• Wear It Well: The Ins and Outs of Compression Stockings


    For some people with leg vein problems, compression stockings can reduce and prevent the swelling that causes pain. It is important to check with your doctor to get the right fit and learn how best to use these stockings.

    • Follow your doctor’s instructions about pulling them up to the right height.
    • Buy stockings with the correct pressure (as prescribed by your doctor).
    • Shop around for the best price. You don’t have to buy them at the doctor’s office. Check your local pharmacy and online.
    • Get them in the right style, length and color for you.
    • Smooth out wrinkles and creases.
    • Do not sleep in your stockings unless your doctor told you to do so.
    • Buy new stockings every 4 to 6 months, sooner if they become loose.