At the end of the day, do you find that your feet and legs are throbbing and sore? How can you make tired, aching legs feel better? And how can you prevent leg problems in the first place?

What you put on top of them could well be the key to better health for that all important part of your body!

What is medical compression hosiery?

You may have come across compression socks or stockings if you have had an operation recently, as the NHS is a firm believer in their ability to prevent blood clots.

It's also sometimes recommended that women wear special socks for varicose vein treatment. And, there are tights for varicose vein treatment too.

If you don’t fall into those categories, it may well still be worth you adding medical hosiery to your clothing collection, especially if you are on your feet a lot, or you are vulnerable to thrombosis.

What to wear when flying?

Compression hosiery is a great idea for if you are flying. Sitting down in a pressurised aircraft can leave you vulnerable to something called DVT.

This means Deep Vein Thrombosis. It’s a blood clot that can develop within a deep vein in your body. Research has shown that it's particularly common in legs after flying.

Tights to help with healing

Medical tights are also a great way of protecting your legs if you have a skin condition that leaves them cracked, sore or itchy. Or, if you have wounds and scratches that are slow to heal.

Compression hosiery designed for style

If your first thought was that compression tights are bound to be thick, ugly things, then think again!

The companies who manufacture this range of products know that you will want something that does you good, but that also looks good. They have developed methods of using the specialist yarn in a way that still creates a smooth and attractive finish. And you have colour choices.

The sort of compression hosiery you can buy for everyday use is discreet and attractive.

Watch your step

The trick is to make sure you get the right size. The basic principle is that your compression socks and compression tights should support your feet, ankles and legs with just the right amount of pressure.

Just a word of caution here. Though compression hosiery offers many advantages for women of all builds and ages, there are certain medical conditions that make wearing it inadvisable. You should check with your GP if you have diabetes, vascular or cardiac issues.