Is it safe to wear low compression knee high stockings?

I have peripheral nephropathy. Told not to and also told it was fine. How do I know what to do? CT Angiogram of Abdominal Aorta with Lower extremity CTA runoff with contrast Nov. 27, 2015, Unless noted; arteries patent.Right lower- There are atherosclerosis changes involving the common femoral artery. There are atherosclerotic changes seen along the vessel wall of the superficial femoral artery. Left lower - There is a mild stenosis within the mid superficial femoral artery measuring 3mm.

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If they are making your legs feel better (low compression knee high stockings) you can wear them.

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If they are making your legs feel better (low compression knee high stockings) you can wear them.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Normand Miller, MD, FACS, RPVI, RVT

Published on May 03, 2018

When we talk about low compression stockings, we mean a compression in the range of 15-20 mm Hg. The presence of atherosclerotic changes on a CTA does not represent a contraindication to compression stockings. The best way to determine if you can wear any type of compression stocking is the presence or absence of pulses in the feet. If your pulses are clearly palpable by an experienced physician, then you could wear a compression of 15-20 mm Hg, and very likely of 20-30 mm Hg, without any risk. If the pulses in the feet are not clearly palpable, a Doppler test with pressure measurements at the ankles would give a very clear answer regarding your ability to wear compression stockings.

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Answered by Normand Miller, MD, FACS, RPVI, RVT

When we talk about low compression stockings, we mean a compression in the range of 15-20 mm Hg. The presence of atherosclerotic changes on a CTA does not represent a contraindication to compression stockings. The best way to determine if you can wear any type of compression stocking is the presence or absence of pulses in the feet. If your pulses are clearly palpable by an experienced physician, then you could wear a compression of 15-20 mm Hg, and very likely of 20-30 mm Hg, without any risk. If the pulses in the feet are not clearly palpable, a Doppler test with pressure measurements at the ankles would give a very clear answer regarding your ability to wear compression stockings.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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