How to Buy Compression Stockings. Compression stockings are often used to help increase blood circulation or reduce edema and swelling in the legs of people who have diabetes or other medical conditions. As with any healthcare supplies or equipment, it is important to find the right kind of compression hosiery to fit one's individual health needs.
Determine with your physician or healthcare provider what level of compression is right for you. Compression stockings come in low, moderate, high or extra high levels of compression, and it is important not to use a higher level of compression than necessary.
Compare selections at several different pharmacies and healthcare suppliers. This will help to acquaint you with the various brands and price ranges, as well as style, length and color options.
Match your shoe size to the necessary stocking size if your required level of compression is low. Most packaging for low-compression stockings will feature a shoe sizing chart that is easy to understand and use.
If you require a medium or high level of compression, your leg and foot will need to be measured in order to determine the size and style of stocking that will fit you. Consult a healthcare specialist trained in this field to be measured and fitted for the right size compression stocking.
Purchase more than one pair of compression stockings if this is within your budget so that one pair may be worn while the other pair is being washed.
Follow all instructions from your physician regarding how to wear your compression stockings.
Replace your compression stockings every four to six months for maximum benefit.