Compression therapy, which is a therapy that exerts pressure on the limbs with elastic materials to prevent or treat diseases of the venolymphatic system, has been used for centuries to alleviate leg pains. Warriors in the Neolithic period bandaged their legs after battles, for example. As time went by, different methods of compression therapy were invented as a treatment for issues like varicose veins and prevention of blood clots.
Although compression socks have are widely used by a variety of people such as nurses, runners, athletes and travelers, there are also medical uses for them. In this article, we’ll talk about some of the most common issues compressions socks can help treat! However, please note that if you are using compression socks for medical treatments, you should always consult your physician first.
Compression socks are commonly recommended when one or more of the following conditions are present:
- Tired Legs
- Chronic Venous Insufficiency
- Varicose Veins
- Spider Veins (Mild Varicosities)
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
- Venous Thromboembolism
- Economy Class Syndrome (ECS)
- Bed-Ridden Patients
How Do Compression Socks Help With These Conditions?
Knee high compression stockings create a significantly greater pressure around the legs, ankles and feet than regular socks. By compressing the veins, arteries and muscles, the blood flows through narrower channels, increasing the arterial pressure, which causes more blood to return to the heart. This means there is a lesser chance of blood pooling in the feet.
Increased circulation also means that the blood flowing through our body gets oxygenized and cleaned faster, as blood containing waste from our limbs gets pushed back up to the heart.
Compression socks also help prevent the formation of blood clots in the lower legs, and help with treatment of ulcers in the area.
For people who spend a lot of time in the same position, like bed-ridden patients, compression socks prevent venous stasis and swelling, relieving heavy and aching legs. Hospitals commonly use compression socks for post-op treatment and other mild medical conditions.
When Should I Not Use Compression Socks?
Although compression socks can be worn by most people, especially those of us who spend a lot of time sitting down or up on our feet, there are some medical conditions where they are not recommended. Please consult with your doctor first if you have doubts or suffer from any of these (or other) medical conditions: uncontrolled congestive heart failure, untreated septic phlebitis of the leg, phlegmasia cerulea dolens, ischemia of the legs, sensory problems, peripheral neuropathy, etc. (Please note that this is only a guideline and it’s not intended to be a full list of conditions that are contraindicated to wearing compression socks. If you have any medical condition, you should consult with your doctor first).
Why Should I Use Go2 Compression Socks?
Besides helping you treat your medical condition, Go2 Compression Socks will make you feel as great on the outside as you will on the inside. Using compression socks for medical purposes doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice fashion. We have a wide variety of models and patters for you to confidently show off how great you feel and look!