Where do you buy compression stockings? Not at the mall. And not at your local drug store either. Sure, just about every CVS and Rite Aid pharmacy carry compression garments of some kind, but the support hose offered there is the compression equivalent of a gentle breeze caressing your leg. Lymphedema legs require sustained, gale force support.
Only a handful of companies manufacture stockings globally that support our limbs with enough pressure to be effective. I have tried just about all of the major brands, including Juzo, Jobst, Sigvaris, Solidea, Medi and Therafirm. Allegro and Solaris are the only major brands I have yet to try.
However (as an industry norm), these stockings cannot be purchased directly from these manufacturers – only from authorized dealers.
While the term “dealer” may conjure images of shady characters in dark alleys peddling illicit product in ziploc baggies, compression stocking dealers range from mom-and-pop retail pharmacies to online-only providers.
Every manufacturer’s website has a dealer locator function to help you find the store nearest you.
Your insurance company may dictate which supplier you choose (if you’re lucky enough to have stockings covered), so give them a call as well.
First, go in person. If you are buying your first pair, it’s a good idea to visit a dealer in person to make sure you are measured properly by a trained professional and receive the proper size stocking. They should be able to advise you on the various styles of stockings available that serve your specific lymphedema condition.
- Then, shop online. Once you are comfortable with your size and style preferences, branch out to online dealers simply by typing “compression stockings” or similar terms into your search engine. Online providers often have better prices than retail medical supply stores. Plus, nothing beats the convenience of shopping from your home and having the stockings show up on your doorstep, while your legs are comfortably elevated.
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