Cheap Support Hose Deals: A Steal or False Economy?

We could all use a little extra in the budget these days. If you need to get support hose, the price can shock you, ranging from $50 to $150 per pair. In many cases, you may need to shell out for two or more pairs, if your health care provider recommends.
 
But skimping on support stockings has some downsides. Let’s take a look at why you might want to spend a little more – and how to get deals on cheap support hose.

Buying Cheap Could Hurt Your Health

Discount support hose come in a variety of compression levels. Typically, lighter support hose with less compression are less expensive than higher compression stockings. But stockings in the 8-15 mmHg range, the cheapest varieties, only help people with minor vein problems, such as aching legs from pregnancy or people in careers that have them on their feet a lot.

People with serious vein problems, whose doctors recommend firmer compression, may be putting their health at risk if they try to skimp on cost by using a lighter compression than they need. If you need cheap support hosiery in the 30-40 mmHg or higher range, expect to pay $75 or more per pair.

Off-Brand Stockings May Not Work as Well

Juzo, Jobst, Sigvaris, and Mediven are some of the most common manufacturers of support hose. Those looking for discount medical stockings may come across drugstore brands or knockoff varieties produced overseas on auction sites, but often you get what you pay for: the compression level may not be as advertised, or the stockings may be low quality and wear out more quickly than a name brand carried by medical supply stores.

Buying Used Often a Bad Idea

Online auction sites like Ebay and even Craigslist may turn up deals on lightly used compression stockings. But consider this: With used compression stockings, it’s hard to verify the stocking’s level of compression, especially if there is no original packaging. The previous wearer may have weighed more or less than you, stretching out the stocking and compromising the compression.

For these reasons, doctors do not recommend wearing used stockings, but instead getting those fitted for you. However, if you can find new cheap medical stockings that come in their original packaging, and you’re certain you’re getting the brand, size, and compression level you need, you may be able to snag a deal.

Discount Medical Stockings: Not Impossible to Find

Buying medical stockings online can net you some bargains, though. Here are a few tips to get online deals on name brand support stockings:

1) Purchasing through a retailer like Amazon can get you free shipping for orders over $25 (free 2-day membership if you have a Prime membership). They carry brands like:

2) Look for coupon codes for online discount support hose retailers. Try Googling “coupon code” and the name of the supplier website to find codes that you can enter to get a percentage off your order or free shipping.

3) Buy multiples. It’s not as good a shipping deal as Amazon, but other medical supply retailers often offer free shipping on orders $65 and above, so buying stockings in bulk (and you’ll need at least one pair to wear, one pair to wash) can save some money.