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Compression/surgical stockings are used as part of a patient’s treatment and require the user to wear them for a specified period of time. They apply graduated pressure to the legs to help improve venous return. These stockings are prescribed for a variety of reasons including the prevention of potentially life-threatening conditions such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) (Amaragiri and Lees, 2003). In-hospital antiembolic stockings are used before and after surgery when patients are immobile.
Compression/surgical stockings are also prescribed for longer periods of time to manage leg ulcers and oedema. There are different regimes for wearing the stockings but in the community there must be the opportunity for stockings to be put on and taken off when required, and for washing and replacement when necessary.
If you have varicose veins, spider veins, or have just had surgery, your doctor may prescribe compression stockings.
You wear compression stockings to improve blood flow in your legs. Compression stockings gently squeeze your legs to move blood up your legs. This helps prevent leg swelling and, to a lesser extent, blood clots.
Wearing stockings helps with:
• Aching and heavy feeling in legs
• Swelling in legs
• Preventing blood clots, especially after surgery or injury when you are less active
Types of Compression Stockings
Talk to your doctor about what kind of compression stockings are right for you. There are many different compression stockings. They come in different:
• Pressures, from light pressure to strong pressure
• Lengths, from knee-high to the top of the thigh
Call your health insurance or prescription plan:
• Find out if they pay for compression stockings.
• Ask if your durable medical equipment benefit pays for compression stockings.
• Get a prescription from your doctor.
• Find a medical equipment store where they can measure your legs so you get a good fit.
Wearing Compression Stockings
Wear your compression stockings all day. Your compression stockings should feel strong around your legs. You will feel the most pressure around your ankles and less pressure higher up your legs.
Putting on Your Compression Stockings
• Put on stockings first thing in the morning before you get out of bed. Your legs have the least amount of swelling early in the morning.
• Hold the top of the stocking and roll it down to the heel.
• Put your foot into the stocking as far as you can. Put your heel in the heel of the stocking.
• Pull the stocking up. Unroll the stocking over your leg.
• After the top of the stocking is in place, smooth out any wrinkles.
• DO NOT let the stockings bunch up or wrinkle.
• Knee length stockings should come to 2 fingers below the knee bend.
• If you use lotion on your legs, let it dry before you put on the stockings.
• Use a little baby powder or cornstarch on your legs. This may help the stockings slide up.
• Put on rubber dishwashing gloves. Use your hands to adjust the stocking and smooth it out.
• Use a special gadget called a stocking donner to slide the stocking over your foot. You can buy a donner at a medical supply company or online.
Wash Your Stockings Every Day
• Wash the stockings each day with mild soap and water. Rinse and air dry.
• If you can, have two pairs. Wear one each day. Wash and dry the other pair.
• Replace your stockings every 3 to 6 months so that they maintain their support.
When to Call the Doctor
If your stockings feel too uncomfortable, call your health care provider. Find out if there is a different kind of stocking that will work for you. DO NOT stop wearing them without talking to your doctor.