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A Quick Guide to Compression Stockings

Published: September 28, 2018

Last modified: June 22, 2019

Here at Feet First Clinic, one of the most helpful tools that we have for helping people with tired, achy legs is compression socks. While some folks may be dubious that simply wearing magic socks will make any significant difference, we’re here to tell you: compression socks really work. Compression socks have been around since ancient civilization, however, they’ve become more prominent since the 1980’s. In the past few years as athletes (specifically runners), started wearing them to improve performance and recovery time. While we primarily recommend these socks to treat venous and vascular disorders, runners and athletes out there may be interested in this recent trend in the application of compression stockings and socks.

If you suffer from venous or vascular disorders and experience discomfort, numbness and swelling in your feet, we strongly suggest that you speak to your doctor about getting a prescription stating your diagnoses and mercury level (ie. 20-30 mmHg), and then stop by Feet First Clinic for a fitting. Most health plans do in fact cover the cost of compression socks with an MD prescription and the socks typically last six months if worn daily, so you have very little to lose by giving it a shot. In fact, if you suffer from any of the conditions listed below, compression socks could significantly change your life for the better:

  • Tired, aching legs
  • Edema and swollen ankles
  • Varicose veins
  • Spider Veins
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Lymphedema
  • Phlebitis
  • Air travel – long flights
  • Pregnancy
  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Prolonged sitting or standing

Now, if you’re worried about wearing funny looking socks that will have your co-workers laughing at you, fear not. Once we’ve determined the fit that is best for you, you’ll have the opportunity to choose from several styles that are not at all conspicuous. Ultra sheer socks, which are favoured by women, are basically equivalent to regular sheer stockings – with the added benefit of increased blood flow. For those who like a bit of subtle flare, compression socks are also offered in an argyle pattern. For your everyday office sock, however, a straightforward dress sock design with no special detailing is available. Additionally, we offer active wear socks that you can wear playing pickup soccer in the park or at the gym! Thus, you get all the benefits of compression socks without needing to feel self-conscious, no matter what you’re up to.


Sigvaris Argyle Socks


If you’re all set up with compression stockings, but you’re still experiencing knee and back pain that prevents you from walking or jogging, you might also explore the benefits of custom orthotics for arch support and several other issues. Getting the region beneath your knees set up with the proper gear for alignment and health is very affordable relative to other treatments, and it often addresses many issues through the body, since the feet absorb the impact of every step you take.

One final thing to note about compression stockings is that they do have an additional benefit of being moisture wicking to keep your feet dry and cool. They also boast an antibacterial and antifungal fungal finish, so not only will your feet, ankles and calves have superior blood flow, you’ll also stay clean and dry under any circumstances.

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