Flat knit compression

Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020

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Compression materials that are not knitted round over a cylinder but flat and are folded and sewn together at the end.


  • Contour and size are controlled by varying the number of stitches
  • approx. 30-40% coarser stitch pattern, thicker knitted fabric
  • strong, less elastic material
  • almost exclusively used for custom-made products

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Wide application, almost no limits - neither with regard to the anatomy to be treated nor to the pressure ranges. Aesthetics, wearing comfort and price are often criticized.

For this reason, flat knitted fabrics today tend to be the exception for special indications, e.g.

  • Lymphedema
  • Lipedema
  • Special body shapes

However, the use of flat knitted fabrics can also be useful, especially where it is essential to avoid lace lines. This applies, for example, to

  • pAVK, ulcer cruris mixtum
  • Neuropathy
  • Anorexia

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Correspond to those of compression therapy in general:

  • severe PAVK, critical ischemia
  • septic phlebitis
  • Phlegmasia coerulea dolens
  • decompensated cardiac insufficiency

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  • Reich-Schupke S et al (2013) Modern compression therapy. Viavital Publishing House, Cologne


Last updated on: 29.10.2020