If you’re familiar with compression stockings you’ll know that they come in different brands, sizes and strengths and are worn for comfort, athletic performance and medical conditions like pregnancy, varicose veins and peripheral artery disease.

Basically, compression stockings improve your blood flow. They can lessen pain and swelling in your legs. They can also lower your chances of getting deep vein thrombosis, a kind of blood clot, and other circulation problems.

Often I am asked which compression stockings or socks do I recommend to my patients. I asked my patients to share some of their favorites with me. Remember to speak with your doctor about which style, fit and compression level are best for you.

JOBST® UltraSheer

These black, lightweight and sheer stockings give my varicose veins the support they need while giving me a formal look for holiday parties; they also come in other colors for daytime. – Susan H.

Juzo Softing Leggings

These yoga-style leggings come in a wide assortment of colors and patterns like henna and leopard, and look cute with long shirts, skirts or large sweaters – the mild compression keeps my legs from feeling achy and tired. – Donna P.

Mediven® for Men

For my edema, I like the Mediven socks for men. They have a classic sock design, come in grey, navy, black and tan and look good with a suit or jeans. – Paul S.

Sigvaris 500 Natural Rubber for Men & Women

In the last year I’ve started to use the Sigvaris stocking to stop new venous leg ulcers from occurring. They are kind of plain but do the job. — Matthew J.

Nurse Mates Holiday Socks

Nurse Mates has a great line of compression socks for nurses and other folks on their feet all day. Their holiday sock is a nice change of pace during winter. — Beth W.

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