Is it better to get full-length compression stockings or knee-highs?
The knee highs are so much more comfortable. Are they effective enough?
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Replied on 9/14/2010
Replied on 10/30/2009
By: Laser Vein Center | Thomas Wright, M.D., F.A.C.P., R.V.T.
Completely depends on what type of treatment you are having and where the involved veins are.
For most treatments, because the involved veins are on the full length of the leg, one must
use either a thigh-high, or pantyhose version.
Knee high would only be appropriate if the involved veins are limited to below the knee.
Once treatment is completed, and if stockings are needed on a more prolonged basis, because of the nature of one's occupation or activities, then knee high might be appropriate at that time.
Replied on 10/30/2009
By: Vein Specialists | Joseph G. Magnant, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Fort Myers, FL
The compression is most important long term at the level of the ankle where most of the complications of venous insufficiency and hypertension occur(skin changes and ulcerations), so knee high usually suffice for treatment unless there are large varicose veins in the thigh regions or spider veins which are being treated in the thigh regions. Basically, whatever will be worn by the patient is what they should buy. If the panty or thigh high hose are going to remain in the box, then the calf high hose seem to be the most logical choice. Some compression is better than no compression.
Replied on 10/30/2009
Replied on 10/29/2009
By: Vein Specialty Medical Clinic, Inc. | Khalil Fattahi M.D.
Board Certified, American Board of Phlebology
After treatment of greater saphenous varicosty and other varicose veins with source of reflux above knee level, it is recommended to wear full-length compression stockings for 1-2 weeks. However, when source of reflux is limited to below knee, such as lesser sapheous vein reflux or cockett perforators reflux, wearing below knee compression stockings is sufficient. I suggest for healthy elderly individuals to wear below knee stockings whenever taking an air flight, specially when flight duration is more than 2 hours.
Replied on 10/29/2009
By: VeinSolutions - Edina |
If you are using them for therapeutic reasons, the knee high compression
hose are effective. If you are having a procedure, you will need thigh
highs or panty hose.
Replied on 10/29/2009
By: Bella MD Laser Vein and Aesthetic Center | David A. Engleman MD, FACC
It completely depends on what they are being used for. If used for varicose veins then it depends on the level of valve leaking. If the leaking is mostly confined to veins below the knee the the knee high stockings are sufficient. It really comes down to what works for you. If your legs feel better and the knee high are more comfortable for you then they will usually do.
Replied on 10/29/2009
By: Innovative Vein | Paul Cheatum, M.D.
Knee highs are fine, but don't give compression above the knee, obviously, where there often exists the source of the problem in the leg. The bottom line is, however, that neither stocking is a cure, just a means for controlling symptoms. There is nothing wrong with just wearing knee high compression stockings in many instances.
Replied on 10/29/2009
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I have dvt in my right calf, it has only been 3 weeks since i found out. My leg still swells after 3 weeks even when i wear my compression stocking 20 -30. Is this normal. Should I be take it off and elevate my leg or leave it on?
Are footless compression stockings just as effective as full-coverage hose following endovenous laser ablation? (8 answers)
My vascular surgeon did an ultrasound and prescribed endovenous laser ablation. She also suggested that I wear compression stockings after the procedure. However, due to severe psoriasis and eczema on my feet, I cannot wear full-coverage stockings that cover them. They must always be in wet dressings, but cannot be fully covered. Would footless compression stockings be just as effective as full-coverage hose following the procedure?
What are the alternatives to TED stockings for patients with very, very sensitive skin? (8 answers)
I have a patient who needs TED stockings post-hip replacement surgery, but she has very, very sensitive skin. Any type of textile causes redness and itching. Do you know of any alternatives?
What do I do if my thigh-high stockings are digging into my groin? (8 answers)
I'm a few days out from a knee arthroscopy and manipulation. I have had the TED hose before when they did an ACL reconstruction and never had a problem. The stocking that was recently prescribed has been digging into my groin, causing it to become raw and painful. What can I do to fix this?
