Compression socks apply consistent pressure to the lower legs to help encourage blood flow, reduce swelling and alleviate discomfort associated with swelling in the lower extremities including feet, ankles and lower legs. They are usually prescribed by medical professionals for a range of reasons including recent surgery, edema or injury. They are also worn by professional athletes or anyone who stands for long periods of time and may experience these types of symptoms.
What Are The Benefits of Wearing Compression Socks?
A study conducted at the National Institutes of Health indicated that the use of compression socks showed an improvement in patients who were suffering from pain and swelling in their lower extremities. It also indicated that their level of activity increased after wearing them consistently suggesting that the added relief was helpful to the everyday living.
How Do I Know What To Purchase?
Compression socks are available for purchase on our Amazon store. Ask your medical which socks can help you.
When Do I Wear Compression Socks?
Patients have seen the greatest benefits when wearing them during the day. You can wear them for regular use, times of high activity or if you find yourself on a long flight where altitude or dehydration may cause swelling. Use of compression socks is not recommended for night use unless the patient had recent surgery. Wearing compression socks at night can unnecessarily restrict blood flow to the lower leg.
How Can I Help Relieve My Symptoms While Wearing My Compression Socks?
Experts recommend continuing with regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight. Limiting your salt intake can also have a positive effect. Take time during your day to elevate your feet and take regular breaks from standing and sitting and try to refrain from sitting with your legs crossed. If you have a job that requires you to stand or sit for extended periods of time, take time to sit or walk to help with proper circulation.
Compression socks can provide wonderful relief from pain and swelling. Contact us for more information on how you can Return2Fitness faster.