aFor over 60 years, JOBST® is dedicated to meeting your needs. We offer the highest quality products that range from medical hosiery to bandages. We research our products to make sure they meet our promise of the highest efficacy.
Starting with its founder, Conrad Jobst, who suffered from venous disease, JOBST® has always had the strongest commitment to improving the quality of life for those with venous disease or swelling related conditions.
We are committed to quality. This quality is reflected in our superior design. A design which is tested with patients and manufactured in our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.
Conrad Jobst founded JOBST® in 1950 in Toledo, Ohio. Born in Germany, Conrad was both a mechanical engineer and inventor. He applied his varied expertise and personal experience to the development of gradient compression garments, which relieve the symptoms of venous insufficiency. About the same time VARITEX – the predecessor of JOBST in Europe – became established in Germany and began cooperation with professionals in phlebology and lymphology.
After Conrad’s death in 1957, his wife, Caroline Jobst, successfully grew the business. Under her leadership, JOBST expanded the product lines to include Ready-to-Wear vascular garments; consumer support stockings, plastic and reconstructive surgery garments, and anti-embolism stockings.
Beiersdorf AG, Hamburg Germany, acquired JOBST® in August 1990. Beiersdorf AG also acquired VARITEX in Germany. VARITEX was renamed JOBST in 1996. On April 2, 2001, the business was renamed BSN-JOBST® as it became an affiliate company of BSN medical Inc., a joint venture holding company equally owned by Smith & Nephew and Beiersdorf.
Wearing compression for the first time
Compression is believed to increase the pressure in the tissues beneath the skin thus reducing excess leakage of fluid from the capillaries and increasing absorption of tissue fluid by the capillaries and lymphatic vessels. Gradient compression helps reduce and prevent swelling, relieves that tired achy feeling in your legs, and more.
The first few times you wear your compression garment you will notice the squeeze. It is OK to begin wearing your stockings gradually. Try wearing them for just a few hours the first day and then increase the number of hours each day until you can wear them comfortably throughout the day while you are up and about. Check your stockings periodically to smooth out any wrinkles as the fabric may move during the day. Remove your stockings before going to bed.
If you find that compression stockings are difficult to put on, check out our donning advice in the Leg Health Tips section.