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Unfortunately I bought a pair of compression stockings that are too tight. I have worn them already and can't return them at this point. Is there a way to stretch them them out?
There is no great way to stretch out compression stockings, although washing them a few times and drying them in the dryer usually helps.
Either lose weight or get a new, properly measured pair.
To my knowledge there is no good way to stretch out compression stockings.
Unfortunately, there is no way to stretch out compression stockings without compromising the graduated compression of the hose. Are you absolutely sure they are the wrong size? Compression hose do just that, compress. Before you give up on them, why don't you have your legs measured (ankle circumference, calf circ., thigh circ.) and compare the measurements to the sizing chart on the box to see if indeed the hose you have are the wrong size. All the best!
Absolutely not. Medical compression hose should be measured and fitted by a certified and experienced fitter. If they do not fit correctly, they can impair circulation. If they do not fit correctly, they shouldn't be worn. I recommend you get fitted for the right hose.
All support hose are intended to be tight, but not so much that they begin to cause pain and discomfort. Please go to a surgical supply shop to discuss the proper way to put them on. It should take 5 minutes per leg. The assistant may also be able to suggest ways to stretch them out. If the compression stockings are ill-fitted and in fact just too tight, you may want to be resized and refitted for a new pair.
Compression stockings are supposed to be tight, unless they are turning your skin blue or hurting so much that you can't stand it. Did you get measured by a medial supply company? If not, that could be the reason they are too tight. Compression stockings need to be properly fitted.
Stretching the stockings will not work and will only make them less useful. Unfortunately, you will probably need to replace the current stockings with a proper fitting pair.
If the compression hose are in fact too tight, maybe you should get remeasured.
Compression stockings do stretch a little bit after they've been worn. Remember, they are supposed to be tight but too tight isn't good. I would check with the store or doctor where you bought them to make sure they were properly measured.