Support Hose vs. Socks vs. None

  1. I have done a search on Support Hose and did find a few useful things. I have a few more questions.

    Do you wear support hose, socks, or none?

    If you wear hose, do you wear knee-high, thigh-high, or full hose?

    Do you wear socks over them?

    Do you wear 8-15, 15-20, 20-30, 30-40, Diabetic, medical, or Anti-Embolism?

    Did you get your legs professionally measured by your pcp?

    What condition are your legs in? For example: I have nothing wrong with my legs (ie. no spider veins no previous medical conditions) but I want to get some as a preventive measure and my legs do hurt when I stand for long periods. What kind would be best for me?

    What brand do you swear by?

    Thanks in advance.:Snow:
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  3. by   Imafloat
    I have a humongous varicose vein in my left thigh. It is a remnant of pregnancy. It hasn't bothered me yet. I don't wear anything special besides my Quarks shoes. My legs have yet to hurt me, which shocks me. I am almost 40 and a new grad. I am not used to working 12 hours. I have decided that when and if it starts to hurt I will deal with it then.
  4. by   CHATSDALE
    i think some knee highs might prevent some problems if you have a family hx of problems esp if you are overweight
    some people never wear them and some swear by them...take care of your self from head to toe you are the only you you have
  5. by   TazziRN
    Full length support hose. I've worn them since I graduated nursing school, after a classmate with LVN experience told me about wearing them to prevent varicose veins. Must work, 'cause nary a vein has dared to varicose in my legs! I wear ankle socks over them for cushioning.
  6. by   cardiac.cure03
    I tried wearing them, but they fall down to my ankles and I'm always having to pull em back up! Both the knee high and the thigh high.

    Maybe it's the brand? I dunno... But I'd like to hear of some responses on what brand they use etc
  7. by   RN BSN 2009
    should try them!
  8. by   Indy
    Positive family history here, the women in my family grow big, spiderveined legs and of course, we have hx of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. I'm 38 with none of those things, just picky feet that hurt if I don't treat them like princesses (I try to!) and some faint spider veins on my legs. I wear support socks, knee high, 8mm compression. They're comfortable and keep the legs from hurting, no matter what my feet feel like. Brand name is "suppsocks."

    I tried nursemates knee high support hose once. It felt like I tied a tourniquet around each knee. One pair I cut the bands on during my shift, then eventually threw them in the trash. The other pair went in the trash when I got home.
  9. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    Socks and shoes with spongey soles. My chiropractor gave me an insert for one shoe because my legs aren't the same length (most people's aren't), and that relieved my back pain considerably. I don't even have to wear it all the time.

    Been a while since I did a 12 hour shift though so I don't know if my contribution will be helpful.

    I did find that moving around, doing a few squats and bending over and stretching from time to time helped stretch out muscles.
  10. by   HalleyFarm
    I wear Sigvaris Cushioned Comfort in the unit for 10-12 hour shifts. They are padded, feel great and don't fall down.

  11. by   Ophelia78
    I wear Nursemates knee-high support hose. I should probably be wearing something longer and stronger. My mother and 4 aunts are all old nurses- and have pretty sad-looking legs, lots of spider veins and varicosities. I started getting spider veins in 5th grade (don't ask me how- all I did was read all day!). I have spider veins on my outer thighs, varicose veins starting on the back of my knees, and my calves cramp and ache by the end of a 12 hour shift.
  12. by   justme1972
    Members of my family that work in the hospitals...they all swear that you need to keep TWO pairs of shoes and wear them on alternating shifts.

    The reason is that the sole of the shoe, the inside, has a chance to spring back after many hours of compression as well as to completely dry out. This also extends the life of your shoes.
  13. by   jjjoy
    Great idea! It's also nice to bring extra socks and change into a fresh pair in the middle of a shift. Cool, dry feet... ah!
  14. by   TheCommuter
    If I'm only working an 8 hour shift, I'll just wear a pair of regular socks.

    If I'm working a longer shift (12 or 16 hours), I definitely wear a pair of support hose. To be more precise, I wear TED hose under my uniform during the longer shifts. The practice of wearing TED hose keeps my feet and legs from swelling, and I have not had any major issues or health problems with my lower extremities so far.