Is it common to have a bad experience wearing the Ted stocking? (8 answers)
I had total hip replacement on the left side and after surgery wore thigh-highTed stockings on both legs. I woke up in the middle of the night with stinging pain in one leg above the knee. My stocking had rolled down. The doctor did ultrasound and there was no clot. My leg hurts and then goes numb. Is this normal and what should I do?
Is it safe to wear compression stockings after you've had stress fractures on your feet? What if you also have neuropathy and leg swelling? (8 answers)
Should I wear compression stockings while exercising? I have a lot of spider veins and lift heavy weights. (8 answers)
I have a lot of spider veins on my legs. I lift heavy weights at the gym. Should I be wearing compression stockings while exercising to help prevent more veins, or does it matter? Thank you for your help!
Can compression stockings cause nerve damage? (8 answers)
I wore knee-length compression stockings during a 15+ hour flight. Now I have a numb-feeling on a patch of skin on the outside of my leg, just above the knee. I get periodic tingling; there's no pain but tingling like when a limb goes to sleep. Do socks cause nerve damage? It doesn't bother me but it feels weird.
Which has greater compression, TED hose or running compression socks? (8 answers)
My eye has been red ever since I started wearing compression stockings, is this normal? (8 answers)
Is a difference of 3 cm in the ankle too much for a compression pantyhose to remain effective? (8 answers)
I need to wear compression stockings and have been measured in a shop. They recommended a size small based on the size chart, but it will be too tight on my stomach. The medium, on the other hand, fits but not on the ankle. There is a +3cm difference. Can I still wear the medium and get the same benefits?
I had a pulomonary embolism, can I take my compression stockings off while I exercise? (8 answers)
I had a pulmonary embolism a month ago. I want to start exercising gradually (I'm an active young adult), but I think it'll be uncomfortable with the compression stockings. I know it can be difficult to put them on again and that I should wear them all day. What do you recommend? Is it OK to take them off when I exercise?
If you wear thigh-high compression stockings, will it cause your overall body to feel cold? If so, is this OK? (8 answers)
I'm normally hot-natured. I wore compression stockings yesterday and felt cold. I took them off last night and felt my normal self this morning. Does this mean they're too tight? Or, does this mean it's helping my circulation and I'm not used to it? Thank you
Can you have isolated popliteal reflux of 2 seconds and have healthy veins? (7 answers)
I had an ultrasound that showed r>l spiders around ankle, 2 sec reflux rt deep popliteal, everything else OK. He said my veins are great. But, I read >.5 is a problem. Can you have isolated 2 sec reflux and not be pathologic? Should I wear compression hose?
My compression stockings leave a line around my ankle, cut off circulation in my ankle/foot, and cause fluid to build in my foot. What should I do? (7 answers)
After wearing compression hose my head hurts, I feel nauseous, and my teet hurt. Why? (7 answers)
I have leaking valves in the vein of my right thigh. I've been told to wear compression hose level 20-30 mmHg. For two days now, after 2.5 hours, I get a nasty headache in my left temple, my jaw hurts and I feel nauseous. Why is this happening? Is this dangerous?
I wore compression stockings to bed and now my right foot aches, is this normal? What should I do? (7 answers)
If my compression stockings are causing my legs and ankles to swell even during elevation, what should I do? (7 answers)
I had a deep vein thrombosis. My legs and ankles have become swollen while wearing compression stockings, making getting shoes on and walking extremely uncomfortable. Elevating my legs with the stockings on doesn't help either. It is only when I take them off and elevate my legs do I feel relief. What should I do?
My husband is having pain in his heel after wearing compression socks, is this normal? (7 answers)
My husband started wearing compression socks. They were measured and seemed to be the correct fit for his legs, but then he started having pain in his heel from the socks. Is this normal? He needs to keep wearing the socks.
Which of the three running compression socks are best. (7 answers)
I am considering three different types of running compression socks. One is around 20mmHg, but I don't know if they are graduated because that's the only number I got. The other pair is between 14-28mmHg and is reversely graduated. The last is graduated and between 24-38mmHg. Of the three, which would you recommend?
