Individuals who experience swelling, varicose veins, or achiness in the legs, ankles, calves, or feet can often obtain temporary relief by wearing compression stockings or socks. It's important to treat these symptoms not just to alleviate the discomfort you are experiencing, but also because poor circulation can produce more serious problems with a higher level of pain attached to them. Wearing compression hosiery can minimize the discomfort you currently feel by improving circulation in the legs, ankles, and feet.
Advantages of Wearing Compression Hosiery
Perhaps the most important advantage of choosing to wear compression stockings or socks is that you are going to feel better. At first, you may only notice that your legs, ankles, or feet feel less achy than usual. Next, you may discover that your lower extremities feel less tired, a feeling that eventually extends to your entire body. You may begin to feel younger as you reclaim the energy level you used to have.
Medically, however, compression hosiery is designed to alleviate the swelling created by poor circulation. Compression socks and stockings exert pressure on the ankles, feet, calves, and legs, causing your blood vessels to open up wider. As they do so, blood circulation improves within the ankles, feet, calves, and legs, alleviating swelling and heaviness in your lower extremities.
Ideally, you may want to obtain a recommendation from your personal physician prior to buying compression hosiery. Conditions that may require the inclusion of compression socks or stockings along with other recommendations include congestive heart failure, diabetes, and varicose veins. This style of hosiery is also recommended after surgery, particularly for individuals who have an existing risk of getting blood clots in the legs. You should not wear compression hosiery if you have not obtained permission to do so from your physician.
Differences in Types of Compression Hosiery
Several manufacturers focus on the creation of compression stockings and socks. However, despite obvious variations in colors and patterns, the main differences in types of compression hosiery involve length, width, fabric, and level of pressure exerted on the legs, feet, ankles, and calves. Compression socks are designed to fit directly above the ankle, above the calf, and over the knee. You do need to be careful when choosing your width since the benefit of this style of hosiery comes from its ability to exert pressure on the lower extremities. If you purchase the stockings or socks in too wide of a width, you won't receive the same level of relief from pain and swelling.
If you are new to the world of compression socks and stockings, you may want to learn a few tips that can make it easier to put on this style of hosiery. Make sure that your legs and feet are completely dry. Never put lotion on your feet or legs before you put on your stockings. However, a light dusting of powder can actually make it easier to put your socks or stockings on one at a time.
If you are ready to reclaim an active lifestyle, try something from the current selection of compression socks, stockings, and hosiery at Anaheim Medical Supplies. If you don't know quite what to purchase, give us a call and one of our knowledgeable employees can assist you with your selection. If you'd like to learn more about any item, please read the information listed on the product page. It is important to swap out your compression stockings and socks for new ones at least every three months, sooner if you notice they are losing their ability to exert pressure on your ankles, feet, and legs.