Why Custom Flat-Knit for Lymphedema?

Custom Compression for lymphedema 2THE FLAT-KNIT OPTION

Lymphedema can be challenging, but wearing flat-knit custom stockings can be an effective solution. These custom garments are designed to provide compression and support, helping reduce swelling and improve overall comfort. Due to the short-stretch properties of the knitted fabric, flat knit compression combines several positive features. The low resting pressure makes donning and doffing more accessible, whereas the high working pressure ensures increased compression during active movement. Furthermore, flat-knit garments can bridge skin folds and have a higher containment level. 

Flat-knit compression products are primarily used during maintenance therapy. The benchmark for custom-made products flat-knit can provide individual solutions for those who need more than an over-the-counter compression garment. Additionally, the flat-knit process offers endless solutions for challenging compression needs. Compared to circular-knitted stockings, flat-knitted products have less elasticity but provide a stable barrier due to the fixed stitch size.

The knitting machine produces flat-knitted stockings. It creates different circumferences on the flat needle bed by changing the number of needles per row while keeping the stitch size consistent. Afterward, the two side ends are sewn together, creating a seam. This variable stitch count allows for a perfect fit for individuals with diverse body shapes and sizes. 


1. Compression: Custom flat knit stockings provide graduated compression, exerting the highest pressure at the ankle and gradually decreasing towards the top. This compression helps to stimulate lymphatic flow, reducing swelling and preventing fluid buildup.

2. Comfort: The custom fit of these stockings ensures maximum comfort. They are designed to fit snugly without feeling too tight or restrictive. The blend of materials also provides breathability, preventing excessive heat and moisture buildup.

3. Improved function: Lymphedema can significantly impact mobility and daily activities. Custom flat knit stockings support the affected limb(s), reducing discomfort and allowing individuals to move more freely and engage in their usual activities.

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4. Prevent complications: Lymphedema can lead to various complications, including skin infections and cellulitis. Custom flat-knit stockings help to prevent these complications by reducing swelling and maintaining a healthy environment for the skin.

5. Long-lasting: Custom flat knit stockings are durable and long-lasting. Proper care and maintenance can provide compression for an extended period, making them a cost-effective investment in managing lymphedema.

6. Aesthetic appeal: Custom flat knit stockings are available in various colors and styles, allowing individuals to choose options that suit their preferences and lifestyles. This aesthetic appeal can boost confidence and self-esteem, particularly for those who may feel self-conscious about their condition.


If Custom flat-knit compression interests you, ask your lymphedema therapists about them measuring you for these garments. If your therapist is unfamiliar with fitting custom garments, I can assist in the Chicago land area in person or remotely if further away. Here are some of the services I can provide for you:

  1. I work with all the major compression manufacturers, including Jobst, Juzo, Medi, L&R, JoViPak, and Purenight. 
  2. The needed custom measurement forms are on my website under the drop-down menu Shop and then Custom.
  3. Once these forms are complete, you can fax 815 364 2781 or email theresa@thecompression closet.com 
  4. When I have a completed form, I can give the therapist or patient a quote and place the order. (usually, same day, if not then the next)
  5. Before I place the order, I go over the form to make sure all the requirements are filled in and may make suggestions of options I find work well for individual garments. 
  6. I will place the order that day if I have everything I need.
  7. I can consult with you over the phone, text 815 342 0370, and email if you have questions about measuring or filling out forms. 
  8. I have also consulted with therapists via Facebook Messenger and Zoom when needed. 

Custom Compression for lymphedema IS CUSTOM FLAT-KNIT RIGHT FOR YOU?

Your medical professional working with you and your lymphedema would be the best person to answer this question. It is not the ideal solution for everyone and can be more expensive than over-the-counter options. However, it is worth looking into for optimal lymphedema care.  

Disclaimer – This blog is for general information purposes only. Furthermore, the information contained in this blog is not a substitute for medical advice. Always consult a licensed healthcare professional for advice on your specific condition.


0 thoughts on “Why Custom Flat-Knit for Lymphedema?

  • Barbara Golian says:

    Hello Theresa

    I have been reading your articles for some time. Find them interesting and educational.
    Thank you very much for providing this service.
    Hope that Chicago weather this summer has been more tolerable than here in Texas
    Best regards

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