How Long to Wear Compression Socks for Edema? – Answered!
If you have edema, you should get it treated fast. Compression socks can help, but only if you wear them correctly.
Let’s talk about what edema is, why compression socks work, and how long you should wear them for.
What is Edema?
Simply put, edema is another term for swelling, which occurs when excess fluid gets trapped in body tissues.
This fluid may be a result of injuries, such as when swelling caused by blunt force trauma, pregnancy, allergic reactions, lack of movement, or poor blood circulation. Less common causes of edema are severe illnesses, such as liver or kidney disease, restricted blood flow to the limbs, complications related to diabetes, varicose veins, deep vein blood clots, and hypoalbuminemia (albumin deficiency.)
How Compression Socks Treat Edema
Besides using prescription drugs to treat symptoms and underlying causes of edema, doctors may also recommend the use of compression socks.
Compression socks generate pressure to decrease fluid retention in the body, especially in legs and feet. Some come in graduated compression, which means they apply the greatest amount of pressure at the ankles and lesser pressure upwards.
How Long do I Have to Use Compression Socks?
Compression socks can be worn for a short period to treat edema, however, it is advisable to consult with a doctor on whether or not to wear compression socks, what type would be most beneficial, and how long they should be worn for.
Essentially, compression socks can be worn daily. It is best to take them off every night before bed as wearing them during sleep can restrict the blood circulation in the legs.
Some side effects may occur if a pair of compression socks that are too tight or too small are worn, as well as if they are worn for too long (i.e. all day, non-stop). Remove the socks immediately if any of the following occurs:
- Joint pain.
- Tingling feet.
- Allergic reactions or irritation (usually caused by the material).
How to Wear Compression Socks
- Sit in a straight-backed chair for support.
- Ensure your legs and feet are clean and dry. Dry skin allows the socks to pass smoothly over your legs.
- Roll up the stockings and gently place your toes in it. Continue to pull the sock on until it completely covers your foot and toes, but keep it rolled as much as possible.
- Carefully roll the sock back up, making sure you don’t pull too hard. Excessive tugging can cause the fabric to run or tear.
- Smooth out any wrinkles and bunches along the seam to ensure that the seam is straight.
- Repeat for the other leg.
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