September 16, 2019

The Benefits of Compression Socks

General, Healthy Living, Leg / Vein Health

Say goodbye to painful swelling, achy feet and so much more when you wear compression socks! Whether you are training for a serious athletic event or just want to feel better in your daily life, compression socks can help.

What are Compression Socks?

Compression socks are designed to boost healthy blood flow to your feet and back to your heart. When you put a strain on your muscles and tendons, they start to rip in microscopic tears. To recover, your heart pumps blood to those muscles to promote the healing of those muscles and tendons. The oxygenated blood then gives the tissue what it needs to grow back stronger than it was before.

If your blood flow is restricted in any way, you prolong the recovery and increase the uncomfortable soreness you feel after a workout. That’s why stretching is encouraged after a workout — to get blood flowing back to your exhausted muscles. Compression socks help promote that recovery, too!

How Do Compression Socks Work?

Your ankles, wrists and feet are all problem areas for restricted blood flow. Compression socks work by putting pressure on the areas of your body that tend to pool blood during high-intensity training sessions or long days on your feet. The socks gently squeeze the area to prevent the blood from staying stagnant in your arteries and veins, aiding in overall circulation.

Health Benefits

Good circulation is one of the most important aspects of your health. While compression socks can help your muscles recover after a long training session, they can also prevent dangerous clotting and painful swelling. Because the compression socks keep your blood moving throughout your body, it’s more difficult for it to pool and form a clot.

Beauty Benefits

While the health benefits are undeniable, compression socks also offer cosmetic benefits and can help with the appearance of varicose veins. Varicose veins are those bugling, blue veins that can show up on your legs, causing uncomfortable swelling and pain. Thankfully, compression socks can help reduce the appearance and swelling of varicose veins by promoting quick and healthy blood flow.

Whether you are at risk for deep vein thrombosis, or just feel like your legs are a bit heavy and achy, compression socks might help. Depending on your need, you can consider wearing them all day long (though you should take them off before bed) or just for a few hours at a time. Talk to your doctor before making them a part of your health care routine.

Am I a Candidate?

Determine if you are at risk for developing or already have symptoms for venous disease.