Wanda. . .I get bad swelling in my right leg secondary to phlebectomies that were done for varicose veins some years ago and complicated by diabetes.
If I don't keep the swelling under control and I get a small boo-boo (I have three cats with claws that like to sit in my lap, so scratches do happen) it can become a stasis ulcer. I used to wear Jobst stockings when I worked as a nurse. Those suckers kept the swelling down, I'll tell ya! Plus, they really do feel good on the legs. You don't want to keep them on forever though. 12-hour shifts with them on were a little hard on my skin and I would get terribly itchy. It wasn't an allergy, my skin just got itchy from the material pressing into my skin. I worked with the nurse who measured me for my many pairs of Jobst stockings and tried different features that Jobst can add to the stocking to make wear more comfortable including adding a silky type of fabric that they can place on the inside of the stocking to diminish that tendency for the netting to bunch up and dig into the skin at the bend of the ankle.
I plan my standing time these days. I spend a good deal of time sitting with my legs elevated or I just stay in bed. My vascular surgeon has shown me pictures of the mechanical external pumps that can be used at home in place of elastic stockings, but I'm not bad enough to need something like that at this point.
If you can get up, stand and walk for 8 to 12 hours, you can be a nurse. I swear, half the nurses I worked with were fighting some sort of physical problem. Wait, you'll see. Back aches, foot problems, swollen legs, palpitations. You can either throw your hands up in the air and say "I quit" and collect welfare which is nothing like the $$$ you can make if you just suck it up and go to work.
One bonus is that you'll usually run across patients that have worse problems than you. Then, you feel a little better. And when you run into a patient with peripheral vascular problems you WILL
be the unit expert on it.