5. Post-Surgery Compression
It’s common for doctors to recommend compression socks after surgery to prevent the formation of blood clots. You would likely wear compression garments in the hospital post-surgery, as well as during recovery at home.
The risk of blood clots after surgery in the hips, abdomen, legs, and knees can be higher than with other procedures. You could also be at higher risk of blood clots if your surgery requires more than 90 minutes of general anesthesia. People who will be sedentary during surgery recovery also benefit from the aid of compression socks for blood clot prevention.
4. Support for Athletes
Compression socks are widely used by athletes during and after physical activity. Increased blood flow through the veins and more oxygen flow to the muscles are just two ways compression therapy supports an athlete’s strength and endurance.
Tendons can require extra protection for certain athletes when their physical activity involves high-cardio work. Runners and cyclists can easily overuse their tendons, too. For those athletes with tendon pain and inflammation, compression socks can decrease these symptoms while supporting tendons as they heal.
3. Compression Socks for Work and Travel
Have you ever taken a long flight that resulted in swollen feet? Or had a long workday of standing that caused your ankles to puff up twice their size? The lack of stretching and varied activity can take its toll on your veins, causing blood to pool in your feet and ankles. Wearing compression socks can help keep your circulation flowing during work and travel.
You may need to experiment with the level of compression before finding socks that promote circulation but don’t make you uncomfortable all day.