Alternatives to Wearing Compression Stockings
If you have sensitive skin, weak hands, or severe swelling, getting compression socks on and comfortably in place can be a struggle. Luckily, more and more companies are offering alternatives to traditional compression socks – compression wraps. These products wrap easily around the leg and attach with velcro straps.
CircAid, Farrow Medical, Solaris, BiaCare and Juzo all make ready-to-wear wraps that can be easily donned by most anyone.
Circaid Juxta Lite provides dynamic compression, is inelastic, and can be worn day and night. Compression increases when you are active and decreases when you’re at rest. A Built-In Pressure System (BPS) can be adjusted to provide 20-30, 30-40, or 40-50mmHg. CircAid JuxtaFit Essentials and Premium are are more durable and long-lasting option. Made with a thicker fabric, these wraps are easy to maintain and adjust. All of the CircAid products fit a calf up to 25″.
“I bought this because my 93 yr old mother had started having leg edema 6 months ago and could not tolerate putting on or leaving on regular compression stockings (even the lightest compression). These have been easy to put on her and so comfortable that she is willing to wear them even when asleep. Love that the compression is adjustable with the little card.” – Vancouver, WA
FarrowWrap for the calf and foot, is made out of strips of short-stretch fabric, with velcro closures. A liner stocking is typically donned first, then the strips are folded over in sequence starting at the ankle. A wrap for the foot, and hybrid liner with compression in the foot only are also available. FarrowWrap is available in two compression levels, Lite (20-30mmHg) and Classic (30-40mmHg). Fits up to 67cm calf (~26.3″).
“The leg wraps are easy to apply, comfortable to wear, very effective, and are easily removed.” – Mount Vernon, OH
ReadyWrap Quick-Fit by Solaris mimics traditional bandaging and is made using non-elastic Velcro straps. ReadyWrap is available for the foot, calf, knee and thigh. Pieces can be worn individually or together to provide compression from the toes to the groin. Fits a calf up to 68 cm (~26.7″). Extender tabs can add another 10 cm (4″) to the wrap, allowing it to fit up to 78 cm (30.7″)
“These ReadyWrap Calf Units are awesome. no more pulling up and at the same time pulling your muscles. As long as they are on correctly, they hold your leg together. A big plus in my world.” – Plymouth Meeting, PA
BiaCare has CompreFit and CompreFlex options which customers find easier to don because it doesn’t fully open – there’s an inner elastic band that holds the two sides of the wrap together. Just slip the wrap over your foot and adjust the velcro straps. CompreFlex Lite contains just the calf wrap, while the CompreFit and CompreFlex wraps include a foot/ankle wrap. These wraps can be purchased with extender straps to fit a calf up to 74 cm (30″). Upper leg wraps are also available in this line.
“I really am loving my new “stocking”. When my leg was being wrapped by the “OT” staff the wrapping lasted 1 day and then was too loose. This can be adjusted as needed…A super invention!” – Port Orchard, WA
BiaCare has just launched an innovative new wrap that will help you beat the heat and reduce donning issues, and it’s already getting great reviews. The new CoolFlex Wrap is made with Spacer Fabric TR which is HIGHLY breathable (feel the breeze on your legs breathable). Unlike the other wraps on the market that use velcro to secure the straps, this wrap uses a hook-and-eye closure. We tested out the samples and found it to be super easy – even with one hand. Check out this review from a customer who lives alone and has limited dexterity:
“…both my nurse and I were ecstatic we found this item. I am now able to do daily care for my legs independently. Couldn’t be happier!” – Albuquerque, NM
Juzo has just launched their own wrap and it’s already getting rave reviews. While this wrap functions similarly to the options above, it is unique because it offers customers two color options in one wrap – it’s fully reversible. Currently the Juzo Compression Wraps are only available for the foot, calf and upper leg. Fits a calf up to 23.5″.
Want to see all the pieces laid out together and easy to browse? Check our page that features full-leg compression wraps.
Lastly, a new wrap which is designed specifically for night-time wear has just launched. Solaris TributeWrap is available for the lower leg and arm. These wraps are comfy for all night wear because they’re made with a temperature regulating CoolCore foam. The composition is meant to mimic full bandage wrapping with channeled foam and compression, so it’s ideal for anyone dealing with chronic lymphedema and fibrosis.
If one of these ready-to-wear options won’t work for you, custom wraps are available for every part of the body. Give us a call at 1-877-545-8585.