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Answering Your Top 3 Questions About Compression Socks

There is no shortage of wellness-promoting items on the market today — including ones you can wear. And one commonly used wellness item you might find in someone’s closet? Compression socks.

Of course, not everyone knows what these specific socks do or what they’re used for. And even those who do may still be left with lingering questions.

Thus, we’re here today to put an end to three frequent compression sock-related questions:

#1 — Who Should Wear Compression Socks?

Patients who have or are currently dealing with venous disease, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), varicose veins, and deep-vein thrombosis would all benefit from regularly wearing compression socks.

This is because it helps to promote blood circulation to and from the lower extremities, where blood flow is otherwise weakened due to the aforementioned diagnoses.

That being said, vascular patients are not the only ones who could reap the benefit of these socks.

According to Healthgrades, the following individuals may also want to consider using compression socks, particularly if they are traveling:

  • Pregnant women
  • People prone to leg swelling
  • Athletes
  • And more

#2 — Can You Wear Compression Socks All Day?

In many cases, it is okay to wear compression socks all day long.

In fact, “compression sock and stocking manufacturers tend to report that it’s safe to wear their products all day and all night,” Healthline reports. “Your own needs will vary according to your medical history and the reason you’re wearing compression socks.”

Thus, whether or not you as an individual may want to wear them for extended periods of time is dependent upon the recommendations made by your doctor.

Otherwise, according to Cleveland Clinic, if you’re new to wearing compression socks and “you find them uncomfortable as you wear them throughout the day,” that’s entirely normal. You may simply want to start wearing them for short periods of time and gradually work your way up.

#3 — How Do I Know if Compression Socks are Right for Me?

As we said previously, the best person to help you determine whether or not compression socks would be beneficial for you would be your doctor.

Patients with vascular symptoms, in particular, will want to reach out to a qualified professional. Especially if they are experiencing:

  • Leg and ankle swelling
  • Non-healing wounds
  • Discoloration of the skin and/or toenails
  • Leg discomfort or pain that gets worse at rest
  • And more

Thankfully, if you have vascular questions or concerns, you never have to go it alone.

Instead, reach out to Duval Vascular Center today! Not only will you receive industry-leading care in a state-of-the-art outpatient setting with our team but, whatever your needs, your health is our priority.

If you would like to learn more about compression socks or set up a FREE vein screening with our team, please call our office today at 904-518-1398!