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Compression Socks 101: Everything You Need to Know
What Are Compression Socks?
Only the best thing to happen to your feet and legs, but we may be a little biased! Compression socks (or compression stockings as they’re sometimes referred to in medical circles) are kind of like socks on steroids, but in the best way. Tighter at the foot and ankle and looser at the top, these socks use graduation to gently massage your muscles to help keep the blood from pooling in your feet. So you could call them anti-gravity socks, or maybe just the superheroes of the sock world!
How Do Compression Socks Work?
The easy answer is that compression socks help push the blood back up your leg. If you want to get a little more technical than that, here are the details.
Compression socks use a system of graduated pressure measured in millimeters of Mercury, or mmHg. The higher the number, the stronger the compression. The compression is tightest at the toe, foot or ankle and decreases to a looser fit up the length of the sock. The pressure caused by this graduation reduces the size of veins, which amazingly enough, allows more blood to travel through them. The blood flows more easily up toward the heart and doesn’t get stuck in superficial veins. This gives you a better supply and flow of oxygenated blood and can reduce swelling and pain and help prevent blood clots.
What are the Benefits of Compression Socks?
The benefits abound, but some of the most useful and practical benefits include things that are important to everyone, like pain relief, an energized step, and reduction of swelling. Compression socks are also great for:
- Preventing blood from pooling in the legs
- Supporting vein health
- Decreasing the chances of blood clots and deep vein thrombosis, or DVT
- Helping recover from varicose veins
- Relieving joint pain
- Aiding in recovery after surgery
- Recovering after training, sport competitions, or events
- Revitalizing legs during long periods of standing or sitting
Who Wears Compression Socks?
Anyone who wants to feel better! Compression socks are great for anyone who works long hours sitting or standing, especially airline pilots and personnel, nurses and medical professionals, teachers, retail workers, salon and beauty professionals, or drivers and construction workers.
But it’s not just a great idea to wear compression socks while you’re working. They can benefit an array of people and situations during everyday wear, too.
- Athletes like runners, soccer players, basketball players, cyclists and tennis players can aid performance and recovery
- Pregnant women can help reduce swelling
- Travelers can avoid leg pain and swelling from long hours on a plane or in a vehicle
- Post-surgery patients can increase blood circulation and help prevent blood clots
- People with various health conditions such as varicose veins can help relieve pain
Why Sockwell Compression Socks?
Because Sockwell cares about kindness, support and style. At Sockwell, we use the finest Merino wool sourced right here from America. Our Merino, Lambswool and Alpaca blends are the ultimate in performance fiber, wicking away sweat to keep your foot and your shoes dry. Our blends also naturally help prevent bacteria growth, keeping your feet healthy. This helps prevent blisters, control odors, and regulate temperature for a great experience all-around.
We don’t believe in ugly socks, either. In addition to our commitment to sustainability, we design our socks with your fashion sense in mind. Gorgeous patterns and captivating colors combine with a wonderful fit to keep you looking and feeling your best whenever you slip into your Sockwell socks. Whether you want a kicky crew sock, a sexy anklet or a knock-out knee high, we’ve got you covered! See why Sockwell compression socks are your ticket to comfort and style today!