Compression socks help promote healthy circulation by applying controlled external pressure to the vessels near the skin, gently moving blood and lymphatic fluid towards the heart. This helps to reinforce the pumping action of the calf muscles and strengthen the amount and speed of circulation back to the heart.
Compression socks and hosiery are manufactured under strict medical and technical specifications, including consistency and durability, to provide a specific level of ankle pressure and graduation of compression. The fabric is made with resistance and the ability to withstand stretching.
Compression socks and hosiery are generally safe to wear, with relatively few complications.
The most critical parts of these compression garments are at the ankle and calf areas, where they squeeze the hardest (100% compression). The amount of compression is graded and decreases as the socks travel up the legs.
i) For symptomatic relief E.g. to help relieve tired, achy fatigued legs
ii) To reduce minor ankle and leg swelling related to varicose veins, spider veins, venous insufficiencies
iii) For anti-embolism purposes, to be worn while traveling long distances such as in a plane or car
Who should get them?
Compression socks may benefit you if:
- Have had an episode of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVP)
- Travel long distances in a plane or car for work or leisure
- Stand or sit for many hours a day at work, easily experience heavy, aching and/or tired legs and are developing swollen feet, ankles or legs
- Have poor circulation or varicose veins or spider veins
- Have a family history of venous leg disorders
- Are a runner or active in sports.