Compression socks (or stockings) are therapeutic apparel that is worn for long periods of time to help blood circulate throughout the legs to prevent blood clots. While it seems like anyone could benefit from wearing compression socks, not everyone needs to wear them. On the other hand, there are certain conditions, risk factors and even professions that may mean that you should consider wearing compression socks.
While compression socks can be worn by just about anyone and won’t cause complications, it’s important to know who could truly benefit from this special footwear. Here are some factors that may determine whether compression socks are right for you:
Are you a frequent flier who spends many hours sitting on a plane? Do you work for an airline as a pilot or flight attendant? If so, then compression stockings may be essential for healthy legs and feet. After all, long flights can put a lot of strain on your body in ways that you may not even notice. Even a four-hour flight is enough to cause blood to pool in the legs, resulting in stiffness and swelling. This can happen to everyone, not just elderly fliers. Besides getting up every half hour to stretch your legs and get the blood circulating, it’s also a good idea to have a reliable pair of compression stockings handy.
We are all aware of the changes in hormones that occur during pregnancy. These hormonal changes also affect the health and function of your veins. While wearing compression stockings may reduce your chances of developing unsightly and potentially painful spider and varicose veins, the most important part of wearing these socks is that it can also prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Since DVT is one of the most common complications of pregnancy it’s important that you talk to your foot doctor about whether compression stockings are a good option for you during your pregnancy.
Prolonged Bed Rest
Whether you are recovering from a serious surgery or you are dealing with a high-risk pregnancy, there are many reasons why someone may be required to stay in bed for several months. Since you won’t be moving around enough for blood to properly flow and circulate to all areas of your body, it’s important that you consider wearing compression stockings during this time. Not only can it prevent a blood clot from forming but it can also ease cramping and other uncomfortable symptoms.
If you have questions about compression socks and whether they can benefit you then it’s time you turned to a foot specialist who can help answer your questions and make sure your feet are getting the proper day-to-day care they need to stay healthy.