Reasons Why You Might Need To Wear Compression Socks

Many people need compression socks for various reasons. Are you interested in them, or maybe concerned that you may need them? If so, read on to find out more. In this article we are going to explain the reasons for needing compression socks and when you might use them.

What Are They?

Compression socks, also sometimes referred to as compression stockings or leggings, are not your ordinary socks. They are designed specifically to be extra tight around the lower leg to create compression in the limb, hence the name! You wear them just like normal socks, and many look like regular socks, but with this one key difference. Compression stockings, just like regular socks or leggings, will come in all shapes and sizes to fit each individual who uses them. They also come in a variety of colors and designs, so if your legs are on show, you can look great in them! 

Choosing The Right Pair For You

There are a lot of manufacturers out there currently making and selling compression socks. Not all compression socks are the same, so this list will give you an overview of what is available on the market. There are many things to consider before choosing your pair, such as how tight they are, how far up your calf they go, as well as your preferred look. These subtle differences between brands and styles mean there is a lot to look out for. If you are using compression socks for a medical reason, be sure to check that you are purchasing the right pair for you.

Compression socks, also sometimes referred to as compression stockings or leggings, are not your ordinary socks. They are designed specifically to be extra tight around the lower leg to create compression in the limb, hence the name! You wear them just like normal socks, and many look like regular socks, but with this one key difference. Compression stockings, just like regular socks or leggings, will come in all shapes and sizes to fit each individual who uses them. They also come in a variety of colors and designs, so if your legs are on show, you can look great in them! 

Why You Might Need Them

For the most part, people wear compression socks to aid circulation. The compression caused by them helps your blood vessels work better, which has a knock-on effect on how easily your arteries flow deeper inside your leg. Better flowing blood equals more oxygen flowing into your muscles and feet, and back to your heart. But in what situations is this really necessary? 

Sports

Quite obviously, sportspeople may use compression stockings to aid circulation. If you are doing sports such as football or basketball, which require lots of explosive energy in your muscles, better blood flow can only be useful. Other athletes, such as sprinters, hurdlers, and long jumpers, may use them for the same reason. Consider buying a pair to aid your training!

Risk Of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis)

Certain medical conditions can put you at a higher risk of DVT. Deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot that has collected in your vein. These are dangerous as they can restrict blood flow and can lead to pain or swelling in your legs. In more severe cases, they can lead to a pulmonary embolism, which is a severe medical condition. If your doctor suggests you are at risk of clots, you should wear compression socks. So, in theory, they could save your life!

Comfort

Believe it or not, some people wear them just for comfort. These folks find the compression in the legs comforting during a long active day, as the socks provide a sensation similar to a massage or hug! Maybe you find your legs restless at your desk or aching during a long day waiting tables. If so, give these a try and see if they can help! 

Post Surgery

Some leg and vascular operations could lead to future forming of blood clots. So, just as mentioned above, compression stockings can help prevent this. Even some general surgery procedures can cause clotting, and you might need to wear compression stockings. Your surgeon or doctor will tell you whether they are recommended and how long to wear them for.

When To Wear Them

While sports professionals wear them during training and competition, that’s not the rule for all! Most people who wear them due to the risk of blood clots will need to wear them at specific times. Your doctor will explain when you should be wearing them. If it is not 24/7 recommended by your doctor, then the general rule is to consider wearing them during prolonged periods of sitting or inactivity. This could include during travel (you see compression socks a lot on long flights) while sleeping, or while sitting at your desk for 9 hours. Again, make sure you check with your health professional what’s appropriate for you!

Hopefully, here we have explained to you most of the things that you need to consider when purchasing or thinking about wearing compression socks. They’re there to help you, your blood flow and your muscles, but may also provide a little bit of extra comfort for your legs during a long day, or help you run faster! Find some that are suitable for your needs and get to wear them!

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