What is Compression Stockings/Socks?

Category: Equipment

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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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Severe
0
Moderate
1
Mild
3
None
10

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

Discomfort 2
Low blood pressure 1
Fatigue 1
Spasms in toes 1
Uncomfortable 1
Hospitalization 1

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently using Compression Stockings/Socks)
Dosage Patients
1 other daily 16
daily 11
2 other daily 7
2other as needed 4
8 hr daily 4
16 hr daily 4
1 daily 3
14 hr daily 3
24 hr daily 3
as needed 2
Why Patients Stopped Using (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 11
Course of treatment ended 9
Other 9
Doctor's advice 2
Change in health plan coverage 2
Expense 1
Personal research 1
See all 28 patients who’ve stopped using Compression Stockings/Socks

Duration

How Long Current Patients Have Been Using Compression Stockings/Socks
Duration Patients
0-1 month 0
1-3 months 0
3-6 months 2
6 months-1 year 2
1-2 years 3
2 years or more 26
How Long Patients Used Before Stopping
Duration Patients
0-1 month 7
1-3 months 4
3-6 months 3
6 months-1 year 4
1-2 years 3
2 years or more 5
Adherence
Always
6 43%
Usually
4 29%
Sometimes
3 21%
Never
1 7%
Burden
Very
2 14%
Somewhat
2 14%
A little
5 36%
Not at all
5 36%
Cost
$200+
0 0%
$100-199
0 0%
$50-99
1 17%
$25-49
1 17%
< $25
4 67%
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3 patient evaluations for Compression Stockings/Socks

woofhound
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woofhound
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: All
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: All
function: Some
external_stress: Little
Stickman: all
Description:M56y
FM:15y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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

  • 0 helpful marks
LFSunspot
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LFSunspot
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 Varicose Veins of Legs: Slight
  • Perceived effectiveness for Edema (fluid retention): Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis): Moderate
  • 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

  • 0 helpful marks
abbas girl
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abbas girl
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Bulbar: mild
Arms: moderate
Chest: mild
Legs: severe
I have:
ALS

See abbas girl's full Compression Stockings/Socks history

Jan 1, 2010 (Started Oct 01, 2008)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Peripheral edema: Slight
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Never
  • Burden: Very
Dosage: 12 hr Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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