Compression Socks - Yes or No?

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Hi!

Just wondering what experience people may have had with wearing compression socks following ankle surgery. I just started wearing them yesterday (9 months post-op) and already I notice an improvement.

Thanks!

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  • Posted

    About a month after surgery my entire leg started turning red whenever it wasn't elevated. The doctor diagnosed it as varicose veins and then I started wearing a compression stocking all the time. Now I'm wondering if this is a permanent condition.

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      Hi, Ann.

      My leg did the same - turned red. I don't notice it now (9 months post-op, ankle surgery, 4 breaks). I'm also not wearing shorts like in the summer, so I don't often see my bare legs, ha-ha. I just started wearing compression socks 2 days ago. I was told to wear them on both legs...even though only the left ankle was injured. I already notice an improvement.

      I don't know much about varicose veins. I pray for complete healing for you.

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    I asked for them following my TAR because of ankle and leg swelling and they helped greatly. I wore them day and night fir several weeks.

    cheers Richard

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      Thanks, RichardKen. I confess that I had to look up TAR. Thrombocytopenia? Did you have ankle surgery? Was the TAR as a result of that? Once you stopped wearing the compression socks, was your leg back to normal?

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      Total ankle replacement which had to be TOTALLY revised earlier this year due to poor workmanship the first time around! Cheers Richard

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    Hi,

    Ive just started back to work in past few weeks after foot & ankle surgery back in May, yesterday i walked over 7000 steps in work wearing normal socks, leg / ankle / foot was very swollen under contact point of socks, ive struggled to reduce the swelling even after elevation......moving forward i cant sustain this situation as could lead to complications, i will trial compression socks, as this is worrying.

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      Hi.

      I had ankle surgery (1 plate with 6 screws, 2 screws in another bone) in February 2018. I, too, had the swelling near the elastic at the top of my socks...just above the ankle. I started wearing compression socks 2 days ago and notice an improvement already. Hope they work for you!

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    YES, THEY WERE A LIFESAVER! I began wearing them when I began weight bearing again. They really helped with swelling and discomfort, easier to put a shoe on too. My learning is that they come in several values of compression. I wore heavier compression at first the began wearing lighter. They even come in cute colors and styles on AMAZONS and stores like MARSHALLS! TJMAX? GOOD LUCK!

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      Thanks, Nancy! That's encouraging news! I started wearing them 2 days ago and notice an improvement already. I got the toeless ones so I can wear flip-flops...a black pair...and a beige pair. Some insurance plans cover them. I had to be fitted for mine at a pharmacy. Thanks again!

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    I did the same thing as you. Compression socks have gradually improved the condition of my legs, which is really fortunate. My leg pain is not particularly serious, I want to put on to properly resume my cycling trip. Life still has hope, haha.

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