Circular-knitted garments are produced seamlessly and spirally, while flat-knitted compression garments have a suture and can exert a high flat pressure on the leg using robust materials. In contrast to circular-knitted garments, flat-knitted ones are suitable for the treatment of larger circumferences and difficult anatomic conditions, as they are less elastic and hold the oedema together like a wall. Would you like to know the main difference between flat knit and circular knit? Keep reading!
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What is flat knit?
Flat knit is knitted stitch by stitch to precisely follow the contours of the body. The fabric is joined with a flat, elastic linking seam. The thicker fabric offers a lymph-draining effect when treating lymphedema or lipoedema. The flat-knit stocking won’t yield to oedema. In conjunction with movement, it produces a high therapeutic pressure providing optimum compression of the tissue. Most flat knit garments require to be custom made
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What is circular knit?
Circular knit garments are made as a tube-like ‘stocking’ of graded fabric. They tend to be more elastic in nature and less thick to the touch. While they might resemble fashion stockings, they are technically crafted as a medical prescription garment to compress more at the bottom than the top.
So, which is better?
Flat-knit garments have a stronger ability to bridge skin folds and are stiffer than circular-knit garments. For the treatment of lymphoedema and lipoedema, flat-knit garments are recommended. The material can adapt to different sizes and shapes. It is less likely to settle into skin folds while delivering the correct pressure. The flat-knit technology can be used for Ready-To-Wear or Made-To-Measure garments.
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