When you imagine compression socks, some unattractive images come to mind. But, these days, there are many styles of compression socks. And, more importantly they support your vein health in a many ways. Let’s take a closer look at the real deal with compression socks.
Who are Compression Socks Designed For?
So many people can benefit from wearing compression socks. People who frequently travel by airplane; pregnant women; people with varicose veins; individuals who must stay on their feet all day for work…even runners looking to boost their performance may be helped by wearing these socks.
For most people, compression socks help improve circulation to fight vascular conditions like lymphedema, varicose veins and/or chronic venous insufficiency. But some athletes choose to wear compression socks, even without experiencing vascular issues, because they can help prevent swelling in the lower limbs. Wearing compression socks can also speed up recover time after a hard training session thanks to the boost they give your blood flow.
How Do Compression Socks Work Their Magic?
Compression socks are made from stretchy, snug fabric designed to squeeze your legs and ankles tightly. That squeezing action works with the muscles in your calves to keep blood pumping out of your lower extremities and back up to your heart, improving blood circulation, and cutting back on pooling blood and potential swelling.
Different styles of socks deliver different pressure—and different results—to your body. They come in different lengths, meaning shorter styles will have less of an impact on your legs. They are deliver varying degrees of pressure, measured in mmHg. If your vein doctor has recommended compression socks, it’s important to sit down and discuss the style, length and mmHg levels that your specific condition requires.
Where Can I Get Compression Socks?
Here’s the good news: compression socks are really easy to get a hold of. You can find them in a number of places: the drug store, our offices (or your primary healthcare providers). Heck, you can even get them online!
Bare in mind that online or in stores, you may not enjoy the widest selection available. Also, the pressure rating may not be sufficient to meet your vein health needs. So, what’s the best way to get what you need out of your stockings? See your vein specialists and score a prescription for compression socks. That way, you’ll be sure that the pair you receive is ideally suited for your specific needs. Plus, with a medical prescription, you may be able to use insurance to cover the cost of your stockings.
Do you have questions about how compression socks can benefit your vascular health? Or how you can obtain a prescription for your compression stockings? Just schedule a consultation with one of our Houston area vein specialists!