COMPRESSION SOCKS ARE AN UNDER-UTILIZED OPTION
posted: Sep. 08, 2023.
Compression socks (or compression stockings) are socks of various length and tightness that are designed to gently squeeze legs a bit more than typical socks. “The key intention is to promote better blood circulation in the legs,” explains Georgeanne Botek, DPM. “It’s a very practical and common thing. But at the same time, it’s a very under-utilized option.”
|Dr. Georgeanne Botek|
Compression socks work most notably to help with venous problems of the legs. “Nearly 90% of leg disorders originate within the veins,” says Dr. Botek. Besides venous insufficiency, Dr. Botek says that another common reason for wearing compression socks is to aid in blood flow when you’re sitting for long periods of time, like on a long flight. With less movement and weaker circulation, there’s more pooling and retention of blood in the legs, which can raise chances of clots.
Source: Cleveland Clinic Health Essentials [8/17/23]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News