If you’re a nurse working long shifts, you’ll likely be able to count the amount of times you can actually sit down and rest your tired legs on one hand. In such a demanding role caring for the needs of sick patients, there may even be days when you don’t get to sit down at all.
While you may spend time putting compression socks on those patients who are going to be spending some time in the hospital, did you know that they are also beneficial for yourself to wear?
DVT is not just a threat to patients
Patients who are bed ridden for periods of time are now given compression socks to wear to decrease the risk of thrombosis. But it’s not just the patients that are at risk. Standing up for long periods of time means that it is possible to develop DVT if you aren’t moving around or taking breaks. This is very likely possible for an operating theatre nurse who can be on her feet for eight hours or more.
Assist your circulation
When you’re on your feet all day, your circulation gets put under pressure, and developing chronic circulation problems is a risk that you need to consider. Circulation problems can be connected to both joint issues and arthritis, so decreasing your chances of this happening is in your best interests.
When you wear compression socks, your blood is encouraged to flow back up through your veins rather than pooling in your feet or lower legs, and therefore eliminating circulation problems.
Decrease your risk of venous conditions
Varicose and spider veins can occur when spending a long time on your feet due to the pressure that your veins are under. Wearing compression socks helps to alleviate this pressure and reduce these problems.
Reduce swelling in your feet and legs
If you’ve ever found that your feet or ankles are a puffy after a long shift, wearing compression socks is one way to fix oedema. This makes it more comfortable to walk and relax when you get home.
What kind of socks are best?
There is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to compression socks so finding the right option for your individual situation is key. If you suffer from diabetes or are currently pregnant, then your needs will be different from those of your colleagues. To get the best advice, speak to your doctor about their recommendation for the correct pressure rating.
You will also need to measure your feet and lower legs correctly to ensure that you get the right size, as socks that are too loose or too tight will not give you any benefits.
Interested in trying compression socks for the first time?
At TXG Socks, we have a great selection of socks for workers who are on their feet all day, nurses included. Feel free to check out our range and give us a call on 0800 894 769 if we can assist you in any way.
Please note: The information provided here is for general information only and is not intended to act as medical advice. We advise anyone interested in this subject to seek qualified, professional advice.