Compression socks are becoming more noticeable on the athletic scene. You may have seen them being used by those at the Olympics or by athletes at your local gym. While they are beneficial for pro-athletes, they also have several benefits for men and women alike, in all walks of life.

Pregnancy

Expecting mothers often experience swelling in their legs due to higher blood volumes in their body and a change in hormones. Swelling can result in aching and discomfort with day-to-day tasks and can become more noticeable in the third trimester.

Compression socks are a safe way (for both mom and baby) to reduce swelling. Medical grade compression socks can be worn at work, home and throughout the evening. It is always recommended that this be discussed with a doctor before making any purchases.

Travel

A common suggestion people hear before taking an extended flight or train ride is to make sure they get up and walk around during their travels to increase blood flow. Wearing compression socks on the way to your destination is essentially that same suggestion.

When you’re seated for a long period of time, there is a disruption in circulation. This can cause swelling and potentially blood clots, also known as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Compression socks increase circulation when you’re seated for extended periods of time and will make sure you get to your destination safely and comfortably.

Aesthetics

What if you were told that there was a way to prevent or reduce the appearance of varicose veins and spider veins that isn’t painful and invasive. Interested? Compression stockings are the way to go! As we age, our veins can become weak, making it difficult to transport blood. This backup of blood (blockage) is what causes the appearance of bulging veins. The compression in the socks opens up these passages and allows the blood to move more smoothly.

While they are medical grade, they still look good! Compression socks are snug and comfortable and look like regular stockings, making it very easy to wear them throughout the day and evening.

Exercise

Want to recover quicker, reduce soreness and feel less fatigued during your run or weight lifting regime? Compression socks is the answer. Compression, which as you now know, increases blood flow and allows deoxygenated blood to reach the heart quicker. By doing this, it encourages the muscles to recover faster as more oxygenated blood reaches them sooner. This increased blood flow also allows the body to rid of lactic acid (a waste product that contributes to soreness) much faster. As well, compression stabilizes your muscles and reduces muscular vibration. Stabilization of the muscles decreases fatigue and gives you more muscle power for your workout!

Interested in purchasing compression socks?

Please consult with a medical doctor before contacting a certified compression fitter for a fitting. A certified fitter can then confirm you are wearing the proper size and compression intensity for what you need.