Why are my compression stockings causing unbearable pain?

Compression Stockings . 11 answers . 1 year ago

I was fitted for compression stockings and when I would wear them, my circulation seemed to get worse. It felt like my toes were going to fall off because I couldn't feel them. When I take them off, the "pins" and "needles" are unbearable. Is this normal?

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1 year ago by Advanced Vein Center (View Profile)

No, the symptoms you speak of are not normal. It sounds like the compression stockings don't fit right. Maybe you need a different brand, size or compression.

1 year ago by Advanced Vein Center (View Profile)

No, the symptoms you speak of are not normal. It sounds like the compression stockings don't fit right. Maybe you need a different brand, size or compression.


1 year ago by General Vascular Surgery Group (View Profile)

Sounds like the compression stockings are too tight.

1 year ago by General Vascular Surgery Group (View Profile)

Sounds like the compression stockings are too tight.


1 year ago by Arizona Vein Specialists

You omit your age and whether you smoke or have arterial disease. Sometimes the stockings are too tight and the next size feels better, or a reduction in compression class is helpful. Have your doctor check an ankle/brachial index. You absolutely should not wear them with the symptoms you describe.

1 year ago by Arizona Vein Specialists

You omit your age and whether you smoke or have arterial disease. Sometimes the stockings are too tight and the next size feels better, or a reduction in compression class is helpful. Have your doctor check an ankle/brachial index. You absolutely should not wear them with the symptoms you describe.


1 year ago by Vein Specialties of St. Louis (View Profile)

There can be several reasons you are experiencing this unusual discomfort. Firstly, you were not measured correctly. The best time is as early in the morning as possible before there may be any swelling. You should be fitted and measured by someone who is experienced. The type of hose you were fitted into makes a difference also. There are less expensive brands which are difficult to apply and have less "stretch". When these are applied, it is difficult to get a good stretch in the lower leg and often this can cause discomfort. Compression hose have to be well-stretched from the foot to the knee. That is the tightest compression. Additionally, if your sizing isn't quite correct it can affect the fit. Just because someone falls into a size range doesn't mean that is the best hose for them. There are many brands out there and they do vary in fit. An experienced fitter would know this. I would talk with the people who fitted you.

1 year ago by Vein Specialties of St. Louis (View Profile)

There can be several reasons you are experiencing this unusual discomfort. Firstly, you were not measured correctly. The best time is as early in the morning as possible before there may be any swelling. You should be fitted and measured by someone who is experienced. The type of hose you were fitted into makes a difference also. There are less expensive brands which are difficult to apply and have less "stretch". When these are applied, it is difficult to get a good stretch in the lower leg and often this can cause discomfort. Compression hose have to be well-stretched from the foot to the knee. That is the tightest compression. Additionally, if your sizing isn't quite correct it can affect the fit. Just because someone falls into a size range doesn't mean that is the best hose for them. There are many brands out there and they do vary in fit. An experienced fitter would know this. I would talk with the people who fitted you.


1 year ago by Advanced Vein & Laser Centre (View Profile)

That is not typical. I'd recommend you discuss this with your treating physician.

1 year ago by Advanced Vein & Laser Centre (View Profile)

That is not typical. I'd recommend you discuss this with your treating physician.


1 year ago by Heart and Vein Center (View Profile)

It sounds like the stockings are too tight. You need a bit less pressure or a larger size.

1 year ago by Heart and Vein Center (View Profile)

It sounds like the stockings are too tight. You need a bit less pressure or a larger size.


1 year ago by VEIN911 (View Profile)

Pain or other lifestyle-limiting symptoms related to the use of compression hose is never normal. Possible explanations include improperly fitted hose or hose that are simply too tight. Compression hose have varying strengths of compression. Hose that cause foot pain, numbness or tingling should be removed and your physician consulted. These kinds of symptoms may indicate artery and/or nerve compression.

1 year ago by VEIN911 (View Profile)

Pain or other lifestyle-limiting symptoms related to the use of compression hose is never normal. Possible explanations include improperly fitted hose or hose that are simply too tight. Compression hose have varying strengths of compression. Hose that cause foot pain, numbness or tingling should be removed and your physician consulted. These kinds of symptoms may indicate artery and/or nerve compression.


1 year ago by Vanish Vein and Laser Center (View Profile)

This is not normal. Either your stockings are not fitted properly or you may have underlying peripheral arterial disease which could be a contraindication to wearing the stockings. You should follow up with a vascular surgeon.

1 year ago by Vanish Vein and Laser Center (View Profile)

This is not normal. Either your stockings are not fitted properly or you may have underlying peripheral arterial disease which could be a contraindication to wearing the stockings. You should follow up with a vascular surgeon.


1 year ago by Milford Vascular Institute (View Profile)

No, this is not normal. Your compression stockings are probably too small and fitted improperly. I would return back to the vendor and ask to be measured again.

1 year ago by Milford Vascular Institute (View Profile)

No, this is not normal. Your compression stockings are probably too small and fitted improperly. I would return back to the vendor and ask to be measured again.


1 year ago by Americas Vein Centers - Southborough (View Profile)

We recommend that patients wear thigh-high compression stockings before and/or after vein procedures. If you are wearing knee-high stockings, you may need to switch to either thigh-high or panty hose. I hope this is helpful.

1 year ago by Americas Vein Centers - Southborough (View Profile)

We recommend that patients wear thigh-high compression stockings before and/or after vein procedures. If you are wearing knee-high stockings, you may need to switch to either thigh-high or panty hose. I hope this is helpful.


1 year ago by Laser Vein Center (View Profile)

It sounds like the compression stockings don't fit correctly.

1 year ago by Laser Vein Center (View Profile)

It sounds like the compression stockings don't fit correctly.


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