Fitting Questions

Fitting Questions
1. What do I do if my socks are pinching me? The most common places for stockings to pinch are at the ankle or behind the knee. These problems can most often be taken care of by simply readjusting the socks. The fabric of the socks should be smooth and evenly stretched. You do not want to over-stretch the bottom half of the socks and leave bulky, extra material at the top or vise-versa. Rubber gloves (either latex or rubber "kitchen type") can be used to help smooth the fabric into position. This will help alleviate pinching in areas due to material gathering. For pinching behind the knee, it is a good idea to smooth the extra material behind the knee downward instead of upward. This will prevent the material from sliding back down and pinching again in a few hours.

If you have done all of the above and are still having troubles, you will want to recheck your measurements to make sure you are in the correct size. You may also want to consider speaking to one of our certified fitters. They may be able to make more suggestions based on your specific problem.

2. How do I keep my socks from sliding down? Knee length and Pantyhose stockings should not slide or roll down and usually do not require anything additional to hold them up. Just as with pinching, the most common reason stockings slide is improper adjustment. You will be able to tell if the stocking is adjusted correctly by checking to make sure the color is even throughout the whole sock. If you have some areas that are darker than others, the sock is not evenly stretched. You can use rubber gloves to smooth and readjust the fabric until all areas appear the same shade. If you have done this and the sock is still sliding, you may want to recheck your measurements to make sure you are in the correct size. You can also speak to one of our certified fitters for additional help.

Thigh length stockings are not designed to stay up by themselves. They require the use of either a silicone band, a garter belt, or, for a few individuals, "It Stay's!"� body adhesive. The most popular and usually effective method is the silicone band. In order for the silicone band to work, the stockings must be kept clean. If the silicone is soiled, it will not be adhesive, which will cause the sock to roll down. If your socks are clean and are still sliding anyway, you can try using a garter belt. If this is unsuccessful, you may want to consider changing to pantyhose. For some body types, thigh length stockings are not a good option. You may find that you are more comfortable in pantyhose.

3. Will my socks cut off my circulation? No, correctly fitting socks will not. The socks are made with a gradient compression. This means that they are tightest at your ankle and slowly decrease in pressure toward the top of the sock. Because of this, the sock will not restrict your circulation.

4. How long will my socks last? Jobst� suggests replacing the socks every four to six months. After that, the elastic in the socks will start to deteriorate and will no longer give the correct compression. How long the sock lasts will also depend on how it is cared for.

5. How should I care for my socks? The socks should be washed every time they are worn. This will prevent your body oils from breaking down the elastic in the socks. It is best to hand wash the socks in a mild soap. Do not use harsh detergents or fabric softeners. Jobst makes a special soap called Jolastic� that will help to prolong the life of the sock. The sock should be "drip dried" because dryer heat will destroy the elastic in the socks.

6. When should I wear my socks and for how long? Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, the socks should be worn during all waking hours. They are usually put on before getting out of bed and taken off before going to bed at night. Jobst does not suggest wearing the socks longer than 16 hours per day.

7. How do I know if my socks fit? This is fairly easy to determine. A properly fitting sock should be tight and possibly difficult to get on but once it is on, it should feel comfortable. The socks are designed to work with your body to help your circulation. This should feel good. The sock should not pinch, bunch, pull back on your toes or cause pain. It is normal for the socks to feel a little strange or different to the first-time wearer, but they should never hurt. If you are experiencing pain, take the socks off immediately and check with your doctor or a certified fitter.

8. What is the difference between graduated support hose and TED hose? T.E.D. hose is a brand name of anti-embolism stockings. They are stockings designed to prevent embolisms (blood clots) in non-ambulatory (immobile) patients and are usually only necessary while the patients is in the hospital. Anti-embolism stockings are also not designed with fashion in mind. They are most often available only in white and have an opening on the underside of the toes which can be uncomfortable while walking.

Once a patient leaves the hospital and becomes ambulatory (mobile) again, graduated compression hose, such as Jobst�, are required to treat circulation and swelling problems. Jobst� hose are designed to help support vein walls while standing and are available in different levels of compression to meet individual needs. In addition, Jobst� hose come in a variety of colors and fabrics which makes them more fashionably appealing than T.E.D. Hose

Compression Selection Guide The compression, or tightness of Jobst support hose is measured in millimeters of mercury pressure or mmHg. The hose are divided into four levels of tightness:

Mild (8-15 mmHg) -- For men or women with tired achy legs and mild varicose veins. This is usually the first type of medical stocking new users will wear. This compression level is still more than twice the support of ordinary support stockings.

Moderate (15-20 mmHg) -- For all day wear when tired achy legs hold you back from your active life style. Good for minor ankle, leg and foot swelling and more severe varicose veins. This compression level is great for travel socks - for long flights or automobile drives

Firm (20-30 mmHg) -- Good for moderate to severe varicose veins (also known as varicosities), post surgical usage, moderate edema and foot or leg swelling.

Extra Firm (30-40 mmHg) -- For more severe cases of varicosities or swelling where lower compression support stockings do not provide the required relief.