FIRST TIME BUYERS GUIDE
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Should I buy ankle high, knee high or thigh high?
For compression stockings to be effective you need them to cover tightly the area of your leg that is in pain or swelled. If you have aching feet or swelling in the lower legs or ankles below the knee, knee-high stockings will typically provide all the compression you need. If you need compressive support throughout the entire length of the leg, thigh-high stocking are recommended. Finally, ankle high compression stockings are meant to help with plantar fasciitis, one of the most common causes of heel pain.
How do I find the right compression stockings size?
To find the right compression stockings size you can visit our Size Finder page and take our quiz, or follow the measuring instructions. We recommend you measure first thing in the morning before any swelling occurs. Keep in mind compression stockings are meant to feel tight for them to work their magic!
Can I wear compression stockings to travel?
Can I wear compression stockings to bed?
Can I wear compression stockings all day?
Can I wear compression stockings while working out?
Yes, you can wear compression stockings while working out. Go ahead and kick some butt!
Does insurance cover compression stockings?
Are compression stockings covered by Medicare?
No. In most cases Medicare does not cover compression stockings. If compression stockings are prescribed by your vein doctor they might. We recommend you call Medicare and inquire about your specific medical plan and coverage.
How do I put on my compression stockings?
See below our video which demonstrates how to put on compression stockings with ease.
Is there anything to help me put my compression stockings on?
Absolutely! We are proud to share with you so so, a fantastic leg lotion meant to help you slide your compression stockings on more easily. Our silicon lotion will temporarily have your legs feeling soft and silky for the compression socks to slide right in. This is particularly helpful if you suffer from constant leg swelling that doesn’t stop even while you sleep.
How often should I wash my compression stockings?
As with any item made of fabric, it will last longer if it’s hand washed and air dried, however, at CSW we understand this can be rather difficult and time consuming. If you machine wash your stockings DO NOT use hot water. Instead, use a mild detergent and warm or cold water. If you machine dry, use a low heat setting. Silicone top-bands will loose their softness more quickly if machine dried. Finally, make sure you wash them daily. Washing your compression stockings on a daily basis will remove dirt and oils that come from your skin and can debilitate the spandex.
How do I care for my compression stockings?
Aside from making sure your stockings are washed after every use, we recommend you keep them in our silky compression stockings pouch. This will help extend the lifespan of your stockings by maintaining the quality of the elastic fibers and the silicon band.
How long do compression stockings last?
Proper care will increase the lifespan of your compression socks, but elastic fibers will inevitably break down with wear over time. Depending on your frequency of use, you will need to replace your compression socks every 3-6 months to ensure the right level of compression is still active. Here’s the top signs to watch out for that indicate you need to replace your compression stockings for new ones:
• If putting your socks is easier than usual, this means some stretching has occurred and you are no longer getting adequate pressure.
• If there are areas of the sock that are thinner, worn out or sagging.
• If you have lost or gained weight – which means that the circumference of your leg has changed and you might need to change sizes for optimal compression level!
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