Jodi Schneider has been a certified fitter at KHS for 16 years. She works with clients at our West Allis location as well as fitting off-site for clients who are unable to come in to the store. Here she discusses her professional work and the benefits of compression hosiery.
BLOG: What exactly is a fitter and what do you do?
SCHNEIDER: A fitter is someone who has been professionally trained to fit you with the proper brace, support, breast form, compression garment or other medical-type garment prescribed by your physician. In the case of orthopedic bracing, I make sure prefabricated or custom orthotic devices are properly fit and adjusted for your needs since each person is unique. I work closely with your doctor or therapist, to address your specific needs. The goal is to aid you in your daily living; we want the brace or garment you wear to enhance your lifestyle in the most comfortable way possible.
BLOG: How does one become a fitter?
SCHNEIDER: I would say, first and foremost, you must be someone who likes working with people and is a good listener. Professionally, after extensive training, we must pass an exam for our certification and from then on, annually pursue continuing education credits. Also, my LPN background helps me evaluate and understand the specific diseases and helps me define how best to help the patient.
BLOG: What are the benefits of compression hosiery?
SCHNEIDER: Wearing compression hosiery can make a world of difference. There are lots of benefits depending on the patient’s condition. For someone with tired, aching legs or mild to moderate edema, they will feel more energized and comfortable while preventing disfiguring and uncomfortable fluid build-up. For someone with venous or lymphatic disorders, the compression helps treat and/or stop the progression of the disorder, thereby avoiding serious complications like infections, clots and ulcers.
BLOG: Sometimes compression hosiery is hard to get on, isn’t it?
SCHNEIDER: Well, because it is designed to provide graduated pressure with the strongest amount of pressure in the foot and ankle area, it can seem tight. We always demonstrate the proper on and off techniques during the fitting process. We suggest using rubber gloves to help with the donning but we also sell four kinds of sock donners which make the process much easier. Most people, with proper instruction, can don their socks without a problem.
BLOG: Tell us about KHS’ Semi-Annual Hosiery Sale.
SCHNEIDER: This year the sale runs February 20-24, 2012 and is a good time to order more of your stockings, especially since 25% off is the biggest discount we offer. All kinds of products are on sale in addition to compression hosiery and arm sleeves including: anti-bacterial socks, athletic socks, diabetic and sensitive feet socks, even fashion support stockings and pantyhose.
BLOG: Do you need to make an appointment to get measured or fit?
SCHNEIDER: Appointments are not necessary, but are encouraged. If you come without an appointment you will be taken care of! If you have insurance, it’s easiest to call in advance so that your benefits can be verified before you come in—that cuts down on your time here.