Everything You Need to Know About Compression Socks

Compression socks are no longer the ugly stockings your grandma used to wear. With big brands such as Amazon and Lululemon jumping on the compression sock trend it’s no wonder you’re hearing about more and more people wearing them. So what do you need to know about wearing compression socks? And how do you choose socks that are going to be not only stylish but also beneficial to your health? Don’t worry, we have you covered for Compression Socks in Calgary.

What are compression socks?

Compression socks are not your average foot garment. Compression socks are specially made to gently squeeze around your legs. The intention of this is to promote blood flow and better circulation in the legs. This is especially important if you stand or sit all day, as blood can tend to pool around your ankles and lower legs causing tired and achy legs as well as spider veins. 

Should I be wearing them?

Compression socks are intended to promote healthy circulation in anyone with a job that requires sitting or standing for long periods of time, travellers or even athletes! Anyone can benefit from wearing compression products to help with overall well-being.

Aren’t all compression socks the same?

Not at all! Some socks may be marketed as compression socks but are actually “support stockings” which exert passive resistance to swelling, while compression stockings apply active pressure on the veins of the leg to promote circulation. Other socks are not graduated compression socks, meaning the pressure is not distributed up your leg and instead focussed on one area. It is important to understand that while modern compression socks have come a long way in fashion and comfort, they are still a medical device! Medical compression garments are produced under strict medical and technical specifications.

If you’re choosing to wear compression socks not just for looks but for the added health benefit, speak with one of our pharmacy team members. We can help you find the perfect pair to make you look and feel good! Our pharmacy is your go-to for Compression Socks in Calgary.

Different pairs of compression socks hanging off of a chair,
Photo by Jisu Han on Unsplash

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