What is Compression Stockings/Socks?

Category: Equipment

Most popular types: Jobst Compression Stockings Grade II Compression socks Norma Tech Hose Show all

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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.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Deep vein thrombosis 45 17
Varicose veins of legs 15 7
Blood pooling in limbs 12 2
Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome 12 6
Ankle sprain 10 2

Show all 45 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 3
Moderate 6
Mild 16
None 31

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

Side effect Patients Percentage
Uncomfortable 3
Corns and calluses 1
Feet tingling 1
Itching 1
Joint pain in knees 1
Loss of circulation (cut off) 1

Show all 15 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Compression Stockings/Socks

Dosage Patients Percentage
1other as needed 6
1 other daily 4
2 other daily 2
12 hr daily 2
30 mg daily 2
daily 2
1 other every other week 1
8 hr daily 1
14 hr daily 1
16 hr daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Compression Stockings/Socks

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 13
Other 13
Course of treatment ended 10
Doctor's advice 3
Side effects too severe 3
Change in health plan coverage 2
Expense 1
Personal research 1
See all 37 patients who've stopped using Compression Stockings/Socks

Duration

Currently using Compression Stockings/Socks

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 10
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 10

Stopped using Compression Stockings/Socks

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 12
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 26
Usually 14
Sometimes 12
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 12
Somewhat hard to take 16
A little hard to take 16
Not at all hard to take 12
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 2
$25-49 4
< $25 16
Not specified 31
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5 patient evaluations for Compression Stockings/Socks

Jul 7, 2016 (Started Jan 01, 1977)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for varicose veins of legs)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Don't wear your compression stockings to bed at night!
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 13, 2015 (Started Apr 18, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for restless legs syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 2 other Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Apr 18, 2014 (Started Apr 18, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for restless legs syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 2 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

Feb 17, 2015 (Started Dec 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
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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