August 19, 2015 in Staying Active & Healthy
Many people either find themselves asking, “Should I be wearing compression socks?” or have no idea that compression socks could benefit them. If you suffer from various leg and foot issues (such as swelling, varicose veins, Peripheral edema, and many other common diseases), or are on your feet for long periods at a time, then compression socks may be the right fit for you!
Benefits of Compression Socks
Compression socks are often overlooked for use; however, the benefits they provide for individuals such as athletes, travelers, nurses, factory workers, or those in sales are endless.
For example, compression socks offer:
- Prevention of varicose veins
- Improved blood flow and reduced risk of blood clots
- Reduction in fatigue and pain
- Better circulation
- Decreased swelling of ankles and feet
- General coolness to legs
We highly recommend compression socks to the following 3 groups of people in both the younger and older generations:
- Nurses and other workers who are on their feet all day – When spending so much time on your feet throughout the day, the constant standing can cause you to experience traumatic leg and foot pain, even after your shift is over. Over time, this can lead to the development of unattractive varicose veins and/or spider veins. We advise wearing compression socks as early as possible in order to prevent problems in the future.
- Travelers – Sitting in a car and/or plane for long period of time when traveling can make you extremely uncomfortable, and even cause blood clots to form in your legs because of the lack of movement. If you are traveling for 8 to 10 hours at a time and there aren’t many chances to pull off the road and walk around, blood clots could form and have devastating medical consequences.
- Athletes – We all know that athletes push themselves as hard as they can, often resulting in a great deal of fatigue on their muscles. As a result of this, lactic acid can build up in the muscles, causing excessive soreness. Compression socks can help increase blood flow and bring fresh oxygen to the muscles, offering a much quicker muscle recovery after games or practice. Compression socks also have the ability to help prevent shin splints.
Nurses, athletes, and travelers are just three groups who can benefit from wearing compression socks–to help keep their legs healthy, pain-free, and even stylish, thanks to the various new patterns that are offered!