Are Compression Socks Worth the Hype?

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I’m sure you’ve heard of compression socks. Maybe you think they’re only for runners, the elderly, or those with medical conditions. But that’s not true. Compression socks can provide benefits to anyone who wears them-as long as they are worn correctly.

Compression socks are available over the counter for the minimal levels of pressure. For those who require more pressure, prescription strength compression socks are available, but they need to be fitted to the wearer by a professional. According to vein specialist, Dr. Kenneth Harper, benefits of compression socks include:

  • Assists tired muscles
  • Warmth while running
  • Enables quicker recovery after a long run, hike, or day spent on the feet
  • Increases blood flow
  • Assists with deep vein thrombosis
  • Aids in Economy Class Syndrome (caused by long flights)
  • Improving spider veins

These are just a few of the benefits that compression socks can bring to the wearer. As stated at damianhowellpt.com, the additional pressure added to the legs from the compression socks is beneficial, yet allows the wearer to have a full range of motion. This combination  is attractive for everyday use, and is most often used for conditions such as:

  • Varicose Veins
  • Swelling of legs and/or feet
  • Poor circulation

Who Should Wear Compression Socks?

You should consider wearing compression socks if you are suffering from any of the conditions above, but also if:

  • You are pregnant - especially in the later months of pregnancy
  • Running long distances such as marathons
  • Travelling on long flights
  • You are a nurse; wearing compression socks are hugely popular in the nursing profession due to the constant standing.

Nurses are increasing their use of compression socks to receive the many benefits they provide. Since nurses are on their feet all day, they can be prone to the symptoms of venous insufficiency and venous pooling, among several other health concerns that can arise. According to corewellnesscentre.ca, nurses can improve, and even avoid, their symptoms by using compression socks every day. The best compression socks for nurses ensure reduced leg fatigue, swelling and risk of developing varicose veins.

It’s no surprise that compression technology significantly helps the wearer. If you have a pre-existing condition needing attention, or you’re interested in preventing a potential condition from happening, compression socks are the way to go. Ultimately,  whether you are a nurse in need of a little extra TLC for your legs or an avid runner, you can truly benefit from wearing compression socks.

Bio: Laura is the Editor of Compression Info, which provides information about the benefits of wearing compression garments.

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