How to Choose and Use Compression Socks

Updated on July 13, 2020

Compression Socks

Compression Socks are specially designed with features like tight-fitting and elastic socks that gently squeeze your legs. They fit snugly on the ankle and loosen when moving up the leg. Compression sleeves are just part of the tube without legs.

You can buy them without a doctor’s prescription, but if you buy them after consulting your doctor, you can claim the cost to your insurance company. These are easily available at any medical store or you can also buy them online. Their cost varies from 10 dollars to 100 dollars depending upon the type you choose. 

Sports players use compression Socks because they are very comfortable and protects against serious injuries. Compression Socks help to improve the blood flow of your body. They also protect your legs from getting swallow and lessen the pain. They minimize the chance of DVT (deep vein thrombosis) that is like a blood clot and other blood circulation issues in your body. 

Compression Socks are available in various sizes and strengths. When it comes to choosing a perfect pair of compression Socks, you must consult your doctor, he will tell you that which pair will be perfect for you.

Who can use them?

  • Pregnant woman: There is a tendency to swelling of the lower extremities and expansion of the veins. To slow down the harmful changes, women are recommended to use compression Socks, Socks, or tights of the 1st compression class. 
  • A person who got surgery: Compression Socks are needed to maintain the correct position of the internal organs, to ensure optimal blood circulation and lymph outflow, and comfortable rehabilitation.
  • Athletes: Compression Socks contribute to the rapid recovery of the body after intense physical exertion.
  • People having blood circulation problems like varicose veins, DVT, or Diabetes.
  • People who are facing problems in moving their legs and can’t get off the bed.
  • People who do a job that requires him to stand up all day.
  • People who spend more time in traveling on airplanes or buses like pilots or drivers.

Purpose of Compressing Sock

Compression medical Socks are actively used after the diagnosis of diseases of the vascular system of the lower extremities. Dressings or Socks create pressure on different parts of the body.

As the laundry compresses the enlarged veins, stagnant blood is pushed out and advances through the bloodstream. The lower the affected area is, the greater efforts are required for a full outflow of blood.

The compression incorporated in the medical knitwear provides an effect that resembles a load during muscle movement.

Regular use of crushing golf and Sock provides:

  • Normalization of blood flow.
  • Decreased puffiness.
  • Prevention of pathological dilatation of veins.
  • Decreased feeling of heaviness and fatigue in the limbs.

These Socks create pressure on your legs that helps to improve the working of your blood vessels. It helps in relaxing the arteries, that take oxygenated blood to your body muscles, and makes a smooth blood flow. Then veins receive a push that returns blood to the heart.

These Socks can protect your legs from fatigue and pain. They can also give you relief from swelling on the feet and ankles. They can help, protect, and treat arachnoid and varicose veins. When you get up, they will not make you feel dizzy. 

Many athletes like basketball players, runners, and triathletes used to wear compression socks and sleeves. The reason behind this is that during the activity these Socks help them to make their blood flow better. Good blood flow will provide oxygen to their muscles and the support will save the tissues from harm. 

Types of Compression Socks

Like all other knitwear products, compression Socks also come in different sizes. 

They serve to provide a pressing effect on different parts of the human body and differ in shape and area for wearing. Tights and Socks fit legs and end at the waist. 

Manufacturers produce different types of compression Socks depending on the composition. The fabric may contain a different percentage of lycra, microfiber, elastic cotton, and nylon fiber.

If you are using the, for DVT, the length must be below the knee. They are available with different pressure levels.

By appointment, compression Socks are divided into:

  • Preventive, which has a small degree of compression. Products are commercially available and can be used at the first appearance of spider veins.
  • Therapeutic, helping with exacerbation of venous diseases. Products are purchased as directed by a doctor.
  • Hospital (anti-embolic), used in hospitals after surgery.

How to use Compression Socks

While wearing stocks, avoid bunching, make them lie flat to make them comfortable. They should not be very long and don’t try to fold their ends because it will make them very tight and uncomfortable. 

If you are wearing compression stocks on your doctor’s prescription, then you may need to wear them all the time otherwise you can take them off while taking a shower. Feel free to wear slippers, socks, and shoes over them. You must consult your doctor about how long you have to wear them. 

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