I was told to get TED hose? What should I get?

Remember: TEDs are for Beds!

TED hose are stockings for people who are bed ridden and are not walking, standing or sitting. The level of compression in a TED hose is usually very low.

If you are standing or sitting (ie, not bed ridden), then you should be in a compression sock or stocking.

The difference between TED hose and compression stockings is how the compression is applied to the leg. TED hose do nothing to help reduce swelling and increase circulation when your legs are upright. So if you were told to get TED hose, and you’re not bed ridden, then you should get compression stockings.

If you’ve never worn them before, it might be nice to start off with a light level of compression such as a 15-20 mmHg (millimeters of Mercury). If you have more swelling and leg health issues, it might be a good idea to consult your doctor or health care professional to ask about higher levels of compression such as 20-30 mmHg or 30-40 mmHg.

2 Responses


July 02, 2013


Great question. Sometimes wearing compression can be tricky depending on the shape of the leg and the skin condition. Typically, if the folds of the skin are causing the compression to fold in on itself, there will be a pressure sore that can form. TED Hose are typically recommended for this situation because they have a much lighter, consistent compression throughout. If your husband is still getting sores, you may want to consult with a specialist to see if there is an even lighter alternative. Otherwise, I would recommend continue wearing them and just smoothing out the material every now and then. Most important, just monitor the condition and stop wearing the TED hose if they get worse.


June 15, 2013

My husband is a recent paraplegic. He sits in his wheelchair several hours a day. He has been wearing TED hose. The compression socks leave a pressure sore at the bend of of his foot after wearing them for 8 hours. It doesn’t go away for a couple of days. Any suggestions? The compression socks I believe are 10-15mmHg.

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