I have lower leg LD, but believe it has progressed, as I have enormous, hard 'muffin-tops' above my stockings? I also have (what seems to be?) a narrower 'band' around both mid-calves, which is narrower than the rest of my legs.
I have the flat-knit, knee-high stockings without the gripper-band, (the grippers gave me itchy spots) and they quickly wriggle into the bands when they're put on, so I'm constantly having to pull them up!
I had an appt. to see my nurse last week. She was not my 'usual' nurse, but a young woman who only seemed to want to measure me, and get me out of there! I told her my fears, but she insisted that I only needed 2 new pairs of (same sized) stockings, as the measurements hadn't changed very much, and also some glue, to last me another year! This was despite my telling her of the horrendous heel/ankle-pain I now get when I put my foot on the floor, and prodding the 'muffin-tops' to show her how hard and swollen they are! She dismissed my fears and sent me on my way - riding my small mobility buggy, as I can no longer walk more than about 30-40yds.
This is before I put my stockings on in the morning. I can't photograph my other leg like this, as a hip-replacement won't allow me to twist the leg into position. I would be interested to hear any comments...?