If you have never worn compression socks before, it’s likely you may not have needed them! However, the need for compression in your lower legs and feet may arise when you least expect it. Regardless of your activity levels, your medical needs and/or how often you travel by air, compression stockings and socks could help to ease regular aches and pains.
In this short guide, we’ll take a look at the benefits of compression socks, and how they may apply to you.
Active People with Aches and Pains
Are you always on the go? It’s a common myth that only people who sit for long periods need help with compression. While fluid and blood can build up in the lower legs and feet during long periods of inactivity, active people are just as likely to benefit from compression stockings. But why is this?
- People who are regularly active will likely experience some form of aching or fatigue.
- Compression socks, therefore, can help to ease fatigue by gently massaging legs and feet.
- This helps to promote blood to flow healthily throughout your body.
- There are compression socks available which can be worn throughout sport and exercise, too.
- Plenty of active people suffer from restless legs or struggle to get back on their feet again after long periods of strenuous activity. These people may benefit from wearing compression socks on a regular basis.
People with Existing Medical Conditions
Compression stockings and socks are widely recommended for pregnant women and for those who may be suffering from diabetes. During pregnancy, extra pressure is put on your body to produce fluid –which means that it can collect in your lower extremities. Diabetics, too, are at risk of swollen feet and calves and are particularly at risk of developing painful ulcers.
Anyone at risk oedema (swelling) or DVT (deep vein thrombosis) as a result of any medical condition or situation should wear compression socks regularly. They can help to reduce swelling, friction and cramping.What’s more, they can ensure fluid and blood are both redistributed elsewhere in the body.
People Suffering with Their Legs
You don’t have to fit into any of the above categories to benefit from compression socks!
- Do you struggle with heavy, tired legs?
- Have you noticed visual veins on your legs and ankles?
- Do you already suffer from varicose veins or skin discolouration?
All of the above may occur as a result of reduced blood flow. Therefore, regardless of whether you are active or sedentary, compression socks can help to relieve some of the symptoms of leg swelling and oedema and can ensure that your blood returns to flow as normal.
Want to Know More?
If you’re interested in trying compression socks for the first time, help can always be at hand. Why not take a look at TXG’s comprehensive guide to stockings and socks, or our online store catalogue? Alternatively, you can always call 0800 894 769 for assistance from our team.
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.