November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

November is national diabetes awarenss monthDiabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches, and other foods into energy needed for daily life. Diabetes can lead to circulation issues and nerve damage in the feet, which can make it tough for you to feel a blister or sore spot that is developing. Prevention of blisters and sore spots in and on the feet is paramount for diabetics.

Choose the right socks –

  • Socks with little cotton content
  • Socks that create less friction
  • Socks that have extra padding to provide added protection

Whether or not you or someone you know or love is Type 1 or Type 2 diabetic, diabetes is a serious health condition and affects many parts of your body, especially your feet and legs.

The American Diabetes Association gives Foot Care Tips:

    • Look at and touch your feet everyday.
    • Keep your feet clean and dry.
    • Cut or file toenails with the shape of the toe, smoothing out all sharp edges. (Support Hose Store suggests you see a Podiatrist regularly)
    • Moisturize dry skin with a lotion.
    • Avoid injury to the feet. Have corns, calluses, or ingrown toenails treated by a professional.
    • Wear well-fitting, soft leather or fabric shoes.
    • Check shoes daily for cracks, pebbles, or other things that might damage your feet.
    • Get your blood glucose under control
    • Wear well-fitting socks, without a thick toe seam, made of material that wicks moisture away from the skin.

And be aware of:

    • Changes in skin color or temperature.
    • Swelling in the foot or ankle.
    • Pain in the legs.
    • Open sores on the feet that are slow to heal.
    • Ingrown toenails or toenails infected with fungus.
    • Corns/Calluses/Bunions.
    • Dry cracks in the skin, especially around the heel.


Selecting the right pair of socks is a crucial part of your overall foot care routine. The Jobst Sensifoot diabetic sock has been designed with a diabetic’s unique needs in mind. Sensifoot combines the comfort you want in an everyday sock with the protection you need from diabetes-related foot problems. Sensifoot socks have extra padding, a non-irritating toe seam, and multi-fiber yarns that separate Sensifoot socks from other socks. In addition to being non-constricting with an antibacterial, anti-fungal finish, the Jobst Sensifoot sock is a wonderful sock!

Remember, being compliant with wearing your Jobst, Mediven, Sigvaris, or Juzo compression stockings and support hose is the key to keeping your legs and body healthy.

Thank you for shopping with Support Hose Plus,



Support hose have certainly come a long way!  In the past several years, support stockings have improved dramatically!  Whether you call them hose, stockings, or socks, all terms apply.  Because now we have the ability to choose between so many different types, that you do not have to sacrifice your fashion for your comfort, or your comfort for your fashion, no matter what type of shoe you wear every day, and no matter what type of activity you are performing. null carries the four major manufacturers of support hose just so you will have a choice.

Sigvaris Athletic Performance Sock

Did you know that there are compression stockings available for every facet of your life?  There is stylish leg therapy and comfortable leg therapy; they are now one in the same! There is a stocking to go with every pair of shoes you own.  There is a stocking to match almost every outfit you have in your closet.  There are athletic socks available for different athletic activities, also some for daily wear, some for performance with extra padding over the Achilles tendon and some for wearing post-exercise for lactic acid reduction (recovery).

Jobst Patterned UltraSheer Thigh High StockingThere are knee high, knee high with silicone band at the top to help to keep it in place, thigh high, thigh high with patterns,  waist high, chap-style, men’s leotards, control top, non-control top, stockings with silver fibers interwoven for antibacterial/antimicrobial use, dress socks, athletic socks, sheer stockings which are more durable and patterned. This list goes on and on with lots of different shades of beige, suntan, mocha, black, off-black, sand, white, off-white, navy, gray, brown, and khaki.

For Women: 

  • Sheer (Panty Hose,Thigh Highs, Knee Highs)
  • Trouser Socks and Patterned Trouser Socks
  • Patterned for Special Occasions
  • Athletic Socks (durable and woven with dri-release yarns)
  • Athletic Performance and Athletic Recovery Socks
  • Opaque (soft and durable) Knee High, Thigh High, Waist High)
  • Stockings and Socks Woven with Silver for Antimicrobial / Antibacterial Use
  • Maternity
  • Chap-Style

For Men:

Medi For Men

  • Dress Socks Knee and Thigh High (Ribbed, Smooth, Ample in Heel and Toe, Designed Specifically for Men). Some are Anatomically Designed with a Labeled Left and Right Sock
  • Casual Socks Some with a Touch of Wool
  • Athletic Socks (Durable and Woven with Dri-release Yarns)
  • Athletic Performance and Athletic Recovery Socks
  • Men’s Leotards
  • Chap-Style
  • Stockings and Socks with Silver for Antimicrobial / Antibacterial Use

Compression stockings should not only do their job, but they should look great, be relevant, and look appropriate, too.The Certified Fitters at Support Hose Store will be glad to assist you and your friends in the ins and outs of compression stockings. As you know, carries all the major brands of support hose, so regardless of the size or height of the person we will be able to fit them in the correct stockings.

Most people own at least several different styles for different daily activities.

For instance, you wear a higher compression pantyhose for daily wear at the office, but you would love to have a pair of patterned trouser socks for periodic use, or use with your new fashion boots, or you need a pair for that special weekend coming up or the wedding you are attending. You can certainly wear a lighter compression for a few hours for something special. This is much better than going without compression – you’ll feel better physically and feel better knowing you have some compression. Say, someone typically wears a 20-30mmHg waist high pantyhose for every day wear. Most of the time, underneath pants, someone may wear a more durable opaque hose. You will also need to own at least one sheer pair for special occasions, and, of course, knee high socks, the athletic type, for wear with tennis shoes or boots. The athletic type knee high has a great release sewn into the top so they do not cut off circulation around the knee bend. There are several compressions available in the athletic sock. You may also want a pair of thigh highs for warmer days when you need more air circulation.

