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
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Deep vein thrombosis 43 17
Varicose veins of legs 13 6
Blood pooling in limbs 11 2
Ankle sprain 9 2
Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome 8 4
Venous insufficiency 8 3

Show all 52 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
Severe 3
Moderate 6
Mild 16
None 27

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

Side effect Patients
Uncomfortable 3
Difficulty putting on 2
Allergic reaction 1
Corns and calluses 1
Hot legs 1
Irritation 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently using Compression Stockings/Socks

Dosage Patients
1other as needed 5
1 other daily 4
2other as needed 3
daily 3
2 other daily 2
12 hr daily 2
1 other every other week 1
3 other weekly 1
1 daily 1
2 other every other day 1

See all 18 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Compression Stockings/Socks

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Reason Patients
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
Less than 1 month 2
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 10
10 years or more 7

Stopped using Compression Stockings/Socks

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 11
1 - 6 months 9
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
Always 23
Usually 13
Sometimes 12
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 12
Somewhat hard to take 14
A little hard to take 15
Not at all hard to take 11
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 2
$50-99 2
$25-49 4
< $25 15
Not specified 29
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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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