Compression Socks – Everyone is Wearing Them

If you have circulation problems it’s likely that your doctor has recommended that you wear compression socks.

However, these days a lot of other people including avid runners and other athletes recognize the health benefits of compression socks.

Compression socks are engineered to produce graduated pressure on the lower leg and foot. This gentle pressure causes surface veins to narrow and arterial pressure to increase, improving blood flow through the lower leg and foot.

The modern compression sock was invented during the 1950’s by mechanical engineer Conrad Jobst who suffered from lower extremity venous insufficiency. Jobst noticed that his legs felt better when he was in a swimming pool. He put two and two together and designed an elastic stocking that would simulate the hydrostatic pressure in a pool.

Compression socks have long been recognized as an important aid in the treatment of varicose and spider veins, and in the prevention of circulatory problems such as edema, phlebitis, and blood clots. Compression socks can also prevent skin ulcers on the legs and speed the healing of ulcers after they have formed. They are now routinely recommended for travellers who have either had, or are at risk of developing deep vein thrombosis if they will be sitting on an airplane or in a car for more than three hours.

If you wear compression socks, it’s important that you wear them properly and that they fit correctly. They should be put on first thing in the morning, preferably before you get out of bed when your legs and feet are less swollen. They are meant to be worn all day, and taken off at bedtime unless you have been told to do otherwise by your doctor or nurse.

Compression socks have become very popular and trendy among distance runners who claim that they improve oxygen delivery to working muscles, decrease lactic acid build up, and prevent muscle cramping and fatigue. However, it should be noted that to date there’s no conclusive evidence that compression socks improve athletic performance.

If you have questions about compression socks including their proper fit and the correct way to wear and care for them, contact Medicine Shoppe Sunridge at 403.291.0076

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