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How to choose compression hosiery

  • How to choose compression hosiery

    The most important things to consider while choosing compression stockings are compression level, model and size.

    Compression is measured in mmHg and is indicated for each product. You will always find two figures (eg. 15/18 mmHg) – whereas the higher figure indicates compression of lower part of the products and lower – at the upper part of the product. Such gradually decreasing compression ensures smooth leg vein blood circulation, helps to pump blood from bottom to top. According to European Union standards UNI ENV 12718, compression products are divided into classes according to compression level. Below in this article you will find a table, which will help you to evaluate what compression level you need. By the way, compression stockings with compression level up to 18/21 mmHg (140 den) are recommended to wear for preventive purposes, even if you don‘t have any vein problems. This is particularly important for those who's jobs are related with long standing or sitting, especially with long flights or car trips. More about venous diseases and compression therapy.

    Model. The offer is really wide - tights, leggings, hold ups, socks; opaque and transparent, classic and patterned; open and closed fingers ... Main Solidea products structured according to the model and the level of compression you will find in the table below, we hope that it will help you to make a choice.

    Size. Usually it is recommended to chose the size according to weight and height ratio table (for tights, leggings and hold ups) or shoe size for socks. Size charts are listed under each item, but here are some general tips:

    • If the height and weight ratio is borderline between two sizes, it is recommended to choose smaller size.
    • Pregnant women are recommended to choose according their the height and weight before pregnancy.
    • Patients with diabetes are recommended to choose a model with open toes
    • In all cases, especially if you have a non-standard figure or your legs are especially swollen, it is recommended to doublecheck with the circumferences table. It is recommended to make measurements in the morning, when your legs are not swollen yet.

    If you have any questions about the size, model or compression, we will be always happy to advise you by phone +370 686 17010, or e-mail

    Preventive and therapeutic stockings, tights and supports are classified, regarding compression, in compliance with Experimental European Standard UNI ENV 12718.


    Graduated compression should not be used in the presence of the following pathologies:

    • Arterial pathology: compression of small size arteries would further reduce blood passage, creating pain and reduced blood supply
    • Diabetes with neuropathy (pain of peripheral nerves following alteration of glucose metabolism)
    • Moist dermatosis (reddened skin, abraded surface, secretion of serous fluid)
    • Ongoing skin ulcer( not caused by venous insufficiency)
    • Crural eczema
    • Disorders of arterial circulation
    • Raynaud’s disease (arterial pathology with damage to the artery wall)


     Class  mmHg  Den (only Solidea)  Indications
     A (preventive)  10–14 30 den – 8/11 mmHg
    70 den - 12/15 mmHg
    • Predisposed persons
    • Swollen legs, mild oedema, teleangiectasias
    • Pregnancy 
     CLASS I Light  15–17   100 den – 15/18 mmHg
    • Predisposed persons
    • Swollen legs, mild oedema, teleangiectasias
    • Post-sclerotherapy of telangiectasias
    • Varicose veins
    • Oedema during pregnancy
     CLASS I Hight  18–21   140 den – 18/21 mmHg
    • Predisposed persons
    • Swollen legs, mild oedema, teleangiectasias
    • Varicose veins
    • Truncal varicose veins
    • Varicose veins with substantial oedema
    • Post-varicectomy
    • Post-sclerotherapy
    • Arthrosis of the foot and knee 
     CLASS II  23–32 25/32 mmHg
    • Post-thrombotic syndrome
    • During treatment of ulcers
    • Post-trauma treatment
    • Angiodysplasias
    • Deep venous thrombosis
    • Deep venous insufficiency
    • Reversible lymphoedema
     CLASS III      34-36     34-36 mmHg
    • Severe edema 
    • Chronic hypodermititis 
    • Irreversible lymphedema

     Main Solidea models according to compression level

    Compression level Preventive Preventive Therapeutic Ccl.1 (light)



    Therapeutic Ccl.2 Therapeutic Ccl.3
    Compression mmHg 8/11 mmHg 12/15 mmHg 15/18 mmHg


    18/21 mmHg

    25/32 mmHg 34-36 mmHg
     Den  30 den  70 den  100 den  140 den    
     Wonder model (with shaping panties)  Wonder model 30, sheer  Wonder model 70, sheer    Wonder model 140, opaque  Wonder model CCl2, opaque*,**  
     Naomi (with foot sole pampers feet)  Naomi 30, sheer  Naomi 70, sheer  Naomi 100, sheer  Naomi 140, sheer    
     Micromassage magic (with micromassage panties)  Magic 30, sheer  Magic 70, sheer    Magic 140, sheer    
     Red wellness (with infrared rays effect)     Red wellness 70, opaque    Red wellness 140, opaque    
     Microrete (fishnet imitation fabric)    Microrete 70, fishnet imitation fabric        
     Chantal, Rachel (fashion)    Chantal 70, Rachel 70        
     Rosella (sheer, raindrop pattern)    Rosella 70, sheer        
     Marlene pois (opaque, polka-dot pattern)    Marlene pois 70, opaque        

     Wonder model maman (with comfort waistband)    WM Maman 70, sheer    WM Maman 140 sheer, WM Maman 140 opaque    
     Magic maman (with micromassage panties)    Magic Maman 70, sheer        

     Red wellness (with infrared rays effect)     Red Wellness leggings 70, opaque        
     Leggings Maman     Leggings Maman 70 den, opaque        
     Thigh highs            
     Marilyn (with stretch silicone band)  Marilyn 30, sheer  Marilyn 70, sheer, Marilyn 70, opaque  

     Marilyn 140, sheer 

     Marilyn CCl2, opaque*,**  Marilyn CCl3, opaque*,**
     Brigitte microrete (fishnet imitation pattern)    Brigitte micro rete 70 den        
     Miss relax (swith foot sole pampers feet)    Miss relax 70, sheer  Miss relax 100, sheer      
     Relax unisex (both for men and women, with foot sole pampers feet)    Relax unisex 70, opaque    Relax unisex 140, opaque  Relax unisex CCl2, opaque*,**  Relax unisex CCl3, opaque*,**
     Miss relax microrete (fishnet imitation pattern)    Miss relax microrete 70