My compression socks make my legs hurt more and they become swollen when I wear them. Is that normal?

Compression Stockings . 12 answers . 2 years ago

How big of a size do compression stockings come in?

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2 years ago by Advanced Vein Center (View Profile)

I would guess your compression stocking is not a good fit because you should not have these problems. We stock several brands because the best fit for each patient may vary from one brand to another. Get fitted again and go to a reputable medical supply store or vein practice that deals with this on a regular basis.

2 years ago by Advanced Vein Center (View Profile)

I would guess your compression stocking is not a good fit because you should not have these problems. We stock several brands because the best fit for each patient may vary from one brand to another. Get fitted again and go to a reputable medical supply store or vein practice that deals with this on a regular basis.


2 years ago by Vein Center of Orange County (View Profile)

Compression stockings come in many strengths, sizes, and configurations designed to fit properly for a given person's legs and should make your legs feel better, not worse. Check with your doctor or supplier to see what's wrong.

2 years ago by Vein Center of Orange County (View Profile)

Compression stockings come in many strengths, sizes, and configurations designed to fit properly for a given person's legs and should make your legs feel better, not worse. Check with your doctor or supplier to see what's wrong.


2 years ago by General Vascular Surgery Group (View Profile)

Sounds like you may need a size adjustment. See your doctor for better, customized fitting.

2 years ago by General Vascular Surgery Group (View Profile)

Sounds like you may need a size adjustment. See your doctor for better, customized fitting.


2 years ago by Cosmetic Vein Centers of Texas (View Profile)

The hose can cause those symptoms. Also, hose come in all sizes and custom hose are available. You may need another size.

2 years ago by Cosmetic Vein Centers of Texas (View Profile)

The hose can cause those symptoms. Also, hose come in all sizes and custom hose are available. You may need another size.


2 years ago by Tulane Heart & Vascular Institute (View Profile)

If the swelling gets worse with the compression hose then the compression is not adequate. If the compression is not adequate and the swelling gets worse, it would be expected that the symptoms get worse. It's not a matter of size, it's a matter of elastic recoil and the associated pressure.

2 years ago by Tulane Heart & Vascular Institute (View Profile)

If the swelling gets worse with the compression hose then the compression is not adequate. If the compression is not adequate and the swelling gets worse, it would be expected that the symptoms get worse. It's not a matter of size, it's a matter of elastic recoil and the associated pressure.


2 years ago by Vein Center at University Medicine and Cardiology (View Profile)

Most medical supply stores should carry up to XXL, but larger sizes can be custom ordered.

2 years ago by Vein Center at University Medicine and Cardiology (View Profile)

Most medical supply stores should carry up to XXL, but larger sizes can be custom ordered.


2 years ago by Advanced Vein & Laser Centre (View Profile)

If the compression hose make your legs hurt more than without them, they are probably not the proper fit for you. I'd contact the physician who prescribed them and have him/her make a recommendation. Compression hose do come in various sizes (small to XX large).

2 years ago by Advanced Vein & Laser Centre (View Profile)

If the compression hose make your legs hurt more than without them, they are probably not the proper fit for you. I'd contact the physician who prescribed them and have him/her make a recommendation. Compression hose do come in various sizes (small to XX large).


2 years ago by Vein Clinic of North Carolina (View Profile)

Your compression socks should not make your legs hurt worse or cause more swelling. Have you been measured and prescribed compression stockings? If you have not, I would recommend you get measured to make sure you have the correct size. And, have you had an evaluation for cause of pain and swelling? If not, I also recommend you have an evaluation for your symptoms.

2 years ago by Vein Clinic of North Carolina (View Profile)

Your compression socks should not make your legs hurt worse or cause more swelling. Have you been measured and prescribed compression stockings? If you have not, I would recommend you get measured to make sure you have the correct size. And, have you had an evaluation for cause of pain and swelling? If not, I also recommend you have an evaluation for your symptoms.


2 years ago by Vein Specialists (View Profile)

It is not unusual for compression hose to "hurt" when you first apply them.
It takes some getting used to and I usually advise my patients to ease
themselves into the wearing of hose(2 hours the first day then 4 hours and
then longer as you can tolerate them). Remember that any length of time is
more than you were wearing before and will be of benefit. Compression
hose are most effective when applied first thing in the morning before you
get out of bed. Obviously, this may not be possible for some, but the
general idea is to apply them as early in the day as possible to prevent the
pressure from building in the veins and the fluid (serum) from seeping out
of the veins into the surrounding tissue. Compression hose in bed at night
is not critical(as there is little hydrostatic pressure in the veins when
lying supine in bed) and may be omitted for comfort.

2 years ago by Vein Specialists (View Profile)

It is not unusual for compression hose to "hurt" when you first apply them.
It takes some getting used to and I usually advise my patients to ease
themselves into the wearing of hose(2 hours the first day then 4 hours and
then longer as you can tolerate them). Remember that any length of time is
more than you were wearing before and will be of benefit. Compression
hose are most effective when applied first thing in the morning before you
get out of bed. Obviously, this may not be possible for some, but the
general idea is to apply them as early in the day as possible to prevent the
pressure from building in the veins and the fluid (serum) from seeping out
of the veins into the surrounding tissue. Compression hose in bed at night
is not critical(as there is little hydrostatic pressure in the veins when
lying supine in bed) and may be omitted for comfort.


2 years ago by Vanish Vein and Laser Center (View Profile)

This is not normal. Most people can get by with over-the-counter support hose. However, in your case, you cay require custom fitted stockings and you should see a vein specialist for an evaluation.

2 years ago by Vanish Vein and Laser Center (View Profile)

This is not normal. Most people can get by with over-the-counter support hose. However, in your case, you cay require custom fitted stockings and you should see a vein specialist for an evaluation.


2 years ago by Health Qare Associates of Northern Virginia (View Profile)

No, it is not normal for the compression stockings to hurt and they should not be causing swelling. The stockings come in a variety of sizes, up to XXL. You should be measured to ensure that you get the right size stockings.

2 years ago by Health Qare Associates of Northern Virginia (View Profile)

No, it is not normal for the compression stockings to hurt and they should not be causing swelling. The stockings come in a variety of sizes, up to XXL. You should be measured to ensure that you get the right size stockings.


2 years ago by Americas Vein Centers - Southborough (View Profile)

Compression stockings maybe better than socks, but you will need to be evaluated under ultrasound machine. Please call one of our vein centers to book a free consultation.

2 years ago by Americas Vein Centers - Southborough (View Profile)

Compression stockings maybe better than socks, but you will need to be evaluated under ultrasound machine. Please call one of our vein centers to book a free consultation.

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