When you hear the phrase compression stockings, the first images that come to your mind are probably ones of your grandmothers and other elderly women wearing big thick socks under their tights, socks that don’t look good and certainly don’t look comfortable! That might be how it was a few years ago, but times have changed, and compression socks aren’t just something for the old and infirm anymore! Ask yourself the question would you benefit from wearing compression stockings and then read on for the answer.
1. What Are They?
So, what actually ARE compression stockings and socks? Put simply, they are a special type of sock that works to put pressure against your legs as you wear them. The highest pressure is at the angle and the lowest at the thigh, and this design creates pressure that pushes upwards to get the blood flowing back towards the heart. The aim is to make sure that your circulation is as healthy as possible to avoid things like bloating, swelling, spider veins, varicose veins, and overall unsightly swelling.