There are many benefits of compression socks, by providing consistent pressure along with leg movement, they encourage blood to flow upward from your ankles through the deep veins in your legs and back toward your heart. This technology helps fight swelling and discomfort, and also reduce the risk of developing DVT (deep vein thrombosis), a clot that forms in the deep veins. The danger of DVT is that a clot could break off, travel through your body, and block blood flow in one of the arteries to your lungs, causing a potentially fatal condition called a pulmonary embolism.
Compression socks are most likely to benefit you if:
You've recently had surgery or have been on bed rest—inactivity increases your risk of DVT.
You're going on a long flight. You'll be sitting and confined to a tight space for many hours, which increases the risk of blood clots. Research has shown that people who wear compression socks during air travel are less likely to develop DVT or swelling in their legs.
You have a clotting disorder that puts you at risk for DVT, or a family history of DVT.
You have varicose veins or leg ulcers. Compression socks can combat the aching, swelling, and general discomfort that often accompanies them.
You’re pregnant. Compression socks are often recommended to pregnant women in order to prevent symptoms such as heaviness and tension in the legs as well as swollen feet. They provide relief for the veins and reduce the risk of venous inflammation, thrombosis and varicose veins.
You’re on your feet all day. Standing for prolonged periods of time puts more pressure on your circulatory system, which can lead to varicose veins, spider veins, deep vein thrombosis, and other issues. Compression socks combat poor circulation by forcing the blood to circulate to and from your extremities. They also feel amazing and reduce the heaviness that people often experience from extended periods in a static position.
You love outdoor activities. Wearing compression socks while running help decrease the effort your legs have to put in, meaning you'll go easier on your muscles and reduce the effects of fatigue. Studies have shown they stimulate blood flow, and help runner’s legs recover quicker even after a prolonged, hard run.
WHAT ARE THE RATING?
15-20 mmHg: The mild compression of 15-20 mmHg socks provides relief from minor to moderate swelling, aching, and varicose veins, especially during pregnancy and for people who are concerned about developing a DVT while flying. They are great for preventing deep vein thrombosis while traveling, and also good for anyone who stands or sits for long periods of time.
20-30 mmHg: The most frequently prescribed level, 20-30 mmHg compression socks offer moderate compression and can be used to treat a variety of mild to moderate conditions. This level can provide relief from varicose veins, edema, deep vein thrombosis, and post-sclerotherapy.
ARE THEY DIFFICULT TO PUT ON?
The biggest challenge with compression socks is getting them on. Because they need to be tight to work properly, it can be tricky to pull them into place. Therefore, we've come up with an article and video that shows you the best and easiest way to put on your compression socks.