From the Desk of a Nurse

April 04, 2018

From the Desk of a Nurse

Lindsey Peterson is a Nurse Practitioner in Missoula, MT. She’s also an outdoor enthusiast and an avid wearer of compression socks. In this guest blog, she shares why she wears compression and her favorite style of VIM & VIGR legwear.

Do you sit or stand for long periods during your work day? Do you notice your legs ache by the end of your shift? Do you hate the idea of developing varicose veins? Me too!

I, a nurse practitioner, have found a simple healthy solution to these problems that also offers style and comfort.

Compression legwear offers a number of physical advantages to our lower extremities. A few of these benefits include: reducing leg pain (due to long stints of sitting or standing), preventing unsightly varicose veins, and reducing the risk of developing detrimental blood clots in our deeper leg veins (Deep Vein Thrombosis). Kind of important, eh? Even better, with the right fit there are no negatives or side effects associated with their use!!

I first learned about of compression socks years ago while working long 12-hour shifts as a registered nurse in the hospital setting. I spent upwards of 11 hours on my feet and by the end of the day my legs would ache terribly. At night, I tried putting my legs up a wall for relief, trying to reduce the blood flow to my feet and ankles. While this helped in the moment, it wasn’t a good long-term solution. Enter compression socks. At this point I didn’t care that my socks were plain grey and reminded me of my grandma (I kept them hidden under my scrubs). With their use, I noticed a dramatic reduction in the overall pain in my legs. I wore them so much I dug holes in the heels!

I currently work in the urgent care setting as a nurse practitioner where I am no longer required to wear scrubs or spend long hours on my feet. I love my job!! In my new role I am sitting much more. Since sitting for too long is thought to be even more hazardous to our health than standing, I continue to use compression socks. Compression legwear has proven to be beneficial when sitting OR standing for long periods of time. It’s all about good blood flow!

With VIM & VIGR on the legwear scene, there is now such a thing as cute, stylish compression socks! These days, I have many pairs of fun, cozy socks that look cute (priorities), and prevent fatigue and swelling in my lower extremities. With compression socks, whether I am sitting or standing at work, I notice a difference in how my legs feel. And, they are durable: No matter how many times I wear my VIM & VIGR socks they still feel and appear like new, and I haven’t developed drafty holes in the heels.

What I love most is VIM & VIGR not only excels in style and quality, but also fit. When shopping for compression legwear, it is important to pick the right size for you to reap the benefits of compression and avoid any discomfort.

Recently, I have fallen in love with VIM & VIGR compression tights, particularly the argyle pattern. They are a great wardrobe staple, especially around the holidays. Not only are they beautiful, but they also feel incredible. They offer just the right amount of compression without creating any areas of unwanted constriction. No bunching behind the knee or around the toes with these tights!

While sizing for socks is pretty standard, sizing for tights can be a little trickier. VIM & VIGR’s sizing is perfectly accurate for my height and weight. I am 5’4’’, 115 lbs., and their size 1 tights fit to a T. They have a high waist like typical tights, hitting me at or just below the belly button. They remain comfortable at the waistband and do not constrict my waistline causing unwanted bloating or fabric markings at the end of my day.

Of note, compression tights are meant to compress, so when you first put them on you will notice they don’t have as much “stretch” as regular tights. At first it feels different, but, once they are on, I guarantee you will love the way they hold you in. If you need extra direction when trying them on for the first time, follow the well-written instructions on the package insert.

As a nurse practitioner and lover of VIM & VIGR’s legwear, compression socks and tights are a great gift idea for both the men and women in your life. By gifting your loved ones compression legwear, you will be giving the gift of wellness. I cannot think of a more important gift to give!

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Sizing, Fabric & Compression Levels Guide

Size Chart:

We have a different sizing chart depending on the type of compression garment. Please consider your foot and calf circumference when choosing your size.

If you're in between sizes, ask yourself a few questions:
What is my body type? Will I be more comfortable in a size up or down? Take your body type into consideration when choosing a size especially if you're in between sizes.

VIM & VIGR Size Chart




Fabric Collections:


  • 400 needle-count for flexibility and comfort
  • Excellent for athletic use
  • Multi-dimensional weave allows for breathability
  • Composition: 91% Nylon/9% Spandex


  • 400 needle-count for flexibility and comfort
  • Moisture-wicking fabric to draw sweat and moisture off of the skin
  • Multi-dimensional weave allows for breathability
  • Composition: 83% Moisture-wick Nylon/17% Nylon


  • 200 needle-count for flexibility and comfort
  • Natural breathability
  • High-quality double covered elastic fibers and premium cotton
  • Composition: 48% Cotton/42% Nylon/10% Spandex


  • 200 needle-count for flexibility and comfort
  • Natural breathability and moisture-wicking properties
  • High-quality double covered elastic fibers and fine Merino wool
  • Light-cushioned sole
  • Composition: 40% Merino wool/45% Nylon/15% Spandex

Garment Care:

Machine wash after each wear, delicate and cold.

Air dry is preferred to maintain the elasticity and quality of fabrics.

Compression Levels:

Compression garments are made in a variety of support levels, each of which is designed to address different needs. These levels are most commonly expressed in millimeters of mercury (abbreviated as mmHg). Generally, graduated compression is displayed in ranges. The higher the numerical value, the stronger the support level indicated. For example, a 20-30 mmHg garment will offer more support and feel tighter than a 15-20 mmHg garment.

All of VIM & VIGR’s products are offered in 15-20 mmHg compression level and select styles are available in 20-30 mmHg.

VIM & VIGR Compression Levels

How to put on compression socks:

Slip your arm into the sock until your fingers reach the toes. Your palm should be resting in the sock's heel. 

Starting at the cuff, fold the sock over until it meets the heel. Make sure to fold the sock onto itself.

With the sock still inverted, pull the foot of the sock firmly onto your foot. Make sure your toes are securely in the toe pocket. Starting with the cuff, gradually roll the sock up.

Adjust so that your heel is properly positioned in the heel pocket and the cuff sits below the knee. Make sure the cuff is not pulled up too high.