What is Compression Stockings/Socks?

Category: Equipment

Most popular types: Jobst Compression Stockings Grade II Compression socks Comprinet Pro 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


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 9
None 13

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

Side effect Patients
Discomfort 2
Corns and calluses 1
Difficulty putting on 1
hot legs 1
Irritation 1
Numbness 1

Show all 11 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Compression Stockings/Socks

Dosage Patients
1 other daily 7
2 other daily 5
8 hr daily 4
1other as needed 4
daily 3
1 daily 2
2other as needed 2
3 other weekly 1
4 hr daily 1
14 hr daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Compression Stockings/Socks

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 13
Did not seem to work 11
Course of treatment ended 10
Change in health plan coverage 2
Doctor's advice 2
Expense 1
Personal research 1
See all 33 patients who’ve stopped using Compression Stockings/Socks

Duration

Currently using Compression Stockings/Socks

Duration Patients
1-3 months 1
3-6 months 3
6 months-1 year 4
1-2 years 6
2 years or more 22

Stopped using Compression Stockings/Socks

Duration Patients
0-1 month 10
1-3 months 5
3-6 months 4
6 months-1 year 6
1-2 years 3
2 years or more 5

Adherence


Always
Patients
10
43%
Usually
Patients
7
30%
Sometimes
Patients
5
22%
Never taken as prescribed
Patients
1
4%

Burden


Very hard to take
Patients
3
13%
Somewhat hard to take
Patients
2
9%
A little hard to take
Patients
11
48%
Not at all hard to take
Patients
7
30%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
1
4%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
2
9%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
7
30%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
13
57%
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4 patient evaluations for Compression Stockings/Socks

woofhound
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woofhound
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Little
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Some
Stiffness: All
function: Most
external_stress: Little
Stickman: most
Description:M58y
CFS:10y Dx
FM:16y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See woofhound's full Compression Stockings/Socks history

Mar 13, 2015 (Started Apr 18, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome))
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1 other Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Apr 18, 2014 (Started Apr 18, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome))
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
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
freka
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freka
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 40
Condition: POTS 3 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
POTS

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Feb 17, 2015 (Started Dec 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for POTS (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
LFSunspot
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LFSunspot
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 58
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)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Edema (fluid retention))
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Varicose Veins of Legs)
  • side effects
    Mild (Discomfort)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
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
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