I have clots in my left leg, can the right leg become affected too? (7 answers)
I have Factor V Leiden and now have two permanent clots in my left leg. I was also recently diagnosed with post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS). My question is about venous insufficiency, as my legs are tired and weak. Even though the clots are just in the left leg, can the right become affected too?
Is leg pain normal when wearing TED stockings? (7 answers)
I have soreness in my legs (inner calf area) when wearing TED stockings, is this normal?
Can compression stockings cause pain? (7 answers)
I was just diagnosed with an SVT in L medial lower leg halfway down. My symptoms began about 1" below medial knee joint. I just started wearing my compression stockings (20-30 mmHg). There was some relief for 9 hours, but I have much pain just below the medial knee again. Suggestions?
I was given TED hose after hip replacement surgery, how often can I take them off? (7 answers)
I had a total hip replacement roughly a month ago and was given TED hose to wear. I'm a pretty active person. How long can I take the hose off? Do I need to wear them around the house if I am up and about?
A year ago I had stents insterted into both legs. I will be flying long haul soon, should I wear compression socks? (7 answers)
I have veins showing after surgery (7 answers)
I had long and short libation, strip and avulsions in both legs one week ago. The left leg has been done for the second time, I can see veins still, will they disappear wearing the support stockings?
compression stockings for POTS (7 answers)
I am diagnosed with POTS (dysautonomia). What would be the proper compression? I am 106lb and think that 15-20 compression (recommended) is too low, since stockings do not stretch as they would on a heavier person. Is it safe to switch to 20-30?
What to do when compression stockings increase symptoms? (7 answers)
I had cramp for about a week in right let then swelling around ankle. Went to vein specialist, did ultrasound. No clots but could have been after the fact. Prescribed compression stockings because there is so much pain. Unfortunately no health insurance.
Ankle swelling (7 answers)
Im wearing comprehension stockings for bilateral ankle swelling that began 3 months ago and only have a varicose vein in the left leg. My vascular surgeon doesn't think the surgery will reduce the swelling in the affected leg. What to do?
Does a low pressure compression stockings helps to prevent leg cramps during sleep? (7 answers)
Does a low pressure compression stockings helps to prevent leg cramp during sleep?
I had knee surgery and the doctors put a stocking on my good leg. (7 answers)
I had knee surgey yesterday and they put a stocking on my good leg should i keep wearing it on the good leg?
Can i wear my TED stockings if my feet, ankles & calves are already swollen? (7 answers)
I have recently had surgery and was wearing TEDs while I was not mobil, I have had them off for about 4 days and done a lot of walking yesterday and now I have swelling in my feet, ankles & calves. Is it okay to put my TED stockings back on?
Should I be wearing compression stockings? (7 answers)
I am 21 years old and just bought some compression stockings but im not sure if thats what I need. My legs are always very tired, feel heavy, and also feel swollen around my ankles. I've also noticed a couple of spider veins on my legs.
How long does it take Compression Stockings to work? (7 answers)
How long after starting to wear these, will I see results?My calve has improved, but the ankle is still huge and the foot quite puffy.
How much pressure should a Compression Stocking have? (7 answers)
How does one calculate the compression in stocking?
What level of compression stocking I should get? (7 answers)
I have been running lately and while I run, my left foot gets tingly and wants to fall asleep and then throughout the day from my knee down to my toes it tingles off and on. I believe compression stockings will help.
What material are Compression Stockings made of? (6 answers)
I'm confused which compression stockings to get because when I try to buy online they ask what material.
Where do we buy stockings locally to Huntington Station? (6 answers)
Any recommendatinos on where do we buy stockings locally to Huntington Station?
Should a diabetic wear compression stockings 24 hours daily? (6 answers)
Should compression stockings be worn 24 hours per day continuously or not just worn at bedtime?
