Showdown: The CS6 Compression Calf Sleeve vs. Compression Stockings

Compression stockings have been a mainstay treatment of the vascular health community for decades now.  The simple reason: they work. If you're suffering from chronic venous insufficiency (CVT), varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), or any other conditions that can potentially affect the circulation of blood in the lower extremities, you can bet your doctor is going to discuss prescribing compression stockings to help.

What are compression stockings?

Basically, compression stockings are stockings or socks that are made of a tight material like Spandex.  They are worn to aid the blood vessels in the leg to efficiently carry blood back up to the heart.  Compressive, tight material[/caption] Due to the effect of gravity, high blood pressure, and other factors, the blood vessels in the legs often become too elastic and stretch to the point that the valves inside that normally help them keep blood moving in the right direction no longer form a proper seal.  The result can be a pooling of blood, swelling in the lower legs, ankles, and feet, and even the forming of blood clots, which can be very dangerous.  Not to mention pain and discomfort, especially after you've been standing for a while. Compression stockings worn over the affected area compress the blood vessels and surrounding tissue to ensure the blood moves more quickly and efficiently, lessening these symptoms dramatically. In addition, compression socks and calf sleeves have been found to have a dramatic effect on muscle recovery and the relief of pain associated with exercise.  They are used routinely by many long-distance runners, marathoners, and athletes in numerous sports to help reduce time between workouts and help ease tired, achy legs and feet. This dual benefit has created two fairly distinct compression sock/stocking industries, one serving the medical community, and one serving sports enthusiasts.

What is the CS6 Compression Calf Sleeve?

The CS6 Compression Calf Sleeve by OrthoSleeve is an alternative to standard compression stockings and socks, with equally effective benefits for both medical and sports applications. Like some compression stockings, the CS6 uses medical grade graduated compression designed to ease blood flow in the lower leg.  Unlike standard compression stockings, however, the CS6 uses the patent pending Compression Zone Technology® along with anatomically accurate form to provide medical grade orthopedic support to the calf muscles, the Achilles tendon, and the shin structure. In addition, the CS6 is made of non-latex material that is thin, light, and comfortable to wear, even for long periods.  Plus, it's easy to get on and off, unlike compression stockings, which means you're more likely to actually wear it when you need to.

The Showdown:

Frankly, compression stockings work.  No one is saying otherwise.  If you have a venous condition of the legs and your doctor prescribes a compression stocking, wearing them is the right thing to do. However, the experiences of OrthoSleeve customers has shown beyond a doubt that the CS6 Compression Calf Sleeve is just as effective as standard compression stockings for treating venous conditions of the leg and for speeding up muscle recovery during and after exercise.  But it also adds the following benefits that standard compression stockings can't replicate:
  • Easy-on / easy-off design
  • 100% latex-free
  • Aids in muscle recovery after a workout
  • Supports calf, shin, and Achilles tendon during activity, reducing chances of injury
  • Relieves tired, achy legs

In the end, it's really no contest. If your doctor has prescribed compression stockings, you'd be doing yourself a favor to seriously consider the CS6 Compression Calf Sleeve instead.   Photo credit: Foter / CC BY-SA

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