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Why You Should Buy Compression Socks

Why You Should Buy Compression Socks

What are compression socks and who should wear them?

Compression socks can improve and prevent many health conditions in addition to keeping your feet warm and dry. Compression socks are specialized socks that gently pressure your legs and ankles. Using them can help improve blood flow from your legs to your heart. Compression socks can also help reduce swelling and pain in the legs and ankles, reducing fluid buildup in the legs, reducing inflammation, and ultimately improving blood flow through the veins.

Compression socks come in two types: graduated and anti-embolism.

Most people use graduated compression socks, which are the most common type. While these socks come in a range of compression tightnesses, they are all tight around the ankle and loosen up as they go higher up the leg.

Anti-embolism stockings serve a more specific purpose. These devices are designed to keep blood flowing, preventing blood clots, for bed-bound patients, particularly those recovering from surgery.

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What is the benefit of wearing compression socks?

It can be beneficial to wear compression socks for a variety of conditions.

  • Improves leg circulation

  • A reduction in swelling in the ankles and legs

  • Enhancing lymphatic drainage

  • Managing orthostatic hypotension when you stand up after sitting for a long period of time

  • Keeping leg veins from pooling blood

  • The prevention of deep vein thrombosis in the legs

  • Venous ulcer prevention

  • Varicose vein pain reduction

  • Managing venous hypertension

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Other situations in which compression socks can be useful include:

  • Compression socks can help athletes improve blood flow and oxygen delivery during workouts, practices, and competitions. Compression wraps can also help athletes recover faster post-workout. 

  • People who are confined to wheelchairs can benefit from compression socks because they improve blood flow and reduce swelling.

  • Compression stockings may reduce swelling in pregnant women whose legs, feet or ankles are prone to swelling. Compression socks work best for pregnant women when they wear them in the morning as a preventative measure, rather than after swelling has already developed.

  • Wearing compression socks on frequent or long flights may help increase circulation and reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis and blood clots.

  • Compression socks can help reduce fatigue, pain, and swelling in the legs and feet of people on their feet all day at work.

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Compression socks: how to take care of them

Wear your compression socks all day by putting them on in the morning and taking them off at night (unless your doctor advises otherwise). Although you may need to get used to wearing compression socks, if they fit correctly, they shouldn't be painful or too bothersome for most of the day. It is recommended that you buy at least two pairs of compression socks so that you can wash and dry them between uses.

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