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The Various Uses of Compression Socks

The Various Uses of Compression Socks

Compression socks can improve and prevent many different health conditions. These specialized socks gently apply pressure to your legs and ankles, improving blood flow from your legs to your heart as well as reducing swelling and pain. You should wear your compression socks all day and take them off at night before bed. You can also wear them for a few hours at a time if all day is not an option based on conversations with your doctor. Below, we are sharing different uses for compression socks. 


Being able to stand up and walk around is limited on a plane. There is also limited space for you to stretch. Wearing compression socks during your flight promotes blood circulation, which is necessary to prevent swelling. 

Senior Use 

Compression socks help seniors stay active and prevent health problems, such as leg swelling and even blood clots. 


As your uterus grows, it places more pressure on your veins. Specific hormones in your body make you more susceptible to blood clots, which can lead to a condition like deep vein thrombosis. Compression socks can prevent blood clots or blood pooling and reduce aches and pains throughout your pregnancy. 

Sitting for Extended Periods of Time 

If you're sitting at home or at a desk all day, compression socks can help prevent problems. You don't need to wear them all the time, but keeping them on for a few hours while you sit can help diminish problems in