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Elastic compression stockings are prescribed to treat all vein problems. Wearing them may be the most important thing you do to manage your symptoms. The stockings fit tightly around the ankle, gradually reducing in pressure as they go up the legs. This helps keep blood flowing to the heart. As a result, swelling is reduced. Your doctor will prescribe stockings at a safe pressure for you. He or she will also tell you how often to wear and remove the stockings. Follow these instructions closely. Also, do not buy or wear compression stockings without first seeing your doctor.
To wear stockings safely and to get the most benefit:
Wear the length prescribed by your doctor.
Pull them to the designated height and no farther. Don’t let them bunch at the top. This can restrict blood flow and increase swelling.
Wear the stockings for the amount of time recommended by your doctor. Replace them when they start to feel loose. This will likely be every 3 to 6 months.
Remove them as directed by your doctor. When removed, wash your legs. Then check your legs and feet for sores. Call your doctor if a sore is found. Don’t put the stockings back on unless directed by your doctor.
Wash the stockings as instructed. They may need to be handwashed.