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Why Wear Compression Socks or Stockings

sitting for hours without moving could be affecting your health

Sitting for hours without moving could be affecting your health

More and more people are working on computers these days, sitting for hours without moving. Others are standing for a prolonged periods of time. Both situations have the potential to create leg health problems.

Compression socks and stockings aren’t just for people with existing issues, older people, bedridden hospital patients or athletes, they can also be used as a preventative measure.

Compression stockings and socks keep your legs healthier for longer. Reduce discomfort and swelling in the legs feet and ankles from sitting at a desk or standing up all day. Feel energised by the increase blood flow back to the heart and improved circulation.

How do compression socks and stockings work?

Compression socks compress the feet, ankles, calves, and shins reducing the diameter of the veins which reduces vein pressure, improves the circulation of the valves in the veins and arteries and provides greater support in the walls of the veins. The flow of blood to the heart is drastically improved.

Compression stockings not only push blood back to the heart but help reduce inflammation in the lowest portion of the body by recirculation.

What are the conditions that can be prevented, reduced or delayed by wearing compression socks and stockings?

Tired swollen legs, leg pain, swollen ankles, tingling or itching feet and legs, spider veins, varicose veins, open sores, chronic venous insufficiency leading to ulcers and open sores in the lower legs, skin discoloration in the lower legs, DVT, Pulmonary Thrombosis poor circulation.
If it is good enough for the medical industry and elite athletes (marathon runners) who have effectively been using medical compression socks and stockings for years it makes good sense to consider wearing compression socks yourself.

Compression socks for men - flights for business or pleasure

We’ve formulated 9 reasons why you can benefit from wearing compression stockings and socks

1. Compression socks are ideal for people who stand all day in their job
Compression stockings reduce tired, swollen lower legs for those standing all day as they improve circulation, preventing fluid build up and energise lower legs and feet. Making it more comfortable for people in jobs where they are required to stand for long periods of time. Hairdressers, nurses, factory and retail workers, teachers, dentists and flight attendants can benefit greatly by using compression legwear.

2. Compression socks can prevent varicose and spider veins
Compression stockings and socks improve circulation in the legs, increasing blood flow back to the heart instead of remaining pooled in veins of your legs helping to prevent or slow down the progress of varicose veins and spider veins.

3. Great looking healthier legs for longer
Signs of aging or acute health issues include varicose veins, spider veins and leg ulcers. Skin discolouration in the lower legs can also devlop as we age, this is caused by bad circulation. Compression socks and stockings help keep the blood pumping and those legs and feet looking younger for longer.

4. Improve sporting endurance
The muscles work hard during exercise and produce a waste product called lactic acid which can build up in the legs making them tired and sore. Compression socks improve circulation, preventing this build up allowing you to continue your workout for longer.

5. Faster post work out recovery
After exercising muscles can be swollen and inflamed due to an intense work out. Wearing compression socks means reduced swelling and inflammation leading to a faster recovery.

6. Reduced swelling and build up of fluids in the lower legs
Many women wear compression stockings during pregnancy due to swollen legs and feet. Did you also know that people suffering from diabetes can benefit from wearing compression socks/stockings to provide relief from swollen feet? In fact, compression socks and stockings can also be helpful to persons suffering from edema in the legs -improved circulation and ability for compression stockings to prevent blood pooling in the lower legs and feet reduceds the swelling.

7. Decreases the risk of blood clots and DVT
Planning on travelling? If you are on a bus, plane, train, in a car sitting for long periods of time  reduce therisk of developing deep vein thrombosis in the legs by wearing compression socks. You will have a more comfortable flight too as your legs won't be tired and heavy at the end of the flight.

Many people prefer using knee-high socks intially as they are the easiest and most comfortable to wear. See our sizing guide to find out your size which is very important. Too tight and they will be uncomfortable to wear and too loose will mean that you are not getting the adquate compression and will not get the relief and support you need.