The combination of garments to meet your needs is endless. The bottom line is, there are more colors and fabrics available now than ever before in compression stockings. Support Hose Store wants you to know that we are here to help you meet all of your compression garment needs.
Thanks for shopping at SupportHose Store,

Back to the Basics

Our goal at has always been to make your life better. Sometimes going back to the basics of fitting and choosing your compression stocking is the smartest thing you can do for your legs and over-all well-being.

For instance, did you know that you should re-measure yourself before you purchase your stockings every time? These measurements are more than simply helpful in determining size. If your current garments are not containing you, you may need stronger compression or, simply a different fabric. Have you been properly replacing your stockings every 3-5 months? Has your health changed? Have you suffered a new condition which would call for changing compression? Are you wearing different shoes than when you were first diagnosed and had to begin wearing compression stockings? Are your current stockings rolling, or riding up the foot, or pinching your toes? These issues could be a donning issue, or perhaps we could help you remedy your compression stocking issues, simply by going back to the basics of fitting. Below you will find a helpful chart of indications. Take a look at this chart and call us at 1-844-472-8807. Let us discuss your current needs for compression.

Did your physician suggest you wear compression socks/hose? What compression did he or she suggest? Do you need our help in determining what compression might be perfect for you? We have Certified Fitters on staff to assist you.

8-15mmHg (mild)

15-20mmHg (moderate)
(1st medical

20-30mmHg  (firm)
(2nd medical

30-40mmHg (extra firm)
(3rd medical

Tired, Aching,
Fatigued Legs

Tired, Aching,
Fatigued  Legs

Moderate to severe

Severe varicosities

Minor ankle, leg, and foot

Minor ankle, leg, and foot

Moderate edema

Severe edema

Helps improve circulation

Minor varicosities

Post sclerotherapy

Lymphatic edema

Minor varicosities during

Helps prevent recurrence of
venous ulcerations

Manages active venous ulcerations

Post Sclerotherapy


Helps prevent recurrence of
venous ulcerations


Post Surgical

Helps prevent
post-thrombotic syndrome

Prophylaxis during

Helps manage neuropathy

Manages manifestations of



Orthostatic Hypotension

Tired, Aching, Fatigued

Post Surgical

Prophylaxis during

Post Sclerotherapy

Burn scar management

Burn scar management

Helps prevent DVT

Speeds healing of joint

NOTE: Higher compressions available for certain other conditions not listed here.


VERY importantly, did you know that in order to wear a 20-30mmHg or higher compression garment, your ABI, or ankle brachial index should be 0.6 or higher? The ABI, ankle brachial index, gives a good indication of arterial flow. Your ABI is the ratio of the blood pressure in the lower legs to the blood pressure in the arms. Compared to the arm, lower blood pressure in the leg is an indication of blocked arteries or peripheral artery disease, which would be a contraindication of high compression stockings. Ask your physician to measure your ABI. Another clear contraindication of higher compression would be uncontrolled congestive heart failure. Call us. Our Certified Fitters can assist you.

Helpful guide to sizing and choosing the specifics of your sock or hosiery:

Medical Grade Compression:

15-20 mmHg, 20-30 mmHg, 30-40 mm, or higher. (Your doctor can help you determine what compression might be right for you, or we have certified fitters to assist you in your choice, as there are indications for certain grades, as well as contraindications, as listed above).

  1. What are your measurements? A properly fitting garment is very important in comfort in addition to gaining the maximum in therapeutic benefits.  Take the following measurements prior to your order:
  • Ankle – at the smallest part
  • Calf – at the largest part
  • Thigh – at the top
  • Panty – at the top of the thigh, at panty line
  • Hips – around the largest part, including your tummy
  • Length – from the gluteal fold to the floor, or from the bend of the knee to the floor

NOTE: Your shoe size can be helpful, as well as your height, weight and pant size.  This gives us a great picture of what items will fit you best.
2.  What type of shoe do you wear daily? (for instance, some socks are thicker than others)
3.  What colors would you like?
4.  Do you need multiple types of socks? Perhaps an athletic sock, a dress sock/hose, and a daily casual wear sock/hose?
5.  How easily can you reach your toes?
6.  Will you be in need of a donning device to assist you in donning your new socks? There are several types available.  Ask your Certified Fitter at 1-800-505-4271

Non-Medical Grade Compression 8-15 mmHg:

      1. What is your shoe size
      2. What color or colors of sock would you like to wear?
      3. Choose between:


        Dress sock
        Casual sock
        Athletic sock


    Sheer hosiery (knee high, thigh high, or waist high)
    Trouser sock
    Pattern Trouser sock
    Athletic sock

    Just a reminder – not all sheer stockings fit the same and not all socks fit the same. For example if a sheer in one brand does not fit you well, another manufacturer’s garment may fit you better. That is why we have knowledgeable, Certified Fitters available to assist you in making choices.


    The Certified Fitters at Support Hose Plus will be glad to assist you and your friends in the ins and outs of compression stockings. As you know, carries all the major brands of support hose, so regardless of the size or height of the person we will be able to fit them in the correct stockings.

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    New Products:
    Jobst Diamond Pattern Thigh High UltraSher Stocking – Just in time for the holidays!

    Sigvaris Athletic Performance Sock:
    Stimulates and stabilizes
    compression of active muscles – for faster regeneration, less aching and
    cramping to optimize performance potential

    Don’t forget your support hose are made to last 4 to 6 months

    If they have become easier to put on, it may be time to replace them.