29 Jun Benefits and Uses of Compression Wear
How Do Compression Socks Work?
If you suffer from chronic pain in your legs or feet, your doctor may have suggested compression socks or stockings. These socks are useful for many people, including those who work on their feet all day and those recovering from a foot injury. What are they, and how do they work?
What Are Compression Socks?
Compression socks are made from a soft, stretchable fabric that allows them to fit closely to the body without constricting movement or feeling tight. The compression applies gentle, regular pressure to the muscles to increase blood flow, improve circulation, and reduce pain. You can buy compression socks online or in stores. Your podiatrist can recommend brands that work for your condition.
Conditions You Can Treat with Compression Socks
Compression socks won’t cure any illness on their own, but they can help reduce the symptoms of many diseases. As part of an overall management plan, they can make you feel better and avoid further complications.
Edema: Compression is one of the best ways to reduce swelling in the legs and feet. Edema has many causes, including:
• Leg injury
• Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) pain relievers
• Hormone therapy
• Sedentary lifestyle
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT): This dangerous condition happens when blood can’t flow easily from your feet to the rest of your body. The blood pools in the lower limbs and forms a dangerous blood clot. DVT can be fatal, and it is more likely to affect people who don’t move their legs for prolonged periods. It can strike if you:
• Regularly take long flights
• Sit at a desk for many hours without taking breaks to move around
• Must rest your limbs after surgery
• Are overweight or prone to circulation problems
Varicose veins: Varicose veins are unsightly, and they can be dangerous. These enlarged, swollen, dark-colored veins are common among people who spend many hours a day on their feet. The inability to rest or change position causes the vein walls to weaken. Symptoms of varicose veins can include:
• Dull ache
• Itchy skin
• Blood clots
Lymphedema: Lymphedema is a chronic condition that causes excess fluid to build up in the tissues. It can lead to:
• Decreased flexibility
• Suppressed immune function
The most common cause of lymphedema is the treatment for breast cancer. Wearing compression socks is one of the best ways to manage this condition.
Are There Any Dangers to Wearing Compression Socks?
These socks are safe and don’t have any side effects. The only possible danger is wearing socks that are too tight. The socks should fit snugly but not tightly. They should feel comfortable and allow a full range of motion.
You should consult your doctor about wearing them if you have certain chronic conditions, including:
• Arterial disease
• Heart failure
• Swelling all over your body
• Skin infections
We Can Recommend Soothing Socks
At Shuman Podiatry & Sports Medicine, we’ve helped many people choose compression socks that help them manage pain and avoid dangerous complications. If you’re interested in wearing compression socks, talk to us. We can decide if they’re right for your condition and recommend the right ones. Call us today with all your foot-related questions.