Anyone wearing support hose?

  1. After the twelve-hour shifts my legs are hurting. I want to purchase some good support hose. Any suggestions? Anyone else feel the need to wear them?

    Thanks in advance!
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  2. 25 Comments

  3. by   MedSurgeMess
    Nurse Mates blue or green pack-worth every cent. I will tell you that this is a smart idea, will save your legs. On days I forget to put them on, I can tell a big difference!
  4. by   RNAnna
    Gradiated compression knee hi's. I broke my ankle in three places in November and I have to wear them to keep the ankle stable and to keep the swelling under control. I've tried lot's of brands. In fact, I was wearing Nursemates when I broke the ankle. I didn't like the Nursemates because I found them tight across the calf. They cut off my circulation.

    I now buy Jobst opaque knee hi's. They aren't like the Jobst that we use in the hospital and they certainly are not TEDs. They are like regular hose only stronger, better, and more expensive. I was able to have my doctor prescribe them so that they are covered under my insurance. Jobst also makes trouser socks and sports socks that are gradiated compression socks. They are all wonderful and I wouldn't go a day at work without them.

    Anna
  5. by   jenrninmi
    Quote from strong_willed
    Nurse Mates blue or green pack-worth every cent. I will tell you that this is a smart idea, will save your legs. On days I forget to put them on, I can tell a big difference!
    Thanks so much for the suggestion, I'll give them a try!
  6. by   jenrninmi
    Quote from RNAnna
    Gradiated compression knee hi's. I broke my ankle in three places in November and I have to wear them to keep the ankle stable and to keep the swelling under control. I've tried lot's of brands. In fact, I was wearing Nursemates when I broke the ankle. I didn't like the Nursemates because I found them tight across the calf. They cut off my circulation.

    I now buy Jobst opaque knee hi's. They aren't like the Jobst that we use in the hospital and they certainly are not TEDs. They are like regular hose only stronger, better, and more expensive. I was able to have my doctor prescribe them so that they are covered under my insurance. Jobst also makes trouser socks and sports socks that are gradiated compression socks. They are all wonderful and I wouldn't go a day at work without them.

    Anna
    Thank you!
  7. by   Jessy_RN
    At my young age, I suffer from terrible varicose vein pain. When I used to work 12 hr shifts as a pharmacy tech, I wore them all the time. I usually wore the support hose from leggs
  8. by   elkpark
    I've always worn support hose when I've worked shifts on floors -- I like the L'eggs "Active Support" pantyhose -- they are heavier weight and more support than the "Sheer Energy," and are designed for working people on their feet all day. Also, because they are heavier weight, they are harder to run, so they last longer! You can get them at the Hanes/L'eggs outlets -- more expensive than regular pantyhose, but a bargain for what they do for your legs.
  9. by   Jessy_RN
    Quote from elkpark
    I've always worn support hose when I've worked shifts on floors -- I like the L'eggs "Active Support" pantyhose -- they are heavier weight and more support than the "Sheer Energy," and are designed for working people on their feet all day. Also, because they are heavier weight, they are harder to run, so they last longer! You can get them at the Hanes/L'eggs outlets -- more expensive than regular pantyhose, but a bargain for what they do for your legs.

    I agree with you.
  10. by   suzanne4
    Depending on where you are working, you may be able to buy them at cost thru your facility. When I worked OR, we could buy them at cost from Jobst or something similar from the rep that supplied them to the hospital for all of our OR cases.
  11. by   hollyster
    Cherokee makes a gradient pressure knee high with a padded cotton foot. The extra cushioning is great. They are about $20.00 a pair but the last for 6-8 months, longer if you are not a bleach freak like me.
  12. by   suzanne4
    If you are doing Neuro/Trauma, chances are you are in the DMC. Just check with the OR as to when they are expecting the rep in for the support hose. They usually know in advance and you will get the best rate. Most of the OR nurses wear them.
  13. by   leisa22
    I ended up with a DVT at a very young age and had to wear 30-40 compression hose for a long time. During that time I came to love JObst hose. I now wear them EVERY time I work and I have no leg pain or new spider or varicrose veins. I wear the 30-40 compression in Jobst and it doesnt feel like too much. Anything lower in compression doesnt feel like enough. These hose feel nice on and dont look too bad, however I do have problems with static cling from time to time.
  14. by   cursenurse
    i agree with wearing the nurse mates. i wear support hose every time i work. i work with alot of people who do not wear any, but i think that everyone should.

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