The Who, What, When, Where, and Why of Compression Socks
Unlike traditional dress or sports socks, compression garments are intended to enhance blood circulation to the legs by applying graduated pressure (from the ankle upward) to the lower extremities.
Who would benefit from compression socks? Those with medical conditions such as varicose veins, peripheral edema, venous insufficiency and lymphedema will all benefit from compression garments. Additionally, people whose job mandates standing for prolonged periods of time and athletes should consider trying compression to ease leg discomfort.
What makes compression socks different from regular hosiery? A.K.A. support hose or gradient stockings, these garments are designed to alleviate the feeling of heaviness in the lower legs and greatly reduce swelling. By increasing oxygen delivery to the lower extremities the legs feel less fatigued.
When should they be worn? Make these socks a part of your daily wardrobe. It is important that they have the right compression for your particular need. Always check with your health care provider prior to extended use. Additionally, in order to ensure optimum efficacy, replace the socks two-three times a year.
Why do they help? Compression socks are designed to increase the blood flow in the legs. A gentle squeezing effect that helps push the blood back up the leg to reduce,or lessen, swelling. The pressure on the leg results in increased blood flow to the heart and causes less pooling in the feet and ankles