? About T.E.D.S.

  1. I just started working again as a CNA and my legs have been killing me, I know it's not the shoes it's more a weak feeling in my legs. I've heard about T.E.D.S., that they help ease leg pain. They are VERY expensive, $26.00 a pair where I am, so my question is, are they worth it? I mean, for $26.00 a pair, I wanna be dancing after work LOL What are your thoughts?

    Also does the soreness in your feet and legs ever go away? I'm hoping I'm just out of shape, and that it won't always be like this.
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   Barbara Rose
    Sheryl,
    If you can't afford the actual TED hose, try the drug store, or wal-mart pharmacy for the support hose. These are thicker than regular support hose, you know "granny stockings" and they still work. I wear them all the time, they definitely make a difference and are worth the investment.
  4. by   duckie
    Several of the nurses I work with wear TED hose and swear by them. They are also effective in reducing swelling if you find you feet puffy at the end of the day. I'd purchase one pair and try them. Yes, they are expensive BUT aren't you worth it? If you are on your feet a lot they will help. Hand wash them every day and let them hang to dry and one pair will last you quite a long time if properly cared for.
  5. by   imaRN
    Sheryl,
    Try JCPenney Co. "Support Hose" they are very reasonable and have very good support. I wore them for years! You can afford to buy several pairs and not have to do laundry so often, I always washed them in the machine and line dried them. And no I don't work or own JCP.. Ha Ha .....but "bad veins" run in my family!!.....imaRN
  6. by   P_RN
    I had 3 pair of TED-knee high hose that I got when I had surgeries. I wore a pair everyday to work, 12 hour days, for over 10 years! They don't look pristine white anymore, but who cares. The package of TEDs has an insert that you can use to mail order them. I think the knee highs are about $12. But remember, they last FOREVER.
  7. by   CashewLPN
    well... they do work, but are pricy and HOT sometimes...
    BUT-- I've found that I dont like them too much,, but for the achy feet and legs--- GET A BETTER PAIR OF SHOES!!! Stand up STRAIGHT!!! (be proud.)

    oh... and keep moving... it helps with the backache.
    have fun
    --Barbara
  8. by   Agnus
    Shop carefully for shoes, be picky then buy at least 2 pair. Don't wear the same pair two days in a row. Your shoes will recover better (from the compression and moisture) and will last longer. wear a support stocking or sock. Now here is the part you won't like and will think me crazy. This works. I know you are on your feet all day and walking. However, it is not the exercise you think it is. Start taking daily walks.On diffrent types of terrain if possible. Don't stroll move at least at a rate of 3.5 mph. Start short distance then build up. be able to sustain 1 hour at 3.5 mph or better.
    I know you are exhausted. You work 12 hours. I was there myself but when I did this all my foot and leg problems cleared up. On days I worked I didn't always get to walk 1 hr. But I walked a half mile to may care and back. (when It was day light) AND I worked on the 5th floor I raced the elevator on foot. It sounds nuts but I could out last anyone I worked with. I didn't need any support hose after that. I am 50 yers old with flat feet and multiple foot injuries and it worked.
    Just start out a short distance be persistant.
    These walks strengthen the muscles and increase your encurance beyound what you do at work so that work is a peice of cake to your muscles. As a CNA you probably know it is the muscles that are responsible for venious return. (prior to doing this my legs swelled up like elephants. even with support hose.) Not now.
  9. by   Future LPN Sheryl
    Thanks all for the advice, except for the walking BLAH, Just kidding

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