Support Hose?

  1. Just a random question: do you use support hose? I'm about to graduate from nursing school and one of the nurse preceptors on my unit was raving about them yesterday.
  2. Visit Brandieelynne profile page

    About Brandieelynne

    Joined: Mar '09; Posts: 14; Likes: 3
    Specialty: Clinical Nurse Leader


  3. by   KalipsoRed
    I didn't use them for the first 2 years I was a nurse and I've already started to get spider veins! USE THEM! I also felt my legs were a lot less 'heavy' after work than when I didn't use them. I don't particularly like hose, I like compression knee-high socks. My favorites are from the cushion travel socks that are about $30 a pair. Most excellet!
  4. by   loriangel14
    Several of the nurses I work with are wearing them now and swear by them. Some wear full length and some just wear the knee highs.I am getting a pair next pay day.
  5. by   elkpark
    When I've worked med-surg, and been on my feet alot at work, I've always worn "full support" pantyhose (under my uniform pants), and it makes a big difference by the end of the day. I started that in nursing school many years ago, and liked the results so much that, since then, I've worn only support hose even for everyday use outside of work (when I wear pantyhose or knee highs). I only buy support hose -- not only are they comfortable, but they're sturdier and harder to run than regular hose, so they last longer (which, to me, makes up for them being a little more expensive).

    Hanes makes "active support" panty hose that you can buy in bulk through their outlets at a good price, and that's what I've always used -- they come in white and some regular colors. For everyday use, I like their "sheer energy" hose (also available in bulk through the outlets) -- not quite as much support, but sheerer and better looking for regular wear and they come in a wider range of colors.
  6. by   gayle_the_RN
    The guys on my medsurg unit use TED hose, full length, although they don't stay up and fall to the knees. Yes we talk about this. I also use hose. When I didn't, my legs were heavy and then started to hurt at night, and my feet, forget it, they were painful. After hose and Crocs, I can walk again.
  7. by   RNfaster
    I like Allegro 20-30 mm Hg surgical weight thigh highs. They are sold by and are their house brandv They markedly reduce leg fatigue. They also stay up and last well.
  8. by   Moogie
    I wore full support pantyhose when I was in my twenties working the floors. That was back in the olden days when nurses wore white and I usually wore white uniform dresses to work.

    When I've been on the floor but wearing scrubs, I wore 18 mm Hg knee-high compression socks that I got from a uniform shop.

    But now that I am doing online classes and sitting at my computer most of the day, I wear knee-high TEDS leftover from my last surgery. I'm definitely worried about a DVT. If I ever take another online course, I will probably upgrade to even better surgical support.
  9. by   MissBrahmsRN
    i have worn Juzo knee high medium compression since day one of nursing. they are like 72% cotton so super breathable & comfy, between my support hose & my birks my feet never hurt. i have 3 pairs that i rotate thru, a pair seems to last me nearly a year before i need to replace, they are about 27 a pair but soooo worth it!!

    i strongly recommend them!!
  10. by   Otessa
    Quote from Brandieelynne
    Just a random question: do you use support hose? I'm about to graduate from nursing school and one of the nurse preceptors on my unit was raving about them yesterday.
    Yes-not knee highs-full blown foot to waist support hose. Less leg fatigue after a 12-16 hour day and less swelling in the ankles after being on your feet all day.
  11. by   missladyrn
    I wear them! Jobst, bought on Amazon. When I do not wear them, I feel the difference. Try em!!
  12. by   Brandieelynne
    Thanks so much everybody for your input! I've had spider veins in my R leg since I was a girl and am very concerned about DVT's. Based on your recommendations I'm going to look into the full length support hose. Thanks again!