Let's just say I'm not as young or lilthe as I once was; I'm getting sore, swollen ankles and lower legs at the end of each shift. I'm about 45# overweight, and I'm working on that with diet and exercise; but I think I still need to do something to prevent this discomfort.
An older fellow nurse suggested support hose. :imbar I feel I'm too young and hip for such things, and yet, I might not be as young and hip as I think.
So I'm looking for some recommendations and suggestions for support hose. Anyone here use them? Do you recommend certain brands? Knee highs or the full shebang?
I've tried several things.
SuppSocks: exactly what they sound like, support socks, about 8-15mm compression, they are pretty good and take about 6 months at least, to wear out.
Ted hose with holes: HOLY bejeesus who invented that. It's like a vice. And the lumpy crap under the ball of the foot or wherever the hole goes, is not nice. I have to put socks on over it and take 15 min. to get my shoes on so that the lumpy thing is doable. If you get teds, get 'em without the hole.
Cherokee rockers makes some support socks: They are nice! Got 'em at allheart's website. Now anybody who makes these thinks that gals all have long feet, I don't, so I have issues with the foot area's fit. The rest of the sock is pure heaven. I may buy more of these.
Nursemates thigh highs: no. Just no. You would get the same effect with tying a tourniquet under your knee and walking around. I went 1/2 shift with 'em, took 'em off and trashed them and went without socks the rest of the shift. The second pair I threw away when I got home.
Last edit by Indy on Jan 23, '09
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