Which Sigvaris Essential Semitransparent Compression Stockings are right for me?

Thursday, 27 August 2020

The Sigvaris Essential Semitransparent Compression Stockings range is designed for women who want compression stockings that don't compromise on fashion. They feature a semi-transparent design and are available in an array of colours, so you can find the perfect stocking for every occasion.

While this range has an exciting amount of variety, it can be a little daunting to find your perfect pair at first. Not only do you have to choose the correct compression class, you also have to consider aspects like length and toe style. In this guide, we list all of the products in the Essential Semitransparent range and break down their attributes to make your choice a little easier.

A Replacement for the Sigvaris Diaphane Range

If you're looking for an alternative to the now discontinued Sigvaris Diaphane Compression Stocking range, then the Sigvaris Essential Semitransparent range is perfect for you. They are very similar both in terms of look and effectiveness, so you can continue to manage your health in style.

Table of Contents

Knee High Compression Stockings

Sigvaris Essential Semitransparent Class 1 (10 - 15mmHg) Knee High Black Compression Stockings

Class 1 (10 - 15mmHg)

Class 2 (15 - 20mmHg)

Class 3 (20 - 36mmHg)

Knee High Compression Stockings with Open Toe

Class 2 (15 - 20mmHg)

Class 3 (20 - 36mmHg)

Thigh High Compression Stockings

Sigvaris Essential Semitransparent Class 1 (10 - 15mmHg) Thigh Black Compression Stockings

Class 1 (10 - 15mmHg)

Class 2 (15 - 20mmHg)

Class 3 (20 - 36mmHg)

Thigh High Compression Stockings With Open Toe

Class 2 (15 - 20mmHg)

Class 3 (20 - 36mmHg)

Full Length Compression Tights

Sigvaris Essential Semitransparent Class 1 (10 - 15mmHg) Black Compression Tights

Class 1 (10 - 15mmHg)

Class 2 (15 - 20mmHg)

Class 3 (20 - 36mmHg)

Which Class Do I Need?

The Sigvaris Essential Semitransparent Compression Stockings are available in three different classes that provide graded levels of compression. The names of these classes and their compression levels (measured in mmHg) are listed below:

  • Afnor Class 1 (10 - 15mmHg) (10 - 15mmHg)
  • Afnor Class 2 (15 - 20mmHg) (15 - 20mmHg)
  • Afnor Class 3 (20 - 36mmHg) (20 - 36mmHg)

Afnor Class 1 (10 - 15mmHg) is considered a light level of compression, while Afnor Class 2 (15 - 20mmHg) is light - moderate compression and Afnor Class 3 (20 - 36mmHg) is moderate.

Choosing Your Class

As a general guide, the lowest class can improve circulation and be used in the management of leg fatigue. Class 2 (15 - 20mmHg) is suitable for managing mild to moderate conditions like varicose veins or mild oedema. Lastly, Class 3 (20 - 36mmHg) can be used to manage moderate conditions like severe oedema, or superficial phlebitis.

Still, we recommend you always consult a health practitioner before purchasing a certain class of compression stocking if you are unsure of what class you need or if you are dealing with a moderate - severe condition.

Which Style Will Suit Me Best?

These stockings can be purchased as knee and thigh length stockings, as well as full length tights. The right style for you will partially depend on which part of the leg you need to treat, be it the calf, the thigh or the entire leg.

As they are designed to be attractive as well as effective however, these compression stockings also allow you to take your fashion preferences and the season into consideration. You should therefore consider which type of stocking you usually prefer, as well as the type of weather you'll be buying them for.

Open or Closed Toe?

Closed toe stockings may be needed if you require some level of compression in every part of your foot, or if you're feet tend to get cold during the day.

Open toe stockings are better suited to wear with strappy shoes, or if you find excess pressure in your toes uncomfortable. They can also be more comfortable to wear in hot weather as they improve air flow to and from your feet.

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