What is Compression Stockings/Socks?

Category: Equipment

Most Popular Types: Jobst Compression Stockings, Grade II Compression socks, Comprinet Pro, (Show all)


See also: Lymphedema wraps

Compression stockings are used to support the venous and lymphatic systems of the leg. They offer graduated compression where maximum compression is achieved at the ankle and decreases as you move up the leg.

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

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Commonly reported side effects, conditions, and hospitalizations associated with Compression Stockings/Socks

Discomfort 2
Difficulty putting on 1
Fatigue 1
Hospitalization 1
Low blood pressure 1
Spasms in toes 1

Show all 7 reported side effects


Most common dosages (by patients currently using Compression Stockings/Socks)
Dosage Patients
1 other daily 16
daily 11
8 hr daily 7
2 other daily 6
2other as needed 5
16 hr daily 4
24 hr daily 4
1other as needed 3
30other as needed 3
1 daily 3
Why Patients Stopped Using (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 11
Other 11
Course of treatment ended 10
Doctor's advice 2
Change in health plan coverage 2
Expense 1
Personal research 1
See all 35 patients who’ve stopped using Compression Stockings/Socks


How Long Current Patients Have Been Using Compression Stockings/Socks
Duration Patients
0-1 month 0
1-3 months 3
3-6 months 0
6 months-1 year 6
1-2 years 4
2 years or more 23
How Long Patients Used Before Stopping
Duration Patients
0-1 month 7
1-3 months 4
3-6 months 4
6 months-1 year 5
1-2 years 3
2 years or more 5
7 44%
4 25%
4 25%
1 6%
2 13%
2 13%
A little
8 50%
Not at all
4 25%
Cost per month
0 0%
0 0%
1 14%
1 14%
< $25
5 71%
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4 patient evaluations for Compression Stockings/Socks

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Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Sex: F
  • Age: 39
Condition: POTS 3 additional condition(s)
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:

See freka's full Compression Stockings/Socks history

Feb 17, 2015 (Started Dec 15, 2011)

  • Perceived effectiveness for POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome): Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: 24 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: I wear the full length compression tights because I find them much more effective than the knee high stockings.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Some
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: All
function: Little
external_stress: Some
Stickman: most
FM:15y Dx
I am: n
I have:

See woofhound's full Compression Stockings/Socks history

Apr 18, 2014 (Started Apr 18, 2014)

  • Perceived effectiveness for RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome): Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: 1 other Daily
Advice & Tips: I don't know if it's the pressure they exert on my legs, or the better circulation, but I found these to be a major help in reducing my night time pain and helping me to get to sleep faster.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

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Data Quality: 1 star
  • Sex: F
  • Age: 56
Condition: Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak 9 additional condition(s)
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: g
I have:
Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak

See LFSunspot's full Compression Stockings/Socks history

Jan 11, 2014 (Started Sep 01, 2008)

  • Perceived effectiveness for DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis): Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Edema (fluid retention): Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Varicose Veins of Legs: Slight
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: 1 other Daily
Advice & Tips: I hate putting them on every day but I LOVE the way they make my legs feel. Eliminates the heaviness and aching. Reduces swelling. I can walk better, longer, further if I I wear them daily. I wish I could wear the full tight but I am too arthritic to put them on. I wear only the knee high style. Those can bind, especially behind the knee or at the ankle if they sag down. But it is minor. I purchase them on-line, a national discount clothing chain offers several degrees of support-I get the strongest support I can afford. I wash them in the washer and dry them in the dryer. These economy stockings seem to do as well as the expensive medical sup hose and I replace them more often for optimum support.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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