The latest health news is full of valuable information, including information about conditions that can be remediated at least somewhat by the wearing of compression socks. These stockings help your veins work properly, plus they can help to control chronic swelling in the feet, ankles, and legs. Here is some helpful information that can help you get the greatest benefits from your compression socks.
How and When You Put On Your Compression Socks Matters
Unless your health care provider has told you otherwise, the following procedure is the ideal way to use these special socks. First, put the socks on before you even get out of bed in the morning. The reason for this is that your legs will be less swollen after a night of rest and elevation. This helps to make wearing the socks more beneficial, plus it helps you put them on easier.
Keep your fingernails neatly trimmed and free of hangnails or snags to prevent them catching on the socks, and if you have problems with your grip, try wearing medical gloves to make donning or adjusting the socks easier.
If you shower in the morning, put your socks on as soon as you are able to. Be sure your skin is completely dry prior to donning the compression socks, since moisture can cause them to stick. If you use lotion on your legs, try applying it at night, after you take the socks off, instead of applying it in the morning. If your skin is dry and you must moisturize prior to donning the stockings, use a non-oil based moisturizer, since oils can weaken the fibers in the socks and shorten their life span.
Be sure to wear your stockings for the prescribed amount of time each day, and unless you have been advised to keep them on at night, remove them once you are in bed for the evening. Call your doctor if pain, tingling, redness, or swelling increases, or if you have new leg symptoms, or if the compression socks seem to be increasing leg pain.
Caring for Compression Socks
Just like every other type of sock, compression socks need to be washed before being worn again. Some brands are machine washable, while others must be hand laundered. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions exactly when laundering these socks, and if possible, use a product designed specifically for washing them. Failing to follow instructions can result in the stockings becoming damaged and not functioning properly. Properly cared for, compression stockings can last for six months or even longer.