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Who Can Benefit from Compression Socks?

Who Can Benefit from Compression Socks?

The real answer is: everyone

Whether you are standing all day at work, sitting all day at work, walking, running, flying, or at the  gym, or even sleeping in them to help with nighttime recovery from a day’s activities; compression socks increase the circulation in your legs.  This benefits everyone.


How do they work?

The important qualifier here is that they work if they are TRUE graduated compression socks.  

Graduated compression will help get nutrient depleted/ oxygen deprived blood out of your legs and back to your heart to get re-oxygenated blood to your leg up to 30% faster than without the compression.  Our arteries have a muscular inner wall which contracts or dilates to control flow to the leg. When there is external pressure on the arteries from venous congestion which is caused by prolonged standing or running or sitting, there is decreased flow to the leg muscles.  This decreased flow causes fatigue and decreased exercise performance.  The graduated compression of the socks varies the compression as you move up the leg decreasing the venous congestion and improving arterial flow.


Improved circulation

Improving circulation in our lower legs means we are increasing the oxygenated blood to the areas, which helps with cramping, shin splints, Achilles issues, plantar fasciitis.  For those who aren’t in athletic activities it can help prevent spider veins, varicose veins, achy legs, and improving circulation even while sitting.  When we sit for over an hour, depending on leg position, we can hinder our circulation by up to 60% in extreme cases!


No matter what level of activity, from couch potato to ultra marathon runner, everyone could benefit from the improved circulation that occurs when wearing true compression socks.

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What you should know before you buy Compression Socks


The overall compression is important.  Too little compression and they are ineffective.  Too much compression and they are difficult or impossible to get on.  This is more of a problem as we get older and have more flexibility and strength problems.  The compression socks have to be at least above the calf of the leg.  There are also little tricks to putting them on; such as, rolling the sock down to the heel then putting your foot in the sock with your toes all the way in and the heel over your heel and finally rolling the top of the sock up the leg.

There are a lot of “compression” socks on the market, most are not approved by the FDA, which means manufacturers can slap the word compression on a sock and hope the public confuses their product with a true graduated compression sock.  Let the buyer beware.  Therefore, it is important to get reliable information before making a purchase. We would suggest you make your purchase at a store that has knowledgeable staff and carries high quality socks.


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