What are gradient compression stockings?
Gradient compression means that the maximum amount of compression is exerted at the ankle, and weakens as it goes up the leg. This helps fight the effects of gravity by returning blood to the heart, and also helps reduce the possibility of circulation constriction.
Why should I wear compression stockings?
Everyone can benefit by wearing compression stockings, whether you have tired, aching legs, or more serious venous problems. It is important for those with swelling or edema to continually wear gradient compression stockings with doctor supervision.
Why are these stockings so difficult to put on?
Because these stockings are gradient compression, the largest part of your foot (the heel) has to fit through the smallest and tightest area of the stocking (the ankle). There are several donning aids available for those with limited mobility or diminished hand strength.
Will Jobst knee high stockings cut off my circulation?
Because Jobst stockings provide gradient compression, the greatest compression is exerted at the ankle and weakens as it moves up the leg. Due to this design, Jobst stockings are intended to aid in circulation, not hinder it. Jobst manufactures the knee high stockings with an extra wide band around the top to prevent constriction, and to keep the stockings in place.
Do Jobst stockings contain latex rubber?
Most of Jobst compression garments are latex-free. They use synthetic spandex instead of latex rubber for elasticity. Garments containing latex are:
• Women's Casual 8-15 mmHg
• Athletic 8-15 mmHg
• Jobst for Men 8-15 mmHg
How do I measure for compression stockings and what time of day is best to measure?
You should take these measurements as early in the morning as possible, before your legs start to swell. You will need 2-4 circumference measurements, depending on the length of garment you need. The measurements should be taken directly above the ankle bone and around the largest part of the calf. If you need a garment higher than a knee high, also take a measurement around the largest part of the thigh and around the hips.
How do I care for my compression stockings?
For best results, Jobst compression garments should be hand washed in warm water with specially formulated Jolastic Washing Solution or a mild dishwashing soap. You can also machine wash your stockings in warm water with a mild, phosphate-free detergent. Putting them into a mesh laundry bag during the wash cycle will also help prolong the life of your stockings. Whether you wash them by hand or by machine, always hang or lay flat to dry. Jobst compression garments should be washed in between each wearing to remove body soil and maintain compression. Thigh High stockings may also require additional care to ensure that the silicone band stays in place. Approximately once a week, you should clean the band using a cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol. Do not use chlorine bleach, fabric softener, or cold water wash on any compression garment, as it will break down the fibers.
How long do these compression stockings generally last?
Your Jobst compression garment should be replaced every 3-6 months. As a general rule, if your garment becomes easy to put on, it probably needs to be replaced.
Do I need a doctor's prescription for compression stockings?
Jobst compression stockings are considered an over-the-counter item; therefore, we do not require a doctor's prescription to order.
Should I sleep in my stockings?
We recommend only wearing your compression stockings during the day, unless otherwise directed by your physician.
What is the difference between Jobst gradient compression stockings and anti-embolism stockings (T.E.D.)?
Anti-Embolism stockings are designed specifically for non-ambulatory (bed bound) patients. These are intended for short term wear during hospitalization to help prevent blood from pooling in the legs, which can lead to blood clots. Jobst gradient compression stockings are designed for ambulatory patients, and are intended for longer duration wear.
Are there reasons I should not wear compression hose?
You should not wear Jobst gradient compression stockings if you have any form of arterial disease or insufficiency. You should consult your physician if you are confined to bed, have congestive heart failure, are diabetic, have allergies to certain fabrics, or have skin infections or open wounds.
What other ways can I take care of my legs besides using compression stockings?
Exercise is one of the best ways to improve leg health. This helps to keep excess weight off and keep blood pumping back up toward your heart. If you sit or stand for prolonged periods of time, you should practice feet and ankle exercises, such as flexing and pointing your toes, or drawing the alphabet with your toes several times a day. It also helps to elevate legs above your heart as often as possible.
Does Medicare cover compression hose?
Unfortunately, Medicare does not pay for compression stockings unless it is used to treat active venous ulcers in conjunction with debridement performed by your physician. Medicare views compression stockings as a preventive measure, instead of a treatment option.
Are Jobst compression pantyhose control-top?
Jobst stockings are gradient compression, meaning the greatest compression is exerted at the ankle and weakens as it moves up the leg. Due to this design, there is very little compression at the waist, and will not cut off circulation. The Jobst pantyhose also have a wide comfort band that stays in place all day long.
Adjusting to Your New Compression Stockings
The first time you wear your compression garments, you may feel like they are too tight. It may take a few days to become accustomed to the pressure applied to your legs by the garment. To ease into the adjustment, you might consider a gradual transition. Start out by wearing the hose a few hours the first day, increasing by a few hours a day until you can comfortably wear the garment all day long. If you find the compression garment too difficult to put on, please see our Donning Suggestions.
Always put your stockings on as early in the morning as possible to prevent swelling, and allow for easier donning. Apply lotions or ointments to your legs in the evening rather than the morning. Doing so in the morning will make your compression stockings much more difficult to don. Your compression garment should be replaced within 3-6 months. As a general rule, if your garment becomes easy to put on, it probably needs to be replaced.
Compliance is Key
In order to reap the benefits of your compression stockings, it is important to wear them everyday. Unfortunately, most conditions treated by compression therapy are on-going, and can become more severe without daily wear of your compression stockings.
Remember, wearing compression stockings is only one step in improving leg health. If you must sit or stand for prolonged periods of time, take the time to get up and walk around, stretching your calf muscles. Feet exercises are also beneficial, pointing and flexing your toes about once every hour. Elevate your feet above your heart as often as possible to help blood fight the effects of gravity. To really optimize leg health, keep excess weight off and wear your compression garment everyday.
Every hour elevate your feet above your heart as often as possible to help blood fight the effects of gravity. To really optimize leg health, keep excess weight off and wear your compression garment everyday.