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Wear Compression Stocking
I have been having blood pulling to my feet can I wear compression stocking. I've also been sedentaryfor 3 months should I see physical therapist?
Go! Go! Go! Go!: Baring any underlying medical conditions or physical limitations, it is to your advantage to get and move. The first step is the hardest but the most important. Set goals and just do it. ...Read more
I have dvt, pe 2 yrs ago, take blood thinners & wear compression stocking. Have bad low back pain last 24 hrs & large bruise behind knee. Advise pls.
Need exam: Sounds like you need a physical examination and blood work to recheck your inr level in your blood. You probably have a hematoma (blood collection) behind your knee. Sometimes these need to be drained. An exam is important to make sure you are not having neurological changes related to the back pain that might also mandate intervention. Don't delay! ...Read more
You can: If you have a venous ulcer, then wearing a low compression stocking at night is often recommended. Otherwise, there is probably no need. It is important to remember that the compression you should use at night (15-20 mm hg) isn't adequate for when you you are up and walking around. Then you probably need 30-40 mm hg. ...Read more
I have venous insuffiency, I wear compression stockings. Am I more prone to get DVTs from venous insuffiency?
OK after resolution: Compression stocking is useful to help reduce edema (swelling) of the legs. However, if you have active cellulitis (infection of the skin), the pressure from compression stocking may cause further inflammation. Instead, during an active infection, I generally recommend leg elevation to reduce swelling. Once the infection is resolved, then you can resume using you're compression stocking. ...Read more
I just had a surgery. My physician told me to wear compression stockings. Can I wear them overnight?
TED hose: Thrombo embolism deterrent stockings are made to be worn over night and have a low enough pressure that they can be worn safely. ...Read more
If I wear compression stockings only at night can it sill help my varicose veins? What are a good least cumbersome kind to wear?
Not really: At night I assume you are sleeping. The fact you would be in bed and not standing would negate the need for the compression as no gravity there.....you need the compressn hoosiery when standing to counteract gravity. Of course if you work at night and are not sleeping then that would be good time to wear them. ...Read more
(superficial blood clot). When I go swimming do I have to wear compression stockings in the pool? If not needed how long the period without?
I was diagnosed in ER today with Chronic superficial venous thrombosis of lower left extremity and sent home. Can I wear compression stockings now?
Can or should you wear compression stockings when exercising? Running? Biking? Would it help with sport related injury to leg muscle or ankleinjury?
Controversial as to benefit but clearly of help in the recovery stage post exercise
Yet no downside to use during exercise ...Read more
After having a DVT where clot is behind knee, is it better to wear compression stockings below knee or above?
Once a diagnosis has been made, and anticoagulants (blood thinners)
have been started and the patient's condition is stable, the md may recommend ambulation (walking) and compression stockings to prevent other clots. The stockings are graduated in pressure starting at the ankle. The md most familiar with you current condition should be consulted on thigh high or knee high hose. ...Read more
If you wear compression stockings too tight can that cause a DVT? I have the thigh high one and I took them off next day thigh hurts! What is this?
Yes: You need to get the right size If too tight you can have pain after taking them off The muscles and skin rebound causing discomfort make sure they are the right size ...Read more
Could you tell me why my legs and feet an hands are swollen and they hurt so often? Would it be okay to wear compression stockings to bed?
Swelling: If you are as described you should see your doctor and be evaluated. That state is not normal and could indicate various abnormalities. ...Read more
Is it dangerous to wear compression stockings if a chf, patient has some edema, fluid on lungs, and disolving blood clots in the lungs?
Stockings: The situations you have listed are the very situations for which stockings are recommended. ...Read more
Can I wear compression stockings to reduce the swelling in my leg and ankle? I have a simple fracture of the left lower fibula
Probably: If it is truly an isolated fibula fracture, then wearing a compression stocking can be helpful to reduce swelling, as can the application of ice and elevation of the ankle above the level of the heart. You would want to check with your doctor and make sure it is an isolated fibula fracture rather than an unstable ankle injury before doing so. Thank you for the question. ...Read more
I am a very immobile person. Would it be wise and safe to wear compression socks/stockings since I have a family history of blood disorders?
Probably not, Matt: You've 19 and you're so inactive you're thinking of wearing a old person's compression stockings rather than go talk a walk or play a ball game with your friends? What's up, buddy? This isn't you. Is someone interfering with your doing the things that a normal teenager gets to do? Perhaps your family physician can help you find a happier way to live. That's what I'll bet you really want. ...Read more
I wear a thigh high compression stocking for my 45 day old dvt. My Coumadin (warfarin) is at therapeutic levels. Can I swim? If so with or without stocking?
How long after dvt should I wear 30-40 compression stockings after dvt and not on coumadin (warfarin) almost 2 yrs past clot?
Do you know the status of your deep venous system? After a DVT there may be damage such as obstruction or reflux. If this is the case you are at risk for skin changes developing in your legs. These can result in ulceration.
You should be evaluated by a vascular surgeon. Long term compression may be advisable for you. Good luck.
David Fox, MD, FACS
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Is it safe to wear a 18mmhg compression stockings while recovering from leg injury caused by Running? Like swollen muscles & visible spider veins?
Not if want results: If your physician has prescribed compression stockings for you for a particular condition, then you require a certain level of pressure, measured in mmhg, to meet that goal. Unfortunately, regular pantyhose, and even over the counter "support" stockings do not meet these levels of compression, and will not provide the necessary effect. ...Read more
How can I stop compression stocking from pulling my leg hair? And keep them from being so hot? I'm need to wear them but these issues make it hard.
Stocking trouble: Cotton compression stockings are cooler than synthetic. There are also lighter, thinner stockings that are available. If you are wearing thigh high stockings and really only need knee high, the shorter ones will be cooler. Your best resource is probably the medical supplier who fits stockings. They can tell you what is available. The hair pulling thing might actually be trickier. ...Read more
Use of compression: Compression stockings are useful in treating venous insuffiency (which leads to varicose veins) because they decrease the degree of chronic pressure buildup in the legs which helps relieve symptoms of discomfort & swelling, They also slow the progression of valve failure & varicose vein development. They also have use in leg swelling, preventing blood clots, helping w/ some leg pain, & lymphedema ...Read more
How do compression stocking help with achy legs? Just got some today, I'm In RT school and my veins bulge out of one of my legs now from being on feet
By compressing veins: & potentially decreasing edema (local ↑ in extracellular water). However, important to not have tourniquet band/effect at top which will undo any benefit; best support from waist/garter belt. Also best to keep moving. Movement is what powers the venous pump so that blood stair-steps through venous valves back to heart, rather than stretching out the veins resulting in varicose veins over time. ...Read more
Have varicose veins & saphenous vein valve not working. Why worse when using compression stocking or sitting/elevating leg? Heaviness, tingling foot.
Varicose vein Rx.: Varicose veins are due to malfunctioning (refluxing) valves of the saphenous system of veins. Wearing compression hose is a medical management of the veins but it does not treat the underlying valve problem. If compression does not improve your systems or worsens them then you require a closure procedure to seal the leaking valves. See a vein specialist for a full venous evaluation and treatment ...Read more
Controversial: The role of compression stockings is to help to squeeze the calf veins to improve the venous return of blood to the heart and prevent venous stasis. When ambulating, the calf muscle pump does this. When recumbent, the calf muscle pump is not working. I, therefore, feel that compression hose should be worn while sleeping to improve the venous return. A lesser compression could be used at night. ...Read more
Dvt: They are the best possible choice yet dvt can sometimes occur ...Read more