If you have tired, achy legs, varicose veins, or even that jumpy leg syndrome that is so annoying when you’re trying to sleep, your doctor might recommend compression socks. Compression socks help improve circulation and are used for a wide variety of both serious and minor issues.
What Are Compression Socks?
Why Should You Wear Compression Socks?
- You at work
- You stand all day at work
- You experience soreness after exercising
- You travel for long stretches at a time
- You’re pregnant
- You’re confined to a wheelchair
Conditions Treated With Compression Socks
The Right Compression Sock For You
- 15-20 mmHg: You can get these over-the-counter. These are good for traveling, athletes and to treat minor aches and pains.
- 20-30 mmHg: These are considered medical-grade class I. They are often used for some surgeries, swelling in pregnant women, and to treat varicose veins.
- 30-40 mmHg: These are medical grade class II. They’re used for DVT, and moderate to severe chronic venouse insufficiency.
- 40-50 mmHg: These are medical grade class III and are only used in cases where there is a severe risk of blood clot. They’re also used for wound management and lymphema.
How to wear compression socks safely
- Redness and temporary dents in the skin
- Skin irritations
Keep Your Compression Socks in Good Shape
- Hand-wash them and hang to dry
- Discard the socks after about 30 wears; they lose their stretchiness.
- Even if it’s recommended that you wear them for long periods, be sure to take your socks off everyday and alternate with clean socks
- Follow instructions from the manufacturer
- Get fitted by a professional