What are compression socks?
Compression socks are a type of hosiery or sock that are designed to apply pressure to the legs in order to improve blood flow and reduce swelling. They are often worn by people who spend long periods of time on their feet, travelers, as well as by individuals with medical conditions such as varicose veins or deep vein thrombosis. Compression socks are available in a variety of styles and compression levels to suit different needs.
How do compression socks work?
Compression socks work by applying graduated compression to the legs. This means that the level of compression is greatest at the ankle and gradually decreases as it goes up the leg. This helps to push blood and other fluids back up the leg towards the heart, which can reduce swelling, improve circulation, and prevent blood from pooling in the legs.
The compression strength is measured in mmHg (millimeters of mercury) and can range from mild (8-15 mmHg) to moderate (15-20 mmHg) to strong (20-50 mmHg).
Compression socks can also have additional features such as moisture-wicking properties, antimicrobial properties, and reinforced heels and toes to increase durability.
Please note that compression socks should not be worn without consulting with a doctor if you have any underlying medical conditions or if you experience any discomfort while wearing them.
At your appointment, we will conduct a full assessment, measure you for proper fit and let you know which style and compression level are required for your condition.
If you think you may benefit from compression socks, book a consultation with McQuistan Chiropody today!