Jobst stockings are worn by people with tired, achy legs, as well as those with swelling, varicose veins, venous insufficiency, venous ulcers, lymphedema and deep vein thrombosis. They apply gradient compression to your legs to enhance circulation. These stockings are available as trouser socks and in knee-high, thigh-high and pantyhose lengths. You can order Jobst stockings in different sheer or opaque colours. Before ordering Jobst stockings, obtain correct measurements of certain body parts and determine your compression needs.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Tape measure
Measure around your ankle just above the ankle bone, and record this measurement in inches.
Measure around the largest part of your calf. Skip to step five if you plan to order knee-high stockings. Continue to step three if you plan to order thigh-high stockings.
Measure around the largest part of your thigh. Skip to step five if you plan to order thigh-high stockings. Continue to step four if you plan to order pantyhose-style Jobst stockings.
Measure around the fullest part of your hips.
Determine the amount of compression needed for your condition, which ranges from mild to extra firm. Consult a physician to ensure you choose the right level of compression.
Contact a company that sells Jobst stockings with your measurements and the amount of compression needed. The company you choose can help you complete your online or telephone order. According to the Jobst website, companies that sell these stockings include the Support Hose Store (phone number: 1-800-515-4271), For Your Legs (phone number: 1-877-846-4600) and Discount Surgical Stockings (phone number: 1-800-982-0939).
Tips and warnings
- Measure your legs early in the morning before they have a chance to swell.
- Mild compression stockings generally have 8 to 15 mmHg of compression, moderate compression is 15 to 20 mmHg, firm compression is 20 to 30 mmHg and extra-firm compression is 30 to 40 mmHg.
- According to the Jobst website, tired and achy legs are often relieved with the 8 to 15 mmHg compression, mild swelling is managed with 15 to 20 mmHg compression and 20 to 30 mmHg compression is often used for varicose veins. The 30 to 40 mmHg compression is often prescribed for venous insufficiency or deep vein thrombosis management.
- Replace Jobst stocking every three to six months or when they feel looser than normal.
- Stockings with a mild compression generally don't require leg measurements. Knee-high sizes use your shoe size to determine stocking size, while thigh-high and pantyhose length sizes are based on a height and weight table.
- Speak to your physician before wearing Jobst stockings with a compression of 20 mmHg or greater to make sure the compression is appropriate for your situation.
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