Marathon runners and recreational joggers have been using compression socks for years – but they were not designed just for athletes. Compression therapy is used for a variety of conditions. By using compression socks, you may be able to alleviate pain, travel in comfort and even prevent deadly blood clots.
Why Compression Socks May Be Needed
It is best to consult a professional before buying compression socks. Because there are a variety of different pressure levels and styles, you will need to be fitted for the proper type of compression socks first. Important tell-tale signs that it is time to schedule an appointment include:
- Pain In The Legs – If you experience pain in the legs, especially after standing or sitting for extended periods of time, it may be cause for concern.
- Restless Legs – This can occur day or night, disrupt sleep and even impact your quality of life.
- Swelling – Swelling, after working out or just sitting or standing, can be reduced or eliminated with compression socks.
- Long Recovery Time After Workouts – Whether you run, exercise or just power walk every morning, compression socks can help regulate blood flow within your legs, improve oxygenation, and lead to a quicker recovery post-workout.
- Pain From Traveling – If you frequently travel, especially if you sit on a plane for extended periods, you may need compression socks to help prevent DVT or Deep Vein Thrombosis.
- Burning, Tingling or Numbness – Whether during pregnancy or not, compression socks can help alleviate burning, numbness, tingling associated with varicose or spider veins.
- Discoloration Of The Skin Or Open Sores – Discoloration of the skin or open sores are an indication of possible vein disease; therefore, you may need compression socks.
Why Compression Socks?
Compression socks increase circulation and blood flow in your legs by helping squeeze (gently) the blood up your legs. They can alleviate pain and symptoms associated with vein disease too.
Where To Get Compression Socks
It is best to schedule an appointment with a chiropodist to see if you are a candidate for compression socks. During your examination, your family history will be taken and the chiropodist will assess why you have pain, swelling or restless legs. Then, the proper type of compression socks will be prescribed based on your specific need.