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Should compression stockings be worn 24 hours per day continuously or not just worn at bedtime?
Per your doctors orders.
James A. Heinz-M.A.H.A.
For varicose veins wearing during the day is best. At night is not necessary.
Absolutely not. Compression hose are meant to be worn when gravity exerts the most pressure. This is when you are upright. They should be removed before you go to bed.
If you are sitting at home in the evening with your legs up watching TV they could be removed then also. Make sure they are fitted correctly by a certified fitter, measured early in the day.
If you have issues with neuropathy, you need to check your feet frequently that there is no rubbing, pinching or bunching of the hose.
Norman N. Bein MD FACS RVT
Diabetics should have an arterial exam prior to wearing compression hose. Then, they should be worn only during waking hours.
Typically compression stockings have maximum benefit when a person is standing upright, as it help return blood to the heart and helps negate some negative effects of gravity. Since those gravitational forces are minimized to a great extent while a person is laying in bed, there is not much benefit to wearing compression stockings while asleep in bed. It would be better to prop one's feet up on a pillow at night.
Because you are a diabetic does not mean that you need to wear compression stockings. These should be warn for venous insufficiency, venous stasis, edema or various venous problems. As far as when to wear them, in general, they do not need to be worn at bedtime because the venous pressure is lower when supine. You should be evaluated by a vein care specialist.