If you’re on your feet all day, are pregnant, diabetic, sporty, fly a lot, or have varicose veins or leg swelling, then compression stockings might be the simple solution to prevent further issues.
Compression stockings or socks are a garment that applies firm, yet gentle pressure over the lower legs, whole legs or even up over the hips to the waist, depending on the style. The pressure of compression stockings improves blood flow, reduces leg pain and prevents blood clots from forming in the legs. But how do compression stockings work? And are they effective? Read on to find out.
What are the benefits of compression socks?
Compression socks relieve and prevent the symptoms of several issues in the lower legs, such as:
- Venous insufficiency
- Oedema (swelling)
- DVT (deep vein thrombosis)
- Varicose veins
- Other disorders that result from the above conditions, such as ulcers
They are also commonly used by people who stand for long hours during the day, sports people who want to improve blood flow, and during pregnancy to help with swelling and relieve blood flow issues caused by compression of the major veins in the pelvis. Compression stockings can be used by any age group and can be used entirely as a preventative measure.
How do compression stockings work and are they truly effective?
We can explain how compression socks work in two ways:
How do compression socks work for pain and oedema?
The gentle pressure exerted on the legs and inner tissues by compression stockings reduces excess fluid leakage from capillaries, while simultaneously increasing absorption of tissue fluid by the lymphatic vessels and capillaries. This reduces and prevents swelling, as well as associated pain.
How do compression socks work for blood flow issues?
The pressure reduces superficial veins expanding and filling with blood. By decreasing vein expansion, the blood is forced to flow upwards, rather than pooling or flowing backwards.
This compression function is backed by science and clinical evidence, so you can be sure that it’s an effective, safe and comfortable method for the relief and prevention of various conditions, when fitted correctly.
Why is graduated compression important?
When buying compression stockings, it’s important to buy brands that feature medical-grade graduated compression. This means the base of the socks apply a greater pressure to your legs than the top, and this is what helps to push the fluid and blood upwards towards your heart.
For example, a moderate compression level of 15-20mmHg means that the pressure at the ankle is 20mmHg, whereas this gradually decreases to 15mmHg at the top. All of the products at TXG Socks have graduated compression and not only are they more effective than uniform compression socks, but also safer, as there’s less risk of peripheral nerve damage and impaired blood flow.
How long does it take for compression socks to work?
Some minor issues – such as pain from varicose veins – are often resolved immediately upon wearing compression stockings. Other conditions may take longer, with swelling usually resolving within a couple of days and visible vein reduction taking up to six weeks. There’s no time like the present to start enjoying some relief though, so contact us online or call us on 1800 455 994 if you have any questions about the compression garment that’s best for your needs.
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.