Support Socks/Hose....

  1. Does anyone wear support socks/hose and what kind?

    I'm about to start clinical in 3 weeks and am wondering if it is a good idea to wear support socks/hose as I tend to have light ankle swelling after a long day on feet and my feet get tired and achy.

    If you do wear them, please post what kind and where to get them cheap!

    Thanks!!
    Last edit by CapeMaui on Feb 24, '04
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  2. 24 Comments

  3. by   CapeMaui
    *bump* .... =)
  4. by   suzy253
    I wear graduated compression socks during my clinicals and found that they have helped tremendously with any swelling and leg pain. Got them at Allheart.com
    here's the website if you're interested. In my opinion they really do work.

    http://allheart.com/compsocks.html
  5. by   louloubell1
    Quote from suzy253
    I wear graduated compression socks during my clinicals and found that they have helped tremendously with any swelling and leg pain. Got them at Allheart.com
    here's the website if you're interested. In my opinion they really do work.

    http://allheart.com/compsocks.html
    I just started wearing some recently at work, and they really make a world of difference. I really wasn't having swelling, but my calves just felt so achy after a 12 hour shift. I can't remember what kind they are in particular. They are slightly less compression than TED hose. I was going to buy some TEDs, but they're like $35 for a pair! I just couldn't bring myself to do it since I wasn't sure that they'd be all that much help, but now that I've tried some lesser quality ones and found that even they make a difference, I might spring for the TEDs next time.
  6. by   AmyB
    I've been wearing white (required color, and darn hard to find in the fall/winter) support hose every clinical day. No probs with edema or achiness of legs. As soon as I get home, I take them off, and can really feel a difference. Wouldn't want to do clinicals without them. Got mine at Sears (their brand, I think) for $5/pair. Not too bad. Good luck!
  7. by   plumrn
    I found some at Wal-mart that are actually pretty good. Can't remember the name, but they are usually hanging on a rack in or near the pharmacy dept. They are less than $20, and I can really tell the difference after those 12 hour shifts. My legs feel much less 'tired' when I wear them.
  8. by   Quailfeather
    JC Penney Total Support Pantyhose are very good. They cost about $9.00 a pair but they last forever.
  9. by   P_RN
    TEDs aren't as inexpensive as some of the other store brands of support hose but for about $16 you can get knee length TEDs that will last almost forever. I have some that are nearly 10 years old and fit just as well as when they were new.
  10. by   nurseygrrl
    My favorite support hose/stockings are Nursemates. They are very comfortable and extrememly durable. The price is good too at around nine dollars a pair.
  11. by   CapeMaui
    Thank you EVERYONE for all of your responses!! This really helps. I'm not sure if I should get socks/knee-hi hose or go for the full stocking at this point. I think I may just start with the socks or knee-his at this point to see if I can get use to them.

    Suzy253 which particular one do you wear from allhearts?

    For others that mentioned TED, where can I find them?

    thanks again everyone!!
  12. by   Stitchie
    I don't know if there's a retail store called Work N Gear near where you live, but I get their white support knee highs. There's 11mg compression and it makes a difference.

    There are about $6.00 a pair. They are moderate lasting, but are very comfortable. Those socks, along with Dansko shoes, means that I can actually walk out of work after an 8 hour ER shift.

    Work N Gear does have a website and maybe a catalog you could order from if you can't find a retail outlet. Good luck!
  13. by   CapeMaui
    Thanks so much Stitchie! There are a few Work N Gear within an hour drive from me, so I'll see if I can get out there to check them out.

    I have another quick question, since you were your knee hi's with your danskos, do you wear socks on top of your knee hi stockings? i find that when i wear stockings, the shoes become too loose on me.....

    thanks!
  14. by   suzy253
    I'm using the cherokee knee hi's 18-21 gradient
    http://allheart.com/ckmedisoc.html

    Really worth it--you'll notice the difference!

    Cheers

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