Everything about support stockings
Support stockings are worn by many people and for various complaints and reasons. For some people, wearing compression stockings may raise some questions. Here we address the most common questions and give you detailed answers! Please read on below:
How long do compression stockings last?
How long your support stockings last depends on the intensity of use. But on average, you should expect that your compression stockings last for about a year. When they are worn frequently, the pressure of the stockings decreases, and they start stretching. When this happens, they no longer provide the desired support, and it is time to replace them.
When should you not wear compression stockings?
There are a number of indications where wearing compression stockings is not recommended. These include just after pregnancy, just after thrombosis or just after surgery. Unless, of course, your specialist recommends wearing them. Wearing compression stockings at night is also strongly discouraged. This is because the pressure in the arteries is much lower than when you are standing or sitting. The compression stocking gives you an external pressure that is higher than the internal pressure in the arteries. This can impede the flow of blood. Our advice is to take off the compression stockings at night.
How long can you wear compression stockings per day?
It is advisable to wear the compression stockings throughout the day. As mentioned above, they should not be worn at night. Try to wear them for as long as possible, from the moment you get up to the moment you go to bed. Then the effect of the compression stockings will be optimal.
How do you put them on?
Putting on compression stockings is not difficult, but it does require some practice and skill. Here, we will explain it to you step by step. Make sure your leg is dry. Turn the stocking inside out up to the heel. Pull the opening of the stocking apart with both hands and pull the foot section over your own foot. Carefully slide the leg section up and spread the stocking evenly across your leg. It is important that there be no folds or wrinkles around your leg.
How often can they be washed?
People often wrongly think that compression stockings should not be washed. This is certainly not the case! It is recommended that you wash your compression stockings every other day. This will prevent them from getting dirty. However, it is important that you wash them in the correct way. This way they will last as long as possible.
Washing compression stockings manually
Do you want to wash your compression stockings manually? Do this with a liquid detergent. Make sure that you rinse the stockings thoroughly again! They can also be safely put in the washing machine. The stockings can be washed at 30 or 40 degrees. Do not use fabric softener! This will damage the fabric. Support stockings cannot be tumbled dried. They should also not be placed in direct sunlight or over a heater. The best way to dry support stockings is to wrap them in a towel and let them air dry.
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