Compression garments are very beneficial for people with certain medical conditions or even for those who work on their feet many hours per day. There are many athletes as well that swear by their rejuvenating powers! Whether you need compression wear for a medical purpose, like varicose veins or lymphedema, or you use them to help with circulation and limb pains from long hours on your feet, the proper care of your compression garments is essential to keep them in good condition. At Tierney Orthotics and Prosthetics, we can help you get the right size for your compression garments as well as help you determine your best style and options. Here are a few ways to care for your compression garments so that they will last.
Never bleach or dry your compression garments in a dryer. Your compression garments work by employing elastic fibers, which are destroyed by these harsher methods of cleaning and drying. Instead, hand wash your compression garments in cool water with a very gentle detergent and then hang them to dry before wearing.
Wear your compression garments properly. They should be worn all day and taken off during the night. You should also put your compression garments on before you get out of bed for best results. If you gain or lose a significant amount of weight, be sure to adjust the size of your compression garments.
For help with sizing, advice for using and other common compression wear questions, come and see us here at Tierney Orthotics and Prosthetics.