Alternatives to Wearing Compression Socks and Stockings
If you have sensitive skin, limited hand strength, or severe swelling, wearing traditional compression stockings can be a struggle. Luckily, there is a great alternative to compression hosiery - compression wraps! Compression wraps get wrapped around the leg and secured with Velcro straps, whereas conventional compression socks need to be pulled on and up. Wraps can be easily adjusted and are also great for those who need 24-hour compression.
Compression wraps provide you with dynamic compression, which means they only apply compression when your muscles push against them. Dynamic compression is more comfortable to wear while resting, which is why it’s the better alternative if you need to wear compression for longer time periods.
If traditional compression stockings are hard for you to get on, or they just aren’t comfortable for you to wear, look into wearing compression wraps! Talk to your doctor or therapist first to ensure that they’re right for you, and if they are, keep reading to learn more about our recommendations.
This best-selling compression wrap covers the lower half of the leg, and their patented Juxta-Lock Band System allows for easy application and adjustment. They are made with a lighter and thinner material and are ideal for managing mild to moderate edema. It provides 20-30, 30-40, and 40-50mmHg compression.
This compression wrap is the easiest to put on- only four Velcro straps! It is also designed to prevent gaps from forming between each strap, making it more effective and comfortable.
This Sigvaris calf wrap is intended to treat mild to moderate lymphedema and venous insufficiencies. It is made with soft but durable fabric, and it can also be adjusted to give you between 20 and 50mmHg compression.
This foot wrap is a great alternative to a compression sock because it easily wraps around the ankle and foot and comes in two sizes that can fit virtually any foot shape. It’s also made with SILVERtec lining to prevent static, odor, and bacteria build-up.
If you need full leg or upper leg compression, consider this thigh compression wrap. It can be paired with a calf compression wrap for full leg compression, and is constructed with a comfortable, breathable blend of nylon polyester and polyurethane.
This Velcro knee wrap from Juzo works just like short stretch bandages, but easier to put on and more comfortable. It provides higher compression while you’re up and moving, and lower compression while resting, which makes it great for 24-hour wear.
There are several great alternatives to traditional compression socks no matter what your compression needs are! If you think compression wraps are the right fit for you, talk with your doctor and you can browse our whole page of different wraps here.