Nov 15, 2018
WHY WEAR COMPRESSION SOCKS?
Many people still believe that compression socks are only for the elderly or people with medical conditions. While in reality just about anyone, no matter age or lifestyle, can benefit from wearing compression socks as long as they are worn correctly.
In recent years compression socks has transitioned from mainly being used in medical treatments to a must have for nurses, travelers, athletes, and everything in between!
No more of Grandma’s ugly and uncomfortable compression hose. New fabrics and designs have transformed the compression sock market and compression socks now come in a world of colors and styles.
Now you might be asking yourself, “why should I wear compression socks?” or “what are compression socks?”. We will be discussing and answering those questions throughout this article.
WHAT ARE COMPRESSION SOCKS USED FOR?
Let’s briefly touch on the basic on how blood flows through our body and how compression socks can play a part in that.
The heart is a large muscular organ which continuously is pumping oxygen-rich blood to your brain, muscles, and limbs through your arteries.
Once the nutrients and oxygen is used up by the cells, the deoxygenated blood and waste products are channeled into the veins, and returned to the heart.
After the deoxygenated blood returns to the heart and once again is oxygenated by the lungs, it starts all over again.
So, what are compression socks used for, and how do they come into play in all this?
Simply put, the more oxygen your cells get, the better they function.
Compression socks are used to help blood circulate more efficiently through the legs, which then gets blood back to your heart faster. The faster the blood is flowing, the better the circulation allowing for more oxygen to your cells.
WHAT ARE COMPRESSION SOCKS?
Compression socks are engineered to help control swelling in the feet, ankles and lower legs. By squeezing the lower extremities, compression socks prevent or reduce the buildup of fluid in the tissue and help with the pain and discomfort often accompanied by the swelling.
Compression socks are used to help prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT) from occurring because the pressure created by the socks stop blood from pooling and clotting. The pressure allows the blood to flow freely from the legs to the heart.
Compression socks can help prevent the backup of blood flow that can cause varicose veins in the feet and legs. Although compression socks may not always prevent varicose veins from forming, they can delay their onset or make them less pronounced.
When there isn’t enough blood flowing to your legs, pain and discomfort can happen. Compression socks helps by applying pressure to the affected area and improve blood distribution.
While compression socks aren’t a cure-it-all, they do help with very common problems we all at some point in time will experience. Taking care of your legs from early on may save you trouble in the future.
So, why should you wear compression socks? Because if you support your legs, they’ll support you!
All content found on the Rocca Sock Website, including text, images, and videos, but not limited to, were created for informational purpose only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.