What are compression socks?
Compression socks are a special type of socks designed to help increase blood circulation in your legs.
Unlike traditional socks, they are constructed to put more pressure on your legs, ankles and feet. Typically, they provide a snugger fit than regular socks.
What are the benefits of compression socks?
By compressing veins, arteries and muscles, more blood flows back to the heart and less blood pools in the feet. This increase in blood circulation can help prevent leg swelling and fatigue, reduce the risk of blood clots in the leg (deep vein thrombosis), improve comfort and provide relief from tired, aching legs.
Who can benefit from compression socks?
People with leg problems or at risk for blood clots can typically benefit from wearing compression socks. If your job requires you to spend a lot of time sitting or standing—such as nurses, restaurant workers, flight attendants and dentists—compression socks can help combat lingering muscle fatigue. Many doctors also recommend wearing them when traveling, especially if pregnant or overweight.
What types of compression socks are available?
Compression socks are available with different levels of compression. The unit of measure used is mmHg, which refers to the amount of pressure applied to the legs.
The higher the number, the greater the compression. Compression socks rated at 20 mmHg or less are available over the counter. Socks offering greater compression require a prescription and a trained fitter.
Socks with light to moderate compression (8 to 15 mmHg) are often recommended for people who have tired and fatigued legs from sitting or standing all day.
Compression socks are available for both men and women. They can be found in a wide range of colors and designs. Like these fun and whimsical compression socks from koi, which are constructed with Meryl® Skinlife, an antimicrobial yarn that helps reduce unpleasant odors.
Are compression socks difficult to put on?
Because compression socks offer a tighter fit than traditional socks, some people, especially those trying them on for the first time, may experience difficulty putting them on. Here are some tips:
- Put them on first thing in the morning (before any swelling develops)
- Avoid moisturizing your legs right before putting them on
- You can also apply a little talcum power or corn starch to your legs to dry up excess moisture that causes friction
- Gently pull the sock up your leg, smoothing the material as you pull
- Make sure the heel is in the correct position and the seams are straight
5 REASONS TO WEAR COMPRESSION SOCKS
- Less muscle fatigue. Compression socks can help prevent swelling and fatigue.
- Increased blood circulation. They promote the flow of blood back to the heart.
- Reduced odor. Compression socks made with antimicrobial yarn can help reduce foot odor.
- Decreased risk of blood clots. They can help reduce the risk of blood clots in the leg.
- Support. They provide great support for long periods of standing or sitting.
Isn’t it time you got relief for your tired, aching feet?