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.
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