Burn and Wound Clinic
Compression stockings help your veins work by
putting mild pressure on your legs. This helps
control the swelling in your legs. The special
knit of a compression stocking has a
“massaging” effect that helps your vein valves
work to improve the return of blood to your
heart. Controlling the swelling in your legs will
be crucial to the complete healing of your
wounds and preventing future wounds.
Measuring and Fitting
Compression stockings are measured to give you
a proper fit and provide the correct amount of
compression. If you have had a weight loss or
gain, you may need to be measured again.
Please notify the fitter if this is the case. A
stocking that fits too tightly will cause
numbness, tingling, and sometimes pain. If any
of these symptoms occur, remove the garment
and call your fitter or the clinic. A stocking that
is too loose will have wrinkles and will be of
little benefit to you. Inform the fitter at once if
you think your stockings do not fit.
Wear and Care
Your stockings should be worn at all times
(unless you have been told something else by
your provider). They should be taken off each
day for bathing. Put on a clean pair. If your
stockings are off for any period of time, you
must be in bed with your feet raised to prevent
swelling. Stockings must be washed daily in
warm water with mild soap. Do not use bleach,
fabric softeners, or delicate washing products
such as Woolite®. Rinse well with warm water.
Using warmer water helps create better fabric
“memory” so your stockings retain their shape
and support. Squeeze to remove excess water.
Do not twist or wring. Lay flat or hang to dry.
Do not machine dry unless it’s on “Air Dry”
cycle. It is a good idea to have two sets of
stockings so that a clean set is always ready to
Stockings that have holes or tears or are
stretched out should be replaced. They will not
provide enough compression. This can result in
increased swelling and new wound formation.
The lifespan of your compression stockings
(when changing between 2 pairs) is about 6
months when worn daily. You will need to keep
track of the age of your stockings. This may be
done by writing the date you begin using them
on the tag of the stocking with permanent marker
or by writing in your calendar when you need to
re-order (every 6 months unless you are told
otherwise). It is your responsibility to re-order
correctly. If you wait until your swelling
increases, it is too late and your new stockings
will not fit properly. Call the manufacturer
(BioConcepts) directly at (800) 421-5647 to re-
order. You will need to provide payment at the
time of ordering. You may then submit your bill
to your insurance company for reimbursement as
appropriate. If you receive stockings in the mail
that do not fit or are defective, they can be
returned and replaced. Most companies do this
free of charge if told of the problem within 7-10
It Is Up to You!
If you wear the stockings as prescribed, your
swelling should be controlled. This will
continue the progress of your wound healing and
prevent future wounds. Ordering new garments
as prescribed will promote continued success.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you have any
questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This is not medical advice.
This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each person’s health needs are different,
you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using this information. If you have an emergency,
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