MAKING THE MOST OF COMPRESSION STOCKINGS

Author: Anna D. Garrett, PharmD, BCPS, CPP

Graduated compression stockings have been shown to reduce the risk of developing post thrombotic syndrome after a deep venous thrombosis. The high degree of elasticity makes them difficult for some patients to put on, however, so proper fitting is required. These stockings are expensive and should be treated with care to extend their useful life, which is typically 3 to 6 months. Some insurance plans will cover a portion of the cost, so patients should be encouraged to check their health plan regarding reimbursement.

Here are some tips for patients to achieve the best results from these stockings:

Dr. Garrett is a clinical pharmacist practitioner at Cornerstone Health Care in High Point, NC.