In short, you can absolutely wear compression stockings while swimming, regardless of whether it’s in the ocean, lake, pool or other source of water. The only thing you need to keep in mind is that every one of these outdoor environments will affect your stockings and cause them to deteriorate a lot faster than regular daily wear. For this reason, it is recommended that you set aside a set of stockings to use specifically for water activities so that you don’t have to worry about them being destroyed. You can also choose to dedicate an older pair for your water activities or invest in a less expensive one so that it won’t cause you to be sad if they were to become destroyed.
Something important that you should know is that you don’t need your stockings if you will be submerged completely in water for most of your excursion because the pressure on your body when you’re underwater is the same as what your compression garment provides outside of water. So, if you choose not to wear your compression stockings, make sure the limb that is affected remains underwater and place your garment back on quickly once you’re done with your water activity. If your affected limb will not be submerged in water long enough or only partially, it’s better to wear your compression stocking. It’s not always easy to get your compression sleeve or stocking back on after getting out of the water because the moisture on your skin can make it difficult, which is why you need to dry your leg, particularly the back of the knee, so that you can put on your garment faster.
Many people who have to wear compression stockings find that summer is a difficult season to get through but swimming generally helps alleviate swelling and edema, and can help manage lymphedema. If you feel self-conscious about wearing compression stockings to the beach or pool, it’s natural, but rest assured that with all the styles and effectiveness of the garment you can wear the stockings proudly knowing they serve a purpose and help with your condition. Remember to stay hydrated because this will help as well and being in the sun can cause you to become dehydrated, so make sure you pack plenty of water.
There are several products you can choose from and Allwell Pharmacy can help you find the appropriate coverage for your affected legs. We carry products that are both durable and affordable and whether you need compression stockings or socks, we carry them all. We have locations in Brampton and Mississauga, so if you want to enjoy your summer and spend lots of time outdoors, come and visit our pharmacy today and we will make sure you are prepared!