If your doctor has ordered you to wear compression socks, you must understand how to care for them and how to wear them correctly. Here is a handy list of what you need and cannot do for compression stockings to keep them in great shape:
Dos for compression stockings
Wear them immediately after waking up. In the morning, your legs and feet are generally less swollen, so it’s easier to wear compression clothes at this time. Also, doctors usually prescribe wearing compression socks all day so that you can get the maximum medical benefit.
Replace them regularly. Compression in compression socks is provided by elastic fibers, which naturally break down over time.
Wash them every day. Regular washing extends the life of your compression garment. Washing helps return them to their original form, which makes them last longer.
Follow the care instructions — clean compression clothing in cold water with a mild soap. For more information, check here at bustle.com
Measure your legs before buying. Supporting Medi compression stockings, like all brands, are available in various sizes.
Use worn gloves. A ragged nail can tear your compression stockings. Putting on gloves protects your socks while providing traction to help them last more easily.
Don’ts for Compression Stockings
Do not wear lotions or oils under compression clothing. Oils and lotions can weaken elastic fibers.
Do not wear them at night. Never wear compression socks while you sleep, unless your doctor has prescribed it specifically.
Do not clean with bleach. Hard chemicals such as chlorine bleach can damage compression socks.
Do not roll them up. The circulation may be interrupted if you roll up the compression stockings by putting them on or off.
Do not cut them at your feet. Cutting off the foot of your compression stockings will only make donning more difficult since the foot acts as an anchor. Also, cutting your legs may cause your compression socks to curl up and become uncomfortable to wear. If your stockings fit too tightly around your leg, consider wearing Medi open-toed compression stockings.
Do not wring them to dry. Twisting or cleaning may damage the compression socks. Make them longer by treating them carefully.Follow the tips above to extend the life of your compression stockings and maximize their medical benefits.