You could be elderly. You might be a professional athlete. You may be a frequent flyer. Or you might just be on your feet all day.
Whatever the cause, if you’re suffering from tired and aching legs, you might be wondering if compression socks could help to alleviate your symptoms—but what are compression socks and are they really worth the investment?
Let’s take a look at what compression socks are and how they can support your health and well-being.
What Are Compression Socks?
Also referred to as compression stockings, compression socks gently squeeze the legs to support the circulatory and lymphatic systems, helping improve blood circulation, ease swelling and relieve discomfort.
Worn just like normal socks, compression socks apply light pressure to the tissues in the ankles and legs to encourage the blood and fluid in the internal arteries, veins and lymphatic vessels to flow uninhibited.
From below-the-knee calf socks to thigh-high or even open-toe varieties, there are various types of compression socks to suit different tastes and preferences and some wearers may find one type of sock more comfortable than another.
Are Compression Socks Worth the Investment?
With numerous studies having shown the effectiveness of compression socks in the management and treatment of a variety of conditions, in most cases, compression socks are definitely worth the investment.
Compression socks are particularly effective at supporting the proper function of leg veins. They can help to prevent blood clots, inhibit the development and spreading of varicose veins and reduce the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
If you’re diabetic and suffer from foot ulcers, are pregnant and experiencing cramped, swollen or tired legs, or you suffer from Peripheral Edema (Oedema) and are frustrated by swelling caused by fluid retention, compression socks can provide some welcome relief from your symptoms.
While athletes have long known the benefits of wearing compression socks in aiding recovery, compression socks can also be beneficial for casual everyday use. If you travel a lot, your work requires you to be on your feet all day or to sit at a desk for an extended period, or you’re simply tired of sore and aching leg muscles, it’s absolutely worth giving compression socks a try.
What to Look for When Buying Compression Socks?
The most important thing when purchasing compression socks is to select a graduated sock.
Unlike uniform compression socks which apply the same amount of pressure throughout the length of the garment, graduated compression socks are gently tapered to suit the natural contour of the leg. This ensures the optimal amount of pressure is applied along the leg to provide the maximum benefit.
At TXG, our range of premium-quality graduated compression socks have been developed in collaboration with a professional medical team and are manufactured following strict processes to meet the highest quality standards.
Note: The information provided here is for general use and is not intended to act as medical advice. We advise anyone interested in this subject to seek qualified, professional advice.