’s Comfy Compression Socks, 15-20mmHg, Knee High, Black, Medium Size

These socks have been designed to help in driving blood from feet back to the heart. They help reduce swollen legs and promote blood flow. They are 25% Spandex and 75% Nylon.

Pro: Thickness has been added to the heel to provide stability.

Con: It is difficult to determine the size, and you might end up purchasing socks that are too tight.



2. Fytto Style 1067 Men’s Comfy Travel and Dress Compression Socks, 15-20mmHg, Knee High, Large, Black

These socks feature a non-restrictive band for maximum wear time without skin irritation. They are designed to increase blood circulation and help prevent leg swelling.

Pro: Its breathable fabric ensures comfortable and snug fit.

Cons: It is difficult to determine the size, and you might end up purchasing socks that are too tight.



3. Fytto Style 1007 Women’s Ultra Sheer Moderate Compression Socks, 15-20mmhg, Knee High, Nude, Small Size

Offered in nude or black color, these socks come with reinforced heel and toe at 15 to 20mmHg. They are designed to increase blood circulation as well as relieve lower body stress.

Pro: The fabric used is really soft, but gives enough compression.

Con: They are made of very thin material which makes them very difficult to put on.



4. Kendall Ted Knee Length Anti Embolism Stockings Medium Regular Length White – 1 Pair – Model 7115

These knee-length stockings are ideal for those who need to avoid blood clots. They provide excellent therapeutic compression and are very easy to wear and take off.

Pro: The price is very reasonable.

Con: The stockings easily wear out.



5. Dr. Scholl’s Men’s 1 Pair OTC Compression Support Socks, Black, Large


Made of 94% Nylon and 6% Spandex, these support socks help eliminate and prevent varicose veins while reducing leg fatigue.

Pro: They are easy to put on and fit very comfortably.

Con: The compression level is 20-30mmHg and may be too tight for some people.



6. Ted Anti-embolism Stockings Knee Length Open Toe, White, Small/Regular Length – 1 ea

These inspection toe anti-embolism stockings are excellent in reducing venous stasis and ensuring proper blood flow. They are made with 86% Spandex and 14% Nylon and are especially designed with the inspection toe opening for easy medical examination access.

Pro: There is a specially designed knee band that minimizes slippage without constricting circulation.

Con: Can be too tight or too long. You have to be careful with the sizes and measurements prior to purchase.



7. Fytto Style 1066 Unisex Classic Moderate Compression Socks, 15-20mmHg, Knee High, White, 2 Extra Large Size

If you need thick and warm socks for summer or you’re just looking around for something that can increase blood circulation and prevent your legs from swelling, then these socks are definitely for you. Materials include 65% cotton, 25% Spandex and 10% nylon.

Pros: They are comfortably soft and very durable.

Cons:Can be too tight or too long. You have to be careful with the sizes and measurements prior to purchase; they are very difficult to put on and take off.



8. Lumiscope Arch Easer Pair

These are elastic compression wraps that can help relieve arch-related foot pain. They can immediately relieve foot pain and are made with tough, thick and heavy elastic.

Pro: They provide a great support even with shoes on.

Con: Sometimes just wouldn’t stay in place.



9. McKesson Medi Pak Anti Embolism Thigh High Stocking Large Regular Length – 1 Pair – Model 84-42

These come with no-bind, stay-up top and formed heel pockets. They are designed for graduated compression and definitely helps alleviate lower body fatigue.

Pro: They are easy to wash.

Con: It takes a while to get used to wearing them, because they will feel too light at first.


Stockings that help with proper blood circulation are vital especially for those who stand all day  like nurses. What compression stockings have you tried? What are their good and bad qualities? Share them with us!


About the Author: Mary Elizabeth Velarmino Francisco earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from the Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Philippines. She is always happy to share her passion for writing and blogging. With coffee running through her veins, she enthusiastically battles each day, one article at a time.