23rd August 2022

Hot tips for cool legs if you’re wearing compression garments or hosiery this summer

A  guide for anyone wearing compression garments or hosiery. Chat with your healthcare professional if you have concerns or need further help or to make sure you’re wearing the correct type of compression garment or at the correct dosage.

Applying compression garments and hosiery in the summer months
Applying compression garments and hosiery in the summer months

What can you do to keep your legs and feet cool in the summer months if you wear compression garments?

Dampen or wet your compression garments

Keep cool during the day by dampening or wetting your compression garment(s) using a plant spray or shower head – use a towel to soak up excess moisture. Please note: do not do this if you have dressings in place.

Cotton garments

Some manufacturers produce garments which ensure 100% cotton is against the skin. Not only does this help with keeping cool but it’s also good for sensitive skin.

Skin coloured garments

Switching to skin-coloured garments for the summer is a good idea as the colour black attracts heat.

Open toe garments

If you like sandals, ask your clinician if you are suitable to have open toe garments. The hosiery starts at the base of the toes allowing them to be exposed and, if desired, is an opportunity to show off painted toenails!

Why is it so important to wear compression stockings in hot weather?

Consistent compression therapy is important all year round, but especially in the summer. The summer heat can cause your veins to dilate and without compression therapy, such as stockings or hosiery this, can lead to an increased tendency to swelling. People with existing health conditions such as venous hypertension or varicose vein, lipoedema or lymphoedema can suffer more with feelings / sensations such as hick and heavy legs or even pain and should ensure their compression hosiery is warn all of the time.

Tips for keep healthy legs during the summer months

Daily wearing of compression garments

Legs expand in hot weather so it is more important than ever to keep them under control by making sure compression garments are worn every day.

Daily washing of compression garments

Throughout the day garments become loose. Washing garments after each wear helps the material return to the correct pressure.

Renew compression garments

Over time, the elasticity in garments reduces. Ensure you renew your garments regularly – at least 2 new garments per leg every 6 months.

Keep your skin in good condition

Wearing garments can dry skin so keep your legs moisturised by applying non perfumed moisturising lotion at night, the warmth of the bed will help absorb the cream.

Exercise and more regularly

Exercise is amazing in helping legs to look and feel better. Even if you feel physical exercise is not for you, there are simple movements and stretches that can make a big difference.