Compression Socks Are For Everyone

Posted: July 31, 2017 | Revised: June 27, 2018

Knee high compression socks or calf sleeves are becoming increasingly popular among athletes, walkers and runners, travelers and even moms. If you have participated in or attended any athletic events lately, you have probably noticed that many participants are wearing socks or sleeves and you may wonder why.

Medical grade compression stockings improve blood flow by helping the calf muscle pump more effectively. These stockings have been used for years with patients after surgery, to treat leg swelling and for varicose and spider veins.  These stockings help those with venous and lymphatic disease by reducing pain, inflammation and swelling. 

For athletes, sports compression socks can lessen muscle pain and improve recovery after exercise. This pain occurs for as number of reasons, including lactic acid build-up and electrolyte depletion, etc.

For travelers or those who sit or stand for long periods, prolonged sitting or standing can lead to heavy legs, leg pain and swollen feet and ankles. Compression socks can increase your comfort level and also reduce your risk for more serious conditions such as phlebitis and thrombosis (blood clot).

Pregnant women sometimes suffer from leg swelling, spider veins and varicose veins but compression stockings can actually reduce these non-so-fun pregnancy side effects. As the baby and uterus grow, more pressure is put on your leg veins while the blood supply in those veins increases. Compression socks reduce this pressure by pushing blood up your leg.

The good news is that compression socks and sleeves are available in a variety of colors and styles from Indiana Vein Specialists.

Whether you need dress socks, panty hose or sports socks, we can fit you properly. Be aware that over-the-counter and mail order stockings and sleeves do not generally have the same strength and efficacy of medical grade stockings.

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