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
DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) 41 15
Varicose Veins of Legs 13 6
Blood pooling in limbs 11 2
Ankle Sprain 9 1
POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) 8 3
Venous Insufficiency 8 3

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 2
Moderate 6
Mild 14
None 24

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

Side effect Patients
Uncomfortable 3
Difficulty putting on 2
Corns and calluses 1
hot legs 1
Irritation 1
Itching 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently using Compression Stockings/Socks

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

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Why patients stopped taking Compression Stockings/Socks

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 13
Other 13
Course of treatment ended 10
Doctor's advice 3
Change in health plan coverage 2
Side effects too severe 2
Expense 1
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently using Compression Stockings/Socks

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 12
5 - 10 years 10
10 years or more 9

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 1
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 21
Usually 11
Sometimes 12
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 11
Somewhat hard to take 12
A little hard to take 13
Not at all hard to take 10
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 2
$25-49 3
< $25 12
Not specified 28
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5 patient evaluations for Compression Stockings/Socks

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Keeper of the Flame
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Keeper of the Flame
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: All
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: Some
Stickman: all
Description:F59y
FM:8y Dx
CFS:?y
I am: g
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See Keeper of the Flame's full Compression Stockings/Socks history

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
woofhound
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woofhound
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 59
Condition: Degenerative Disc Disease 21 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: Mild
I am: g
I have:
Degenerative Disc Disease

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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

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freka
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freka
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 41
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
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