Ask Cheri Hoskins, CLT, CCT

Areas of expertise:
  • Lymphedema Management
  • Quality of Life
  • Pneumatic Compression Devices
  • Legislative Concerns
  • Patient Advocacy
  • Reimbursement for Pneumatic Compression
  • Compression Therapy Certification

Cheri is the President and CEO of Compression Done Right, Inc., a consulting company for compression therapy. She has over 30 years of experience specializing in Lymphatic, Vascular and Arterial Compression Therapy. Prior to Compression Done Right, Cheri owned Clinics across the United States for 27 years treating patients suffering from these conditions and has evaluated all products and devices available for the treatment of the same. Cheri prides herself in the work she has done as a patient advocate and helping those in need receive reimbursement for their care. She has authored numerous papers, spoken at many events and conferences. Cheri is currently a consultant and instructs and provides a Compression Therapy Certification Course.


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  1. Continued discussion of Compression hose
    Question (Beth, ):
    • My compression hose are over the counter. I sent the custom hose back because they just did not work for me. I did not have the silicone band with the beads on any of my hose. The over the counter hose I tried first (over the counter) thigh highs had a silicone strip but they rolled down. I also used the roll on skin glue to help them stay up and it does help a little.

    Answer:
    • Mar 2015

      Compression Stockings are tricky, your measurements can change from the time they are measured for and the time you receive them.  However, with that said, if you are having trouble keeping them up I can only suggest trying custom with the silicone boarder or better yet panty hose.  Everyone is different and you should consult your therapist or fitter for further advise.

  2. Continued discussion of Compression hose
    Question (Beth, ):
    • My compression hose are over the counter. I sent the custom hose back because they just did not work for me. I did not have the silicone band with the beads on any of my hose. The over the counter hose I tried first (over the counter) thigh highs had a silicone strip but they rolled down. I also used the roll on skin glue to help them stay up and it does help a little.

    Answer:
    • Mar 2015

      My suggestion would be to try a different brand of custom hose and go to a panty hose.  Unfortunately if you do not have a semi symmetrical shape to your legs over the counter stockings will ride down.

  3. Beth
    Question (Beth, ):
    • I have lymphedema due to melanoma on my right calf. The lymph nodes were stripped in my groin. I am having difficulty getting my compression hose to fit correctly and to stay up. I have tried custom and jobst hose. They come down in the crotch, bunch at the knee and ankle and cut off circulation. I have stopped wearing them altogether. I know that they are important. I need help on where to find the proper fit. I have gone to a PT. certified with Lymphedema drainage it all went great but then when it is time to wear the garment, it does not work. I wear one leg with a velcro band around my waist. Thanks, Beth Eckerson

    Answer:
    • Feb 2015

      Hi Beth:

      A couple of questions for you:

      1.  Are your stockings custom fitted or over the counter?

      2.  Did they add a silicone boarder with beads at the top of the thigh to help them stay up?