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How do you wear compression stockings?

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Smooth out the stockings so they lie flat against your skin. Avoid bunching.

Make sure they aren't too long. Don't fold or roll the tops down, because that can make them too tight. It could cause blood flow problems or cut off your circulation like a tourniquet.

If your doctor told you to wear them, you'll probably want to keep them on most of the time, but you can take them off to shower or bathe. You can wear socks, slippers, and shoes over compression stockings. Check with your doctor about how often and how long you need to use them.

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Prevention."

CDC: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)/Pulmonary Embolism (PE) - Blood Clot Forming in a Vein."

Johns Hopkins University: "Varicose Vein Treatment."

NIH , spring 2011. MedlinePlus

Examiner: "Do compression socks work? New study suggests not for running."

Laymon, A. Indiana University, 2010.

Competitor: "How Compression Apparel Works," "Do Compression Socks Really Work?"

Absolute Medical: "Buyers Guide for Compression Stockings."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 8, 2019

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Prevention."

CDC: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)/Pulmonary Embolism (PE) - Blood Clot Forming in a Vein."

Johns Hopkins University: "Varicose Vein Treatment."

NIH , spring 2011. MedlinePlus

Examiner: "Do compression socks work? New study suggests not for running."

Laymon, A. Indiana University, 2010.

Competitor: "How Compression Apparel Works," "Do Compression Socks Really Work?"

Absolute Medical: "Buyers Guide for Compression Stockings."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 8, 2019

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