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Monday, April 2, 2018

TRAMPS Hosiery Solves Many of the Issues Seen with Traditional Compression Stockings

Compression stockings are essential to your leg health and this was recognized by brother-sister team, Alex and Tomas Reyes.

Compression Socks and Hose Are No Longer for Grandma
– The New York Times

After working on her feet for many years, a doctor prescribed compression hose to help relieve the pressure in Alex Reyes' legs.  However, she grew frustrated by the lack of color and fashion in existing brands. Seeing a lack of fashion in the compression market, Alex collaborated with her brother Tomas Reyes, a New York based fashion designer and graduate of Parsons School of Design, to create a line of beautiful hosiery that brings together fashion and function but also provides great support and is easy to wear. "We @ TRAMPS, don't want for anyone who needs to wear compression hosiery to look like they are just coming out of the hospital in drab colored hose," says Tomas Reyes. "We want you to slay with our new look of compression." With input from the medical community, the brother-sister team launched Tramps Fashion Compression Hosiery. The basic idea was to create a fashion vision with a practical sense of function.

There is a reason TRAMPS Hosiery is recommended by those suffering from Dysautonomia as a long awaited solution for their disease.  It is obvious that much hard work went into creating this line and that TRAMPS' items were created with customers in mind: TRAMPS offers superior comfort and style while providing compression for better circulation.

Are Compression Stockings Just a Fad? No!!!!!

As a female physician practicing for over 25 years, I can tell you that the options for compression stockings are boring, ugly, expensive and frumpy.  I recommend compression hosiery to my patients every day, and in fact, I wear them every day.  I hate it when my feet and ankles look like marshmallows at the end of the day, and frankly, it hurts!  The pain, appearance and discomfort of swollen feet make many patients complain, but some complain about the compression stockings themselves! Some of the complaints I hear from patients about compression stockings are:

  • "I can't get them on"
  • "They are hot"
  • "I like to wear sandals"
  • "They bind me right under the knee"
  • "They are ugly"
  • "They roll up on my feet"
  • "My toes crunch together."

Then I came across  They graciously allowed me to demo their products and now I have worn them on multiple occasions.  I would recommend these not only to my patients who have dysautonomia (which is more common than you think - one of the most common causes is diabetes) but also for anyone complaining of aching, tired legs; swollen feet, ankles or legs; concern about developing spider veins, varicose veins; prolonged flights or car rides; and many other medical conditions.

I have always believed that full length compression hosiery are the best option for nearly every patient.  To be most effective, usually 20mm Hg level of compression or higher is necessary, but if you find that level of compression too tight, lower levels may be enough for you.  Lower amounts can be effective if you have only minor swelling noticeable at the end of a long flight or a long day on your feet, but with the lower amounts of compression many patients will still notice problems.

I like the TRAMPS' products with 25-30 mmHg graduated compression options.  These are the TRAMPS products I recommend and why:

1.  Bryanna Cheetah Jacquard Style 

I absolutely love everything about these.  This style completely outshines the boring, frumpy full length compression hose that are available.  Uniquely engineered knitted panels firmly hug and lift the buttocks. The open toe style with a special thong between the big and second toe makes a world of difference for many reasons.  If you like to wear sandals, especially thong types, you can still wear your hosiery.  The open toe keeps your foot from sliding in heels which really makes your toes feel better at the end of the day in comparison to having your foot sliding forward and smashing your toes for 10 hours straight.  Many compression hosiery provide extra fabric at the toes to keep toes moveable, but in high heel pumps this only serves to crush your toes more!  Open toe "Ted" hose (you know those thigh high white ones you may have seen during surgery or at the hospital?  They are an open toed option for compression, but bunch up your toes and roll upward as well.  The thong on the Bryanna style prevents this from happening.  Two colors are available: Gray and Neutral.  I wore this style for 10 hours, had no noticeable swelling at the end of the day, was not hot and looked smooth in my slacks!

2.  Bryanna Style

This style has all of the same features with solid color options like pink, blue, black and nude.  Black is one of my favorite colors for compression hosiery because it is pretty versatile and good for the business world.

3.  Jocelyn Style  

This TRAMPS' hip-hugger compression hosiery style fits under any hip-hugger garment without exposing the waist area of the hosiery when seated but has all of the same features that I love about the Bryanna Style except the high waist.  These are available in 4 solid colors:  Citron, Pink, Nude and Black.

The CONS of the open toe design:  The thong was a little uncomfortable between my big and second toe the first time I wore them since I pulled them very tightly up my leg.  This was better the next time I put them on and didn't pull them up quite so tightly.

The CONS of full length compression hosiery:  They can be difficult to get on for some individuals, especially the elderly.

The CONS of compression hosiery:  They are expensive!  Why?  Typically, they are subject to rigorous testing and must meet strict standards of performance. There is no question that you will pay more for a premium brand label even without fashion design.  Companies, such as TRAMPS, invest quite a lot of money in research and development, testing, and quality control.

If 25-30mm Hg full length hosiery is not for you, TRAMPS Hosiery as options available for you with 15-20mm Hg including:

  •  Argyle Thigh High Stockings -- adorable AND sexy argyle stockings with the advantages of the signature open thonged toe ( I did not demo these) 

  • Lonely Heart Knee High Stockings -- because of the open thonged toe design, these have many advantages like I discussed above, and are not as hot as full length hosiery.  Personally, I need more compression to keep away swelling and aching after many hours of standing.   
  • Unisex Knee High Socks -- These are a closed toe option, which despite saying they fit a unisex shoe size of 7.5-10, fit my husband very well, who wears a men's size 12 shoe.   They were a little large on me who wears a women's 7.5 shoe size.  The cut and length of the Courtney style was perfect since most compression knee high styles are long so they don't slide down.  If you think Courtneys may be too long for you, TRAMPS has a shorter size available: Nicky.  Many athletes like knee high low-level compression socks for muscle compression to reduce fatigue and help with recovery or muscle injuries.  

"Darling, the legs aren't so beautiful, I just know what to do with them." 

--Marlene Dietrich

Compression stockings are essential to your leg health and TRAMPS offers superior style and comfort while not sacrificing results.  Remember that if compression hosiery doesn't fit well, they could become a big problem for keeping your legs healthy.  Your compression stockings should never be painful to wear. If they hurt, this is a sign that you are wearing a size that is too small or you’re wearing a compression that’s too strong. Check your size and look at the sizing charts to make sure that your measurements fit properly within the sizing range. Then check to see if the level of compression of your stockings is appropriate. Talk to your doctor about what level and type of compression you should wear.

The entire line of TRAMPS hosiery can be found at

Remember, if you have questions related to your health, always consult your doctor or medical professional. The information presented here is informative only and is not medical advice.

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