Medical PantyhoseMedical pantyhose are designed to help relieve certain medical conditions through the compression effect which they exert on the wearer’s legs. Medical pantyhose come in a wide range of styles and compression classes (that’s right, based on the level of compression produced by these pantyhose, they are classified into Mild, Strong, Class 1 and Class 2 – compression is measured in mmHg).
The class of medical hosiery includes a whole bunch of various hosiery genres. There are socks (travel socks are designed to relieve the effects of travel stress and fatigue for people prone to develop swelling in their feet in response to the above said stimuli), knee-highs, stockings and pantyhose. The common denominator among all these types of hosiery is that they aim to help through compression. Special medical pantyhose (also known as surgical pantyhose) may feature various reinforced areas where the compression effect is more accentuated than elsewhere.
Special medical stockings (like the anti-embolism ones), may be worn on only one of the legs or on both.
Maternity pantyhose are meant to ease the bodily stress produced by the effects of child-bearing.
We may have said on other pages on this website that pantyhose are mainly about style and that the look they create on the wearer’s legs is their primary goal. While we still uphold that view, we also admit that medical pantyhose represent an exception in this respect.
For these tights, style doesn’t matter one bit. They put hosiery-technology in the service of mankind in a far more useful and beneficial way, therefore discussing style considerations when talking about medical pantyhose doesn’t make any sort of sense. Given their practical nature, don’t expect such medical tights to be cheap either. A pair of medical pantyhose will likely set you back close to or in excess of $50.