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Old 11-17-2022, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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How many hours a day do they say to wear them?

If the issue is just with one foot, do you have to wear on both feet?

Can anyone suggest the best compression socks for the cheapest $? I need 20-30mmHg (mercury). TIA!

(Any other info, tips, etc. would be appreciated!)
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Old 11-17-2022, 03:20 PM
 
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How many hours a day do they say to wear them?

If the issue is just with one foot, do you have to wear on both feet?

Can anyone suggest the best compression socks for the cheapest $? I need 20-30mmHg (mercury). TIA!

(Any other info, tips, etc. would be appreciated!)
Amazon has a variety of compression socks. I put mine on in the morning and take them off at night. however sometimes they feel too tight, so I take them off at that time.
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Old 11-17-2022, 03:46 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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There are different types intended for different purposes. Why do you feel the need to wear them? They might not be a great idea for some conditions. I would discuss whether or not wearing them might be beneficial for your situation with a doctor before doing so. That might also suggest how long to wear them to get the most benefit and when it might be better to take them off.
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Old 11-17-2022, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Southwestern, USA, now.
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Don't sleep with them...don't know exactly why ---but a doctor instantly said, No.
Since you know what you need - you should be able to buy them on Amazon ...and, no,
only wear one for the one in need.
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Old 11-17-2022, 06:48 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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Don't sleep with them...don't know exactly why ---but a doctor instantly said, No.
Since you know what you need - you should be able to buy them on Amazon ...and, no,
only wear one for the one in need.
This might help:

https://www.healthline.com/health/ca...cks-be-harmful
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Old 11-17-2022, 07:37 PM
 
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How many hours a day do they say to wear them?

If the issue is just with one foot, do you have to wear on both feet?

Ask your doctor


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Can anyone suggest the best compression socks for the cheapest $? I need 20-30mmHg (mercury). TIA!

(Any other info, tips, etc. would be appreciated!)

Ask your medical supply dealer
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Old 11-17-2022, 08:28 PM
 
Location: USA
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You should be fitted for compression socks/stockings. Socks/stockings come in different heights, and it is very important that the circumference of your ankle, calf, and thigh be accommodated by the product.


Even a slight error in circumference will affect your comfort and the efficacy of the sock/stocking.

Your doctor should be involved in the selection of the proper product.

Medical grade compression stockings can be dangerous if the wrong size or compression pressure is worn.
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Old 11-18-2022, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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Thanks a lot guys! I'll return to this thread to read any more posts. Had my vascular dr/surgeon appt this past Wed. He said to get some compression socks off Amazon & to get the 20-30 mercury, which I later found out also meant mmhg. I'm to try them for about a month to see how they work, otherwise, the next step is vein ablation in which he'll burn the vein &/or insert foam. I surely don't want that! He said the socks have helped some people.

My foot started swelling out of the blue for the first time in my life in mid-Sept (2022). I guess it's from a combo of a 15-yr old Achilles tendon rupture injury (which is the ankle) in which things have gradually built up in the foot PLUS for the last 8 yrs, 7 mos, I work at a desk & sit 9-10+ hrs/day for 6 or sometimes all 7 days a week. I've gotten up to move around as much as I could.

So, all this compression sock stuff is all new to me & when I got home from the vascular appt, there were a couple questions I forgot to ask as many of us may because we're trying to write down the initial info the dr says, so I'm learning about the socks as I got. In looking around on a few sites, they say to measure the calf & ankle, which I did.

I did order a couple of brands to try in which I got those brand recommendations (from surely NOT the dr).

I've started to wonder if compression socks are alright for people who've had achilles tendon ruptures, anyone happen to know? I'll ask the podiatrist I'm also working w/. See, I have 2 separate issues going on w/ my foot, so I'm working w/ 2 types of specialists (podiatrist & vascular).



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You should be fitted for compression socks/stockings. Socks/stockings come in different heights, and it is very important that the circumference of your ankle, calf, and thigh be accommodated by the product.


Even a slight error in circumference will affect your comfort and the efficacy of the sock/stocking.

Your doctor should be involved in the selection of the proper product.

Medical grade compression stockings can be dangerous if the wrong size or compression pressure is worn.


Yes well, he surely wasn't that involved in my sock-buying process as you see what I told you he said above. I don't know know how thorough w/ their patients drs were yrs ago OR even pre-COVID since I never had to see drs really much before), but they seem to just tell you the minimum nowadays IF even that.

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Old 11-18-2022, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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My Dw has one leg that is swollen.

A few years ago, she broke her leg, it healed, but then it had to be re-broken set and they installed a metal strap to hold the bones in position for it to heal properly. During all of this, there formed a blood clot about 24 inches long. Which caused blood to pool in her leg and could not return to her thorax. They put her on a blood thinner for a year, to break up the blood clot. but even after all of that this one leg is still swollen. She now wears a compression sock if she is going to be walking or standing for any length of time. She had to closely examine each sock on the market to determine which ones work best for her.

Good luck
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Old 11-18-2022, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Chemnitz, Germany
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I have varicose veins in the lower part of both of my legs. I wear 20-30mmHg open toe knee-high compression socks. The open toe socks are easier for me to put on and take off, and you have to learn the correct method of putting them on - basically inside out. The skin needs to be completely dry.

I recommend this website where you can buy direct from the supplier - Doc Miller. They have a big variety of compression socks from ankle high, knee high or above the knee.
https://docmillersports.com/

I have used their products for over 3 years, and they are very good quality, good price and can last for a long time. I have 7 pair which I rotate after using each pair for 2 days. I put them on when I get out of bed in the morning, and remove them at night when going to bed. I machine wash in cold water with a small amount of mild detergent, and air dry. I also wear a light ankle sock over the compression socks, so I don't wear out the compression socks when wearing shoes or walking indoors without shoes. I usually wear indoor sandals in the house. Once per year in January, I order 7 new pair that will last me 12 months.
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