Medical compression socks and stockings are prescribed by a doctor for various venous and lymphatic ailments. However, there are times that a compression garment is not ideal. A compression garment should not be worn in the case of circulation disorders in leg arteries or for those with serious heart conditions.
Caution is also recommended in the case of sensory impairments due to diabetes and neuropathy (nerve damage).
There is a helpful infographic that shares when it is safe to wear compression and when it is not depending upon a patient’s venous state.
In addition, even for those who are prescribed to wear compression, it is best practice to remove your medical compression stockings when you go to sleep. Your venous and lymphatic system does not work against gravity when you lie down. This facilitates the drainage of blood and lymph. In addition, skin regenerates overnight.
Your physician will advise you on the best approach for using compression with specific underlying conditions.