The Actual Working Process Of Compression Socks
Are you a runner or a hard-core athlete? If you are, then you might have come across people whom you’ve seen wearing compression sleeves on their arms and legs. You may have thought to yourself “what are those?” “Do they really work?” “What are they called?” you may have also been one of those people who would refer to these compression sleeves and socks as a decorative statement for working out, but surprisingly enough, they actually serve a totally different purpose.
One of the most common pieces of information that people want to know about, when they see other runners and athletes with this, is how they work, and if it is really appropriate to have them on. Before you assume anything, to really understand how these compression socks and sleeves work, it is crucial to know at least a little bit about how the body works, how the blood flows, and how the heart distributes blood throughout the body.
In this article, we will be discussing how these compression socks and sleeves work, the concept behind it, and how it can benefit you and the condition that you have.
What is compression socks for and how do they work?
Firs things first, what are compression socks for? Well, compression socks are specifically designed to apply pressure to your legs, maintain the flow of blood, and reduce any discomfort that you may feel as well as swelling in the lower legs.
These socks may be prescribed to you by your doctor, if you have an ailment that causes poor blood flow to your legs, like lymphedema which causes the tissues in the body to painfully swell up or, a condition like varicose veins which causes enlarged and swollen veins, these are commonly found in the back part of your leg.
This may also be prescribed to you if you just finished a DVT operation or otherwise known as Deep Vein Thrombosis. The compression socks will help prevent post thrombotic syndrome, which causes your calf to swell up and have pain. This is quite common after having a DVT, or it could also prevent you from having to under go another DVT operation.
Second that you need to know, is how do they work? The pressure that comes from these socks help the blood vessels, thus helping your legs work better. The oxygen rich blood that is distributed through the arteries can help your muscles relax and allow blood to flow freely.
It can also help prevent getting tired and achy, as well as ease the swelling in your feet, and ankles, in fact they may even prevent you from feeling dizzy or light headed when you stand up or go for a run. Because the blood keeps moving, it can lessen the possibilities of a blood clot. If a blood clot forms, it can quickly travel and get stuck in dangerous areas like your lungs. Blood clots can also prevent your blood from flowing, which can cause discolored skin, swelling and other serious problems.
Kinds of Compression Socks
There are different kinds of compression socks, but it will be better to consult with your doctor first before buying, because they can recommend something that will fit best with your condition (if you have one). These socks come in different styles, lengths, pressures and colors. But the most common are listed below:
- Knee high compression: these are usually available in many different styles and thickness as mention, but they range from thin ultra sheer pantyhose type material, to thick cushion cotton sock. They also have closed toe and open toe style, which are available in a variety of colors.
- Thigh High compression: these ones are used usually when your doctor requires you have full leg compression for either one or both legs. they come in different fabric options as well, with a variety of colors o choose from. Like the knee high compression socks, these also come with open toe and closed toe styles, and can also have silicone bands which are normally used to minimize slippage.
Who are they for?
There is no limit or specific demographic when it comes to compression socks, but normally, these socks are often used by athletes or people who have severe medical conditions such as:
- People, who spend lots of time on airplanes, like flight attendants or pilots.
- People who are unable to leave their bed due to severe pain or have a hard time moving their legs.
- People who have just gotten out of a serious or minor surgery.
- People whose jobs require them to stand up all day.
- People who are at risk of blood clots.
- People who are at risk of circulation problems like Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), Diabetes, or Varicose Veins.