Medical Compression

medical-1 medical-2Medical grade compression can make a huge difference to your health. Compression stockings and supports for the limbs compress the superficial veins and pushes blood from the superficial veins into the deep vessels that work normally preventing problems including venous stasis and venous ulcers.  This mechanism of action can be explained more simply by saying that compression generates a real ‘pump effect’.

Compression is highly recommended following injury and some cancer treatments to prevent swelling, facilitate healing and minimise the likelihood of conditions including Lymphoedema.

Compression is measured at predetermined points and is expressed in millimetres of mercury (mmHg).
Graduated compression means there is slightly more compression away from your heart, closer to your hand/foot compared to your shoulder/hip, and helps move fluid in an upwards direction minimising swelling.

Classification of compression levels

medical-3Solidea compression stockings, tights and supports are classified in compliance with Experimental European Standard UNI ENV 12718. This standard replaces the tables of EC member countries which assigned different pressure values.





CLASS A prevention

  • predisposed persons
  • swollen legs
  • telangiectasias
  • mild oedema

CLASS I light (L15-17 mmHg)

  • varicose veins
  • acrocyanosis
  • post-sclerotherapy of telangiectasias

CLASS I strong (H 18-21 mmHg)

  • truncal varicose veins
  • varicose veins with substantial oedema
  • post-varicectomy
  • post-sclerotherapy
  • arthrosis of the foot and knee

CLASS II (23-32 mmHg)

  • post-thrombotic syndrome
  • during treatment of ulcers
  • post-trauma treatment
  • angiodysplasias
  • deep venous thrombosis
  • deep venous insufficiency
  • reversible lymphoedema
  • lipoedema

CLASS III (34-46 mmHg)

  • severe oedema
  • chronic hypodermitis
  • irreversible lymphoedema

CLASS IV (>49 mmHg)

  • for all the pathologies already listed and present in their most severe form

When not to use graduated compression

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 diseasearterial pathology with damage to the artery wall


The deniers indicate the size (diameter) of the yarn used to weave the stockings and tights.  The lower the denier the more the tights are light and sheer.  The higher the denier the more compact, strong and resistant is the fabric, making the tights less sheer.

SOLIDEA has revolutionized this denier-transparency relationship. Studies, research, development, right combinations of yarns have led to unequalled softness and transparency even with very high deniers.

This is why modern women, who do not want to give up well-being and elegance, entrust their legs and body to SOLIDEA