What To Know Before Buying Compression Stockings For Lymphedema

As a patient with lymphedema, regular orders for compression garments may be a part of your life, at least during the first part of your treatment. Once you have worked with your Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) to determine the right class of compression stockings for lymphedema, your next step will be to purchase your garments.

If you live in a larger city, you may find compression stockings for lymphedema at a local medical equipment and supply store. Often this is a limited selection and typically only one or perhaps two different brands in the most common sizes and compression classes.

You may also find the prices on compression stockings for lymphedema are more expensive through brick and mortar types of retailers, and buying online from a website offering lymphedema supplies is a more cost effective option. These online retailers, at least the top companies, will have an excellent selection of brands and styles, and they will be delivered right to your door.

Consider your Lifestyle

Both men and women should carefully consider their lifestyle when choosing the right style of compression stockings for lymphedema. Some compression socks are designed to wear in dress shoes while others are more designed as athletic socks.

There are also open toed and close-toed designs, and some compression stockings for lymphedema give you the option of choosing a toe preference.

Know your Measurements

Typically compression stockings for lymphedema are sold by size just like any other pair of socks. This can be in small to extra-large, or it can be by actual foot size. Foot size is often a range such as 7-9 or 9-11, which translates into the small to extra-large categories.

It is important when buying a new brand of compression stockings for lymphedema to take measurements and compare it with the manufacturer’s sizing chart. This chart and sizing information should be provided on the website.

It is recommended to take the measurements in the morning before any swelling occurs, and to measure the ankle and calf circumference. You should also sit with your legs at a 90-degree angle and measure the distance from the lower bend in your knee to the floor to obtain your calf length.

If you have any questions about the right size of compression stockings for lymphedema, talk to the online retailer or your CTL before making a purchase. Even if you are familiar with a brand, measuring before each purchase is important.