Compression socks are basically used for medical treatment of people with poor circulation or other such conditions in their legs. Wearing compression socks has grown over the years with everyone from athletes to pregnant women wearing them. Here are some common reasons to wear compression socks.
Wearing Compression Socks After Surgery
Compression socks are put on after surgery as the likelihood of developing painful, dangerous blood clots in the legs increase after surgery. Or when you need bed rest for any reason. Thus, wearing compression socks help avert these clots. They improve blood flow in the legs thus reduce the risk of clotting while you are not in your usual active self.
During pregnancy, you may develop varicose veins or may be at risk of getting them, so doctors recommend wearing compression socks during pregnancy. Studies show that wearing the socks improves blood flow, reduce swelling, and prevent varicose veins from occurring or getting worse.
Reduce Symptoms Associated With Varicose Veins
The benefits of wearing compression socks for varicose veins goes beyond pregnancy, according to research. Studies done on 356 participants showed many of them felt relieved of their symptoms when they wore the socks—improved blood flow and less swelling.
Help Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
Compression socks help prevent DVT; a growth of blood clot in leg vein or pelvis, which can be quite painful and can result to serious complications, including pulmonary embolism when the clot goes to the lungs. Wearing compression socks help relieve pain and prevent complications for those already with the condition. It is especially important that you wear the socks while travelling for long periods of time in a car or airplane where DVT is more likely to occur.
Provides Relief against Post-Thrombotic Syndrome (PTS)
PTS is a complication arising from DVT characterized by a discomfort and pain in the arm or leg that stays after you’ve had DVT. Compression socks provide relief against PTS symptoms, even helping you get back into your daily activities.
Relieves Against Swelling in the Leg
Various conditions cause swelling of the leg, including kidney disease, heart failure, and pregnancy—conditions that result in detainment of body fluids leading to leg swelling. Wearing compression socks is a simple remedy that helps relieve leg swelling symptoms.
Improve Athletic Performance
Compression socks help improve athletic performance and prevent injuries while running, that’s why we see more and more athletes wearing them these days.
Towson Medical has full time fitters in our stores to measure and order compression socks based on your doctor’s orders.