Bulging veins in my legs. Wearing compression socks, but legs tend to jerk (6 answers)
I am waiting on surgery for my leg veins and started wearing compression socks again after not wearing them for years. I have only been taking them off when I bathe. My legs have started feeling restless and jerky when I lay or sit. When I take the compression socks off they don't jerk. What can I do in the meantime until the surgery?
My legs feel colder now that I'm wearing my compression stockings; is this normal? (6 answers)
My legs feel colder now that I'm wearing my compression stockings; is this normal?
Can I wear compression stockings during my menstrual period? (6 answers)
Can I wear compression stockings during my menstrual period?
Can you use body lotion on your legs before you wear TED stockings? (6 answers)
Can you use body lotion on your legs before you wear TED stockings?
Wearing Ted Hose 24 hours? (6 answers)
My wife has no movement on her left side, therefore can not move her left leg and can not circulate the blood in that leg. Should she wear Ted Hose 24 hours a day?
My legs throb, twitch, and ache at night. (6 answers)
I am wearing thigh high compression stockings all day long and they are helping but as soon as I take them off at night to sleep my legs start throbbing, tingling, aching, jerking, etc. Should I continue to wear them at night or take them off?
I think the compression hose is causing more pain? (6 answers)
I had EVLT greater saphenous vein on right leg in mid May 2011 and two phlebectomys on the ankle. I have A LOT of spider veins on the anterior dorsum of the ankle and it still aches daily. Why does wearing 15-20mmHG hose make it hurt worse? Is this normal?
Are my toes in danger if they are numb, stiff, and swollen after wearing compression stockings? (6 answers)
How long should I wear compression socks after a surgery in the abdomen? (6 answers)
My compression stockings make me feel off balance, why is that? (6 answers)
I've recently been diagnosed with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and have been advised to wear compression stockings. I purchased a pair of 8-15mmHg hose and I feel off balance. My ankles also feel weird when I walk. Is this normal?
I have poor circulation in my feet, would compression stockings help? (6 answers)
I'm 16 years old and have poor circulation in my feet, so they're always cold and sometimes they tingle. Also, cuts I get on my feet take forever to heal. Would compression socks help?
After wearing thigh-high compression stockings, the skin that was in the hose is now lighter in color. Is this a problem? (5 answers)
Can support hose cause bruising and leg cramps? (5 answers)
I was prescribed compression stockings yesterday after being diagnosed with chronic venous insufficiency with hypopigmentation. Today, I have new bruising on my legs and am having charlie horses. Can this be caused by the stockings? Thank you!
Is it normal to get cold feet in one of legs with compression stocking (knee high), but not the other? (5 answers)
I'm a woman in my 20s and wear compression stockings for pain in my legs and because of a family history of varicose veins. While wearing the stockings, one foot and leg tends to get cold. Is this normal?
Should I have Bruises from my compression stocking? (5 answers)
I am 16 years old and was put in a compression stocking on my right foot after fracturing my lisfranc joint in my foot playing hockey 3 months ago. I am now getting bruises on my mid foot where I injured my foot and on the sides. Is this normal?
My new TED stockings hurt, is this normal? (5 answers)
I had acl surgery with a meniscus repair a week ago and left the facility with TED stockings on. I'm waiting for a call back from my surgeon but in the interim I purchased a pair at the local drug store because the others felt dirty after 7 days. The new ones hurt, is this normal?
What is best treatment for lipodermatosclerosis? (5 answers)
For 4 yr I have had inflamed nodules turning into sclerotic tissue. Biopsy first interpreted as Erythema Nodosum, then another path calls it LDS. Full venous studies negative for CVI-perfect veins.Is it reasonable to continue taking Trental..or what?
I'm wearing stockings, but they don't seem to help. (5 answers)
If I'm wearing stockings and they don't help my weak legs, is surgery the next step?
Post phlebitic syndrome 35 years later? (5 answers)
Can you develope post phlebitic syndrome 35 years after having a blood clot in the deep vein?
