Support socks bother anyone else?

  1. I had my CNA clinicals in August, and I wore Specialist Crocs all of the 3 days. The first day I wore regular Hanes athletic socks and had no problems. My feet didn't hurt and my legs didn't swell up.

    The second day I tired wearing support socks, knee highs. I only worked from 9:30 until about 3:15, and about half way through the day my feet were killing me, and when I got home my legs had pitting edema in them (I have gotten that in the past a couple of times, so I wasn't shocked, but surprised).

    On the 3rd day I wore Hanes socks again, and I only had minimal foot pain, and no swelling at all.

    I start my first job on Monday, and I was wondering which socks to wear. Do you think that the support socks were what caused the swelling, or was it just a fluke? I still have them and all, but now I'm afraid to wear them. The dress code says I can only wear athletic socks with athletic type shoes, otherwise I have to wear dress socks. Do Crocks constitute as athletic shoes, IYO??
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  3. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Maybe the support socks were too tight at the top?

    It also helps if you put your support socks on first thing before getting out of bed. On work days, I put them on as soon as I wake up- while still horizontal in bed. This makes a BIG difference.

    Also, in a lot of places, the dress code is not followed that closely. Look and see what your co-workers are wearing. If they are not following the dress code to the letter, you probably don't have to, either.
  4. by   suzy253
    I tried them once or twice and found them overwhelmingly hot!
  5. by   Tysmommy
    You should try some medical gradient compression stockings. I actually work for a Lymphedema treatment facility... You can try looking up a few brands... Jobst, Medi, Juzo to name a few. They work really well (and some insurances will pay for them)
  6. by   ShyGecko
    Quote from Hellllllo Nurse
    It also helps if you put your support socks on first thing before getting out of bed. On work days, I put them on as soon as I wake up- while still horizontal in bed. This makes a BIG difference.
    LOL They would get a bit soggy in the shower. j/k I understand what you are getting at, since we are supposed to put compression stockings on pts before they get out of bed in the morning, otherwise the fluid gets trapped IN the leg rather than out of it. I just take a shower when I wake up before I go to work, so I don't think that would work. Thank you though!!
  7. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from ShyGecko
    LOL They would get a bit soggy in the shower. j/k I understand what you are getting at, since we are supposed to put compression stockings on pts before they get out of bed in the morning, otherwise the fluid gets trapped IN the leg rather than out of it. I just take a shower when I wake up before I go to work, so I don't think that would work. Thank you though!!
    I usually take a shower the night before work, but if I take one in the am, here's a trick that helps.
    After my shower, I lay on my back on the bed, and lift my legs up so that the soles of my feet face the ceiling. I stay this way for a couple of minutes to "drain my veins" them apply my support socks.

    Support socks made with "Coolmax" really help prevent hot, sweaty feet.
  8. by   Adenium
    Aha. Good point about putting them on early, I hadn't thought of that.

    I just got a pair of the NurseMates Suppsocks the other day and tried them on shortly after leaving the store. Two hours later, I had nice deep ridges etched into the whole length of my lower legs - they didn't stay up too well either, slipped to about 6" below my knee. And I'm only 5'7"!

    Do all of you use the hose, so there's a smooth surface against your leg? I thought the socks seemed a little suspicious, but the hose looked useless in terms of compression ability - like normal pantyhose.
  9. by   NursingAgainstdaOdds
    I've got a pair that I wear rarely. I'm a freak for knitting wool socks, so I usually have a pair of those on. They are GREAT for being on your feet all day, as they are naturally anti-bacterial, and my hand-knit version is knit just for my feet. Wish I could figure some way to combine the two ...
  10. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from shygecko
    i had my cna clinicals in august, and i wore specialist crocs all of the 3 days. the first day i wore regular hanes athletic socks and had no problems. my feet didn't hurt and my legs didn't swell up.

    the second day i tired wearing support socks, knee highs. i only worked from 9:30 until about 3:15, and about half way through the day my feet were killing me, and when i got home my legs had pitting edema in them (i have gotten that in the past a couple of times, so i wasn't shocked, but surprised).

    on the 3rd day i wore hanes socks again, and i only had minimal foot pain, and no swelling at all.

    i start my first job on monday, and i was wondering which socks to wear. do you think that the support socks were what caused the swelling, or was it just a fluke? i still have them and all, but now i'm afraid to wear them. the dress code says i can only wear athletic socks with athletic type shoes, otherwise i have to wear dress socks. do crocks constitute as athletic shoes, iyo??
    i can't wear support hose -- they make my legs hurt like crazy!
  11. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    I've been waering these for years. They are really comfy and last a long time.

    http://www.allheart.com/ckmedisoc.html

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