Prolonged standing may not only cause discomfort, varicose veins, and fatigue among nurses, but also decrease their level of mental alertness. As nurses, we cannot afford to be physically and mentally tired especially when we are on duty.
The good news is that we can avoid them by stretching often, sitting when possible and choosing a comfortable pair of nursing shoes. Wearing compression stockings is also extremely important for you to prevent lower body fatigue.
What are compression stockings?
Compression stockings encourage venous return by applying pressure to your lower extremities, thus alleviating fatigue and preventing varicose veins.
Nurses are urged to wear compression stockings that fit them best. The stockings come in different levels of tightness, so nurses need to measure their legs first before purchasing.
Stockings that are under 10mmHg are not that efficient when it comes to relieving leg fatigue, and those above 20mmHg may be slightly uncomfortable. The best range should be around 15 to 20 mmHg only.
Measurement of legs must be done in the morning prior to any possible venous pooling in the middle of the day. The circumference of the bilateral ankle, calves, and thighs, and the measurement from foot to knee or foot to thigh should be determined.
If you don’t wear compression stockings, but are planning to purchase, we suggest the following list of nine of the best compression stockings/hose/socks for nurses:
Pro: Thickness has been added to the heel to provide stability.
Con: It is difficult to determine the size, and you might end up purchasing socks that are too tight.
Pro: Its breathable fabric ensures comfortable and snug fit.
Cons: It is difficult to determine the size, and you might end up purchasing socks that are too tight.
Pro: The fabric used is really soft, but gives enough compression.
Con: They are made of very thin material which makes them very difficult to put on.
Pro: The price is very reasonable.
Con: The stockings easily wear out.
Made of 94% Nylon and 6% Spandex, these support socks help eliminate and prevent varicose veins while reducing leg fatigue.
Pro: They are easy to put on and fit very comfortably.
Con: The compression level is 20-30mmHg and may be too tight for some people.
Pro: There is a specially designed knee band that minimizes slippage without constricting circulation.
Con: Can be too tight or too long. You have to be careful with the sizes and measurements prior to purchase.
Pros: They are comfortably soft and very durable.
Cons:Can be too tight or too long. You have to be careful with the sizes and measurements prior to purchase; they are very difficult to put on and take off.
Pro: They provide a great support even with shoes on.
Con: Sometimes just wouldn’t stay in place.
Pro: They are easy to wash.
Con: It takes a while to get used to wearing them, because they will feel too light at first.
Stockings that help with proper blood circulation are vital especially for those who stand all day like nurses. What compression stockings have you tried? What are their good and bad qualities? Share them with us!
About the Author: Mary Elizabeth Velarmino Francisco earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from the Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Philippines. She is always happy to share her passion for writing and blogging. With coffee running through her veins, she enthusiastically battles each day, one article at a time.