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Specially fitted compression stockings are tight at the feet with a gradually looser fit on the leg. Because there are different types, it's best to use the kind that your doctor recommends and that work best for you.
Compression stockings can be a part of your daily routine. If they fit right, they should be snug but comfortable.
It's best to wear them all the time, unless you are bathing or sleeping. Plan on replacing your stockings every 4 to 6 months.
At first, putting on a pair of compression stockings can be tricky. But with some practice, you'll find what works for you. Here are some tips.
It will make them more flexible and easier to put on. Consider buying a second pair, if you can afford it. That way, you'll have a clean pair to wear while you wash the other.
Then you can put them on when you first get up.
This is when you have the least swelling in your legs.
Be careful not to grab and pull at the top of the stocking, because that can cause it to rip or tear.
This will help the stockings slide on. If your stockings contain latex, or you aren't sure if they contain latex, do not use other types of lotions or creams on your legs when you wear the stockings. You may use other lotions or creams when you are not wearing the stockings.
It helps the stocking slide over your foot, and then pulls off through the toe after the stocking is on. You can get one at a medical supply store.
It's a metal device that holds the stocking open while you step into it. Try one before you buy one, though. They can be hard to use.
Talk to your doctor or the certified fitter at your medical supply store, especially if you have a disability that makes it hard to put the stockings on.
Call your doctor if your toes get numb or painful or turn dark while you are wearing compression stockings.
Current as of:
March 28, 2022
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal MedicineAdam Husney MD - Family MedicineAnne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine
Current as of: March 28, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine
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