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?
Compressions 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 will 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 also designed to deliver varying degrees of pressure, and that pressure delivery will be 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.
If you have questions about how compression socks can benefit your vascular health, we invite you to schedule a consultation with one of our Houston area vein specialists.