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What Do Compression Socks Do?

Compression socks are used quite frequently for many different reasons. Some athletes wear compression socks to help stabilize their muscles while diabetics and heart patients wear them to increase healthy blood flow and circulation. In summation, compression socks do a great job of increasing proper blood flow and in preventing serious conditions such as a blood clot or excessive amounts of pooling blood in lower extremities. 

What Are Compression Socks?


You’ve probably seen compression socks before. They’re the typically white, tight fitting, breathable socks that are usually pulled up close to the knee. Graduated compression or pressure stockings are tighter around your ankle and get looser as they move up your leg. Compression sleeves are just the tube part, without the foot. You can purchase some over-the-counter compression socks but they may not be as durable as ones prescribed by your doctor.


Who Uses Compression Socks?


  • People with or at risk for circulation problems, like DVT, varicose veins, or diabetes.
  • People who’ve just had some kind of surgery.
  • Those who can’t leave their bed or have a hard time moving their legs.
  • People who stand all day at work without having time to sit down.
  • Athletes.
  • Pregnant women.
  • People who spend long stretches of time on airplanes, like pilots or even truck drivers.


How Can Compression Socks Help Me?


Compression stockings/socks can prevent your legs from getting tired and achy especially if you’re standing for long periods of time. They can also ease swelling in your feet and ankles, as well as help to prevent and treat spider and mild varicose veins.


Because the blood keeps moving, it’s harder for it to pool in your veins and make a clot. If one forms and breaks free, it can travel with your blood and get stuck somewhere dangerous, like your lungs. Clots also make it harder for blood to flow around them, and that can cause swelling, discolored skin, and other problems.


If you think that compression socks might help you, or if you have questions about circulation and proper blood flow, give my office a call. Spider veins and varicose veins are often treated with compression socks during at least some of the treatment period. You might be surprised about how much relief they can give you.