Compression socks aim to increase blood flow. They are used by athletes, including runners and basketball players, in order to support their muscles and prevent muscle damage. After physical activity, the extra blood and lymph circulation helps muscles recover faster, which means they won’t be as sore and their muscles won’t cramp as much as they would without compression socks/sleeves. Compression socks and sleeves come in a variety of lengths for different parts of the body. They also have different levels of pressure, which are measured in mmHg.
Who Are They For?
- Individuals who are at risk for poor blood circulation such as varicose veins or diabetes
- People who just got surgery
- Pregnant women
- Those who have difficulty moving their legs
What Kind of Compression Socks are Available to Me?
There are three main kinds of compression socks:
Support pantyhose: These provide the least amount of pressure.
Compression Socks and Stockings: There are a wide variety of pressures available at drugstores, pharmacies and online retailers. These will offer more support than pantyhose.
Prescription Compression Stockings: These will have the most amount of pressure. They are fitted by a specialist to ensure that they are providing ample support, without affecting the patient’s circulation
What Are They For?
Standing for long periods of time
If you stand for long periods of time, whether it be at work or at home, you should consider using compression socks. The calf muscles are often referred to as another heart, as they act as a pump during movement and pressurize veins in your legs, which allows blood to circulate back to your heart.
If you are suffering from edema, compression socks are a great solution as they squeeze the ankles, feet, and lower legs to prevent the build-up of fluid in the tissues.
Varicose veins are veins that have become visibly enlarged and twisted. If you have suffered from varicose veins, you understand the frustration of dealing with itching, swelling, and fatigue. Properly designed and fitted compression socks relieve the symptoms of varicose veins by promoting blood circulation from the legs back to your heart.
Travelling and Blood Clots
Prolonged sitting while travelling can increase your chances of developing blood clots. Compression socks work as a preventative measure and will keep your legs feeling great when you arrive at your destination.
You should wear your compression socks when you’re out and about. You don’t have to wear them to bed, but it is recommended that they are put on when you wake up, before starting your day. If you wait until later in the day to put them on, blood will have already begun to pool in your legs, making your symptoms worse.
If you are in the market for compression socks, come into Trinity Home Medical. We offer a wide range of medical supplies in addition to professional services such as compression stocking fittings. We have a knowledgeable staff who are committed to providing expert advice.