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watkinsme
05-04-2012, 04:13 PM
Whenever I fly or drive for more than a few hours my ankles swell. My dr suggested I get some compression socks/hose. I asked where - she said online or in a store (that was about as much help as I got from her)

So does anyone here wear them - and can you tell me what to look for - I am pooh sized if that makes any difference. I tried some from walmart but they did nothing.

I Love Pluto
05-04-2012, 05:25 PM
Stores that sell & rent medical equipment have them. They're sold in regular & in queen size if needed.

I have purchased them online - I'm sorry, but I forget the name of the company. Look up "Jobst compression stockings" - you should find a lot of companies to choose from.

You want Jobst stockings. Try the 8 to 15 compression first. If that's not enough, try the 15 to 20. They go up in number from there, but I would not wear anything higher without a dr. prescription for them. I like the full stocking (up to the knee) with the reinforced toe & heel. The open toe ones bunch up inside your shoe when you're wearing them.

Good luck. The compression hose will help you. :goodvibes

dragonfly57005
05-04-2012, 06:06 PM
Try a home medical equipment store. They will measure you so you get a proper fit. You might ask your doctor for a prescription so that you can run it through your deductible with your health insurance.

watkinsme
05-04-2012, 09:15 PM
thanks :) I now have a different dr (the one who mentioned it was my old one before we moved) I need to make an appt with her anyway to get a referral for an allergist ;)

A Mickeyfan
05-05-2012, 09:16 AM
My sister got hers from a medical equipment store

DisneyMim
05-07-2012, 10:10 AM
My husband buys his from a medical supply store. His Doctor gave him the name. On a quick note, what I have learned (even though you didn't ask LOL!!). I buy those little packages of Woolite and wash them in the sink when we are in a hotel. They dry super quick overnight!! Good Luck and..

Enjoy The Magic!!

smitch425
05-07-2012, 10:12 AM
Pretty sure DH got his at Walgreens, but he's had them for several years now.

DvcDoc
05-08-2012, 03:54 PM
I got mine at a specialty store that handles prosthetics and such. I did have to provide a prescription to get them.

HeatherMac603
05-09-2012, 10:07 PM
I am a lymphedema therapist, and recommend compression stockings to each of my patients. We typically recommend the brand Juzo or (less frequently) Jobst stockings. I would go with a compression level of at least 20-30 mmHg (also called Compression Class I), especially for flying. That's a good starting point for consistent swelling, but you can always increase the level of compression if needed- some people need 30-40 mmHg or higher. You should be fine with a knee-high stocking, and you can choose open or closed toe depending on your preference and which stocking you choose. A prescription will be needed if you want to submit it to insurance through a medical supply store. If you order online, or pay in full without insurance, a prescription is not needed. We usually refer people to an online company called lymphedema products, though there are many others. You can get stockings at Walmart, etc, but they are not manufactured the same way and are therefore cheaper (cheaper is not better in this case)! It's worth the investment to get a quality product that will last longer, work better, and be more comfortable. :) Good luck!

ETA: The company I mentioned above provides a sizing chart on their website; you will need to use a tape measure for several points on your leg. You can probably figure out the correct size on your own. Alternatively, you can get measured at a medical supply store.

Also, if you have chronic swelling that does not ever totally go away, you need to be referred to a Certified Lymphedema Therapist for therapy. Compression stockings alone do not reduce swelling, but instead prevent further swelling- if the correct amount of compression is applied and if they are worn appropriately.

watkinsme
05-10-2012, 09:37 AM
I am a lymphedema therapist, and recommend compression stockings to each of my patients. We typically recommend the brand Juzo or (less frequently) Jobst stockings. I would go with a compression level of at least 20-30 mmHg (also called Compression Class I), especially for flying. That's a good starting point for consistent swelling, but you can always increase the level of compression if needed- some people need 30-40 mmHg or higher. You should be fine with a knee-high stocking, and you can choose open or closed toe depending on your preference and which stocking you choose. A prescription will be needed if you want to submit it to insurance through a medical supply store. If you order online, or pay in full without insurance, a prescription is not needed. We usually refer people to an online company called lymphedema products, though there are many others. You can get stockings at Walmart, etc, but they are not manufactured the same way and are therefore cheaper (cheaper is not better in this case)! It's worth the investment to get a quality product that will last longer, work better, and be more comfortable. :) Good luck!

ETA: The company I mentioned above provides a sizing chart on their website; you will need to use a tape measure for several points on your leg. You can probably figure out the correct size on your own. Alternatively, you can get measured at a medical supply store.

Also, if you have chronic swelling that does not ever totally go away, you need to be referred to a Certified Lymphedema Therapist for therapy. Compression stockings alone do not reduce swelling, but instead prevent further swelling- if the correct amount of compression is applied and if they are worn appropriately.

Thanks for the info =) - We are tricare (DH is retired military and we are seen on base) so I have heard that they can order them and pay very little if any out of pocket.

AFA as swelling - it isn't chronic, even during my pregnancies I never had my feet swell (except during my trip to WDW at 20 weeks - but even then it went away once I got home) It just seems to occur if I spend more than 3-4 hours in a car or airplane. I've tried reducing my sodium and caffeine and increasing water but it doesn't seem to help. We are going to be flying from SC to Cali in the fall so I wanted to make sure I had something before then. :hyper:

tinka-belle
05-11-2012, 06:34 PM
I have tried Dr. Scholl's Traveler's Socks, knee highs that do a decent job. A step above what you'd feel with support hose, but not really the higher compression you would need with chronic swelling, so they may not be what you need. Have found the Dr. Scholl's at Walmart and other stores.

HeatherMac603
05-11-2012, 08:53 PM
I'm glad it's not a chronic problem. I think whatever you can get through Tricare will be fine for your plane trip! Have fun! :yay:

watkinsme
05-11-2012, 10:15 PM
I have tried Dr. Scholl's Traveler's Socks, knee highs that do a decent job. A step above what you'd feel with support hose, but not really the higher compression you would need with chronic swelling, so they may not be what you need. Have found the Dr. Scholl's at Walmart and other stores.

Yeah - I tried those and they really didn't help much unfortunately :(