Chaps style for the wrong leg? (5 answers)
Is it alright to use chaps style compression stockings that state they are for one leg on the other? I have right leg chaps, but want to wear them on my left leg? Can they be turned inside out and worn?
I have a multi colored bruise after heart ablation (5 answers)
I have a big multi color bruise from cardiac ablation but it seems to be traveling down my leg and I have some swelling as well. Is this normal?
Does wearing compression stockings during pregnancy prevent vein problems? (5 answers)
I really don’t want to end up with vein problems once my daughter is born. Can wearing compression stockings during pregnancy prevent varicose veins?
Can compression stockings help a severe hematoma? (4 answers)
A car hit my leg and bruised it severely. I have some pain and some problems bending it back. It feels a little numb at times in one area. But I can still feel it.
What can I do about the top of stocking digging into my calf? (4 answers)
The stockings fit but the tops of them dig into my skin and is painful. Is there anything I can do to stop it? Can I put an elastic bandage or something under them to help with that?
Is my compression stocking not allowing a bruise on my foot to heal? (4 answers)
The top of my foot feels bruised and has felt that way for awhile. I wear a compression stocking daily because I did Thrombolysis to clear out a clot. I am 26 yrs old so I usually heal fast. Is the compression stocking keeping the bruise from healing?
What if Compression Stkgs are making my legs hurt worse? (4 answers)
Does this mean that there is something wrong other than varicose veins? It's mostly in my right leg. They make my legs itch, and I get burning sensations. It drives me so crazy I have to take them off! They are 15-20 mmHg and I was measured.
Painful/Sensitive skin after removing stockings? (4 answers)
I wear knee-high compression stockings occassionally for swollen ankles and feet. Why is the skin on my lower legs VERY painful/sensitive to the touch after removing the stockings. Stays painful for about a day. Is this even normal?
When I remove stockings to bathe, the foot of the affected leg is much much pinker. Is that normal? I had knee surgery several weeks ago. (4 answers)
When I remove stockings to bathe, the foot of the affected leg is much much pinker. Is that normal? I had knee surgery several weeks ago.
After wearing my Juzo compression stocking for an hour, I began to have pain and tightness in my chest. What should I do? (4 answers)
My Juzo compression stockings seemed too tight despite the fact I was measured and fitted for them by a doctor. After wearing the hose for an hour, I began to have pain and tightness in my chest, which got worse quickly. I removed them and the symptoms settled down. Why would this happen and what should I do?
What's the right way to put on thigh-high, open-toe compression stockings? What's the max strength that should be worn? (4 answers)
My compression stockings don't feel tight but they cause my lower calf muscle to get tight and sore, is this normal? (4 answers)
I recently bought a pair of grad compress socks (15-20 mmgh). They feel great on and don't feel too tight but I do notice that my lower calf muscle gets a bit tight & sore wearing them. The socks do not feel tight when they're worn. Is this normal?
How do compression stockings afect the venous capacitance? (3 answers)
Can you explain how compression stockings work and how they affect the venous capacitance? Thank you
I had injections in my veins and since then, I have had bad pains and weakness in my right leg. Why is this? (3 answers)
I had injections in my veins and since then, I have had bad pains weakness in my right leg. Why is this?
Why am I bruising from my compression stockings? (2 answers)
I'm on Plavix for heart Issues but my vascular doctor prescribed compression hose for the pain, varicose veins, discoloration and swelling in my legs. Since wearing them I am bruising badly when taking them off. 26 bruises. Are they too tight or what's the problem?
Must I wear two compression stockings for unilateral edema? (2 answers)
I have unilateral edema. I am also diabetic. Must I wear two compression stockings? Also, if my edema is better after wearing the hose, may I skip wearing them till the edema returns?
Do compression stockings cause bruises on the mid-foot? (2 answers)
I am a 16 years old and have been put in compression stocking after a severe midfoot fracture I recived playing hockey. I have only been in it for two days and have started to get brusing on my midfoot where I fractured it. Is that normal?
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