TED hose stockings (Thrombo-Embolic-Deterrent) are tight fitting, constrictive socks which assist in blood circulation . Also known as Anti-Embolism Stockings, the strong elastic in these compression socks focuses a varying amount of pressure to all areas of the leg including the thighs, knees, ankles and feet. The average blood pressure of the body (arterial pressure) is increased because this additional pressure forces blood to travel to smaller routes throughout the body, thus forcing more blood away from the feet and towards the heart. Without this un-impeded blood circulation, blot clots can form which can lead to a heart attack or stroke.


Patients who have just had joint replacement surgery, are bed ridden, or have some other condition which inhibits their ability to move their legs freely are higher risk for blood clots and can benefit from compression stockings. TED hose stockings are usually worn after a surgery, and in some cases, a patient may be encouraged to wear compression socks of graduated pressures as their medical condition improves. This will allow more pressure to be applied to the leg in the earlier stages of recovery.  In addition to the circulation benefit, TED hose stockings can also help decrease swelling which may have resulted from a surgery or accident.


The stockings should never be allowed to ‘bunch up’ as this may create abrasions, irritate the skin and possibly further impede blood circulation. In general, TED hose stockings should be worn for up to 6 weeks after a surgery, and should be cleaned daily. Having a backup pair makes it possible to alternate between the sock is which being worn and washed on a daily basis.


Due to the potential contact with blood, sweat and other bodily fluids, compression socks should be routinely and thoroughly washed. No special treatment is required for caring for TED hose stockings: simply wash them in cold or warm water with your usual detergent and dry in low heat for 20 minutes.


As with any decision concerning your health, always seek professional advice from a licensed and qualified physician before deciding to use TED hose stockings or attempting any other form of medical self-treatment.