We’ve briefly touched on the importance of compression therapy and how it relates to runners, but let’s get into the importance of compression hosiery for everyone. Many people understand that compression socks are usually reserved for those with varicose veins, however there are many other conditions that can benefit from the use of compression.
Medical Conditions requiring the use of compression socks:
- Spider Veins
- Edeme (Swelling)
- Deep Vein Thrombosis
- Leg Ulcers
What is gradient compression?
Compression socks work by keeping circulation moving. Because our legs and feet are furthest away from the heart, our veins have to work against gravity to bring fluid back to the heart. Veins can malfunction and become damaged for various reasons and unable to bring the fluid back. The gradient in a compression sock there to push the fluid back towards the heart. It does this through “gradient” compression. Compression socks are usually more compressive around the ankle and it gradually decreases further up the leg. Meaning, a sock has 20-30mmHg (measurement of pressure) has 30mmHg in the ankle that would decrease to 20mmHg once we get to the calf. The higher the measurement of pressure, the more compressive the sock will be. Those with specific medical conditions are often prescribed the appropriate amount needed.
Can Anyone Where Compression Socks?
Compression sock aren’t only for those with a medical condition. If you stand for prolonged periods of time or sit for prolonged periods of time, these socks are for you. If you’ve heard of travel socks for plane rides, then you’ve already been introduced to compression socks at a lower compression level. These socks function the same as a medical grade sock; improving circulation. When blood can circulate properly, that means our muscles and other areas of the body can receive more oxygen. Your legs won’t feel as tired and achey after a long work shift or plane ride, and it can reduce muscle soreness after a leisure walk or run. It can even help with mild swelling in the foot and ankles.
If you have ever thought about compression therapy, it would be wise to speak to health professional to see if it would be a good option for you.
Call us for more information (647) 201-6255