Compression socks have become a common type of DIY health support, but how do you know if you should wear them? Keep reading to learn more about this easy form of compression therapy and its benefits.
7. What Are Compression Socks?
Usually made of knit fabric like nylon and spandex, compression socks are stretchy and meant to be tight-fitting around the feet, ankles, and calves. Their purpose is to squeeze (compress) this area to combat conditions like swelling and inflammation from poor blood flow.
Compression socks come in a variety of styles and strengths. Often a doctor will prescribe them, but low-level compression socks are widely available without a prescription from many clothing retailers and medical supply stores.
Compression sleeves are alternatives to compression socks that can be worn on the legs but aren’t made to cover the feet.
6. Support for Venous Insufficiency and Other Conditions
Swelling in the legs and feet could be caused by pooling blood. This can happen when leg veins aren’t sufficiently pumping blood to the heart, a condition referred to as venous insufficiency. The squeezing action of compression socks can help veins get that pooled blood moving again.
Compression could also bring some relief to people with varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis (a blood clot in deep veins, often in the legs), and to people with diabetes suffering from poor blood circulation. Diabetes nerve damage could also benefit from compression sock stimulation.