Compression socks aren’t just for seniors – they’re for everyone. These socks, which are relatively inexpensive and actually quite fashionable nowadays, can help alleviate a lot of pain and swelling.
What Are Compression Socks?
Compression socks improve symptoms of vein disease and can help prevent or lower the risk of venous disorders by:
- Improving venous blood flow
- Preventing venous blood from pooling in the legs
- Decreasing the risk of blood clots
- Reducing swelling in the legs and feet
Compression socks can also:
- Increase energy and activity
- Allow you to return to regular activities of daily living
- Soften fibrotic tissue
- Heal venous ulcers
- Resolve dermatitis
How do Compression Socks Work?
Compression socks work by putting a gentle pressure on the lower leg and foot to help increase blood flow, reduce swelling and fatigue, and soothe achy, tired legs and feet. Over-the-counter compression socks are used by people who require low pressure (10-20 mmHg), and are easier to put on than more traditional medical grade compression garments (like stockings), which range from 20 to 50+ mmHg; these are measured and fitted to match your condition, shape, and size.
Who Can Benefit from Compression Socks?
People with the following symptoms or conditions should consider using compression socks or compression garments:
- Varicose veins
- Spider veins
- Smokers (increased risk of venous disease)
- Venous ulcers
- Deep vein thrombosis
They are also helpful for:
- People who have to stand for long periods of time
- People with a sedentary lifestyle
- People with chronic fatigue
- People who fly or travel a lot
- Post-knee replacement or other surgery
- Recent or past injuries like a broken ankle or sprain if you have ongoing swelling issues
Some athletes even use compression socks to enhance performance, as they increase comfort and function.
If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of compression socks or if you’d like to purchase a pair, book an appointment at a clinic near you and speak to one of our physiotherapists directly. We’re here to help you get well & stay well!