Shopping for compression garments can be tricky. It’s important to find the right size, compression level and style to help manage your condition – whether it’s lymphedema, lipedema, venous insufficiency or other circulatory issues. That’s why Juzo developed best practice guidelines for purchasing compression stockings, socks and sleeves. Follow these steps to help ensure a great experience.
First, ask your medical provider how long and when you should be wearing compression garment. Make sure your doctor tells you the best garment option for you (knee-high, thigh-high or full stocking; or sleeves, make sure you know if you should also have a glove or gauntlet). They will also recommend a compression dosage:
- 15-20 mmHg is support compression
- 20-30 mmHg is mild compression
- 30-40 mmHg is moderate compression
- 40-50 mmHg is firm compression
Once you have your prescription for a compression stocking or sock, you’ll want to find and consult with a certified compression fitter. They will help you navigate finding the correct compression garment that best fits you. Certified fitters are available in several retail locations nationwide. Enter your zip code to find a certified compression specialist near you.
We suggest you make an appointment with the certified fitter to be measured in their store (many can also help virtually). As the fitter takes your measurements, discuss the following with them to help find the best options for you:
- Make sure your fitter knows the option and correct compression dosage your doctor recommended for you.
- The fitter should pick a compression garment that is comfortable, easy to put on and take off, durable and best fits your style (most come in a variety of colors and patterns).
- If you have difficulty putting on the garment or taking it off, ask the fitter about devices to help make it easier. Watch this video on YouTube for tips.
- Consider purchasing two or three compression stockings so that you can wear a garment when washing another.
- Over time, due to wear and stretch, garments lose the benefit of therapeutic compression. Make sure you replace your garment every six months. Schedule an appointment for your next visit before you leave.
If your body circumference changes, have your certified fitter (or lymphedema therapist) evaluate your measurements as soon as possible to determine if you need a new garment size.
Keep in mind that your medical issue requires the use a quality medical compression garment. All compression garments are not equal. Juzo medical compression garments are tested and adhere to the highest standards for therapeutic effectiveness.
Over-the-counter (OTC) or “consumer” compression sock and stockings are not the same as Juzo medical compression garments. Non-medical or athletic compression garments may help your legs temporarily feel better, but if you have a circulatory or lymphatic medical condition, they could be dangerous to wear them. Why? OTC or athletic compression products may not be the appropriate dosage, size, option or containment for your health condition. Do not use men or women compression stockings or socks sized only by shoe or limited sizing. Read more about why medical-grade compression matters.
Depending on the shape of your limb and severity of your condition, only a medical compression garment will provide the therapeutic benefit necessary to help manage your condition. A well-fitting, comfortable and effective garment will keep you moving and not inhibit your lifestyle. Still have questions? Contact us. We’re happy to help!
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