If a medical professional has recommended that you try compression stockings, don’t worry – you’re not alone. Compression stockings are a very common item used in preventative medicine, simply because they work.
What are compression socks?
Compression socks are a tight, elastic piece of hosiery that is worn just like regular socks. They are specially designed to keep your blood circulating properly, preventing conditions like varicose veins, spider veins, and swelling/aching/pain in the calves and feet. Compression socks are much tighter than regular socks, and they put pressure on your ankles and calves. This pressure compresses the arterial veins on the surface of the leg, which gives the vein valves some extra support to send blood flow back to your heart with nothing to obstruct it.
Why do people wear them?
This miracle footwear can help prevent vein conditions like spider and varicose veins or swelling of the feet and calves. They can also help alleviate conditions that have already begun to develop like swollen ankles, achy legs, pain, fatigue, restless legs and nighttime cramping.
The conditions mentioned can occur for a variety of reasons, including a person’s profession (doctors and nurses are especially prone to foot swelling), or medical conditions including diabetes and heart disease. If this is a new symptom for you, we encourage you to contact your doctor to eliminate anything serious.
When should I use them?
Compression stockings should be put on in the morning, before you get out of bed and put your feet on the floor. This is because when you sleep in a horizontal position, your vein valves are working more efficiently than when you stand. That’s also why many will say that their feet and calves feel great in the morning, and gradually get sore as the day goes on. Putting your compression socks on in the morning keeps everything in the proper position to keep your blood circulation at optimal levels all day long.
If you’re a doctor or nurse, chances are you’ve heard your colleagues talking about compression stockings, so why not give them a try?
If you suffer from swollen feet and ankles, varicose or spider veins, restless legs or any other of the conditions mentioned, give Aldershot Foot Care Clinic and Mobile Services a call. We’re here to make sure your feet and legs are healthy to carry you through your day.
Our Burlington foot care clinic is open and accepting new patients. And if you already have been fitted and know your size, shop online on our website.