What kind of compression socks does my husband need to wear and where can I find them?

He's a diabetic and last year had a triple bypass which they took a vein from each leg. He also has 2 stents and has neuropathy. He wears a size 14 shoe and weighs 360lbs. He walks a lot in his job. Ever since the bypass his legs have hurt and swell easily. Now they stay swollen and are red just above his ankle. He takes a water pill everyday but his legs remain swollen and very painful. Our cardiologist told him to get compression socks. We can't find compression socks that fit him.

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West Coast Vein & Aesthetic Center

Published on Jan 16, 2018

Many cities have custom compression sock makers. They will be able to provide your husband with the size and compression and comfort he needs. They're a little pricey though. You can always try the over-the-counter variety for large sizes which are very inexpensive.

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Answered by West Coast Vein & Aesthetic Center

Many cities have custom compression sock makers. They will be able to provide your husband with the size and compression and comfort he needs. They're a little pricey though. You can always try the over-the-counter variety for large sizes which are very inexpensive.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vein Specialties of St. Louis

Published on Jan 16, 2018

Some brands do accommodate a size 14 such as Sigvaris. There are many styles, some for diabetics. He can also wear an open toe style to leave room for his toes and wear a regular sock over the top. He should be measured and fitted by an experienced fitter and this should be done as early in the day as possible before there is too much swelling.

If this continues even with the diuretics, perhaps the cardiologist could refer him to the lymphedema clinic for management of the swelling.

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Answered by Vein Specialties of St. Louis

Some brands do accommodate a size 14 such as Sigvaris. There are many styles, some for diabetics. He can also wear an open toe style to leave room for his toes and wear a regular sock over the top. He should be measured and fitted by an experienced fitter and this should be done as early in the day as possible before there is too much swelling.

If this continues even with the diuretics, perhaps the cardiologist could refer him to the lymphedema clinic for management of the swelling.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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