compression socks and stockings

“I think my grandmother has a pair. They’re beige right?”

“I’ve heard that nurses wear them.”

“I had a pair from the local drug store, they didn’t make much of a difference”

“I’m too young to wear compression socks!”

5 Benefits of Wearing Compression Socks

  1. Improve venous blood flow
  2. Prevent venous blood from pooling in the legs
  3. Decrease the risk of blood clots
  4. Lessen leg/ankle swelling
  5. Improve symptoms of vein disease

What is compression?

Compression socks promote the venous blood flow from the feet back toward the heart overcoming the effects of gravity. Medical grade graduated compression is designed to be stronger in the feet and gradually diminishes in pressure as it extends up the calf into the thigh. There are many benefits to compression socks and stockings that are properly designed and fitted including; prevention of venous blood pooling in the legs and feet, improvement of leg symptoms, and a decrease in the risk of blood clots.

Different designs, different colors, different lifestyles.

New fabric designs have revolutionized compression. Compression socks now come in a variety of colors and styles including sheer fabric, different flesh tones, open-toe and closed-toe styles, knee high, thigh high, and panty hose.

Of course compression is often used for diagnosed varicose veins, spider veins and/or swollen ankles, but prophylactic use, along with exercise and healthy weight management will help reduce the chances of being dependent on compression in your later years.

Some doctors recommend wearing compression even if you have no signs or symptoms of varicose or spider veins.

Bauerfeind, the expert in compression, has also developed a Training and Sport line.

Calf length socks have become a standard accessory fitness trend on the race course from 5ks to ultra-marathons. Post-exercise compression socks have been shown to improve recovery and counteract delayed-onset muscle soreness. Wearing lower limb garments such as these will keep your legs warm while you wait for the starting gun. Although they won’t actually make you faster, they have been shown to aid in recovery and help preserve power during endurance training so you can sprint to the finish.

Feel free to visit the Bauerfeind website and explore your compression options.

Our bracing specialists at all of our Arthritis and Injury Care locations have compression training and will be happy to fit you for your compression needs.

Contact us today to begin your journey to wellness!

Written By:
Emilie Sullivan, Certified Orthopedic Bracing Specialist & Sales Consultant
Arthritis & Injury Care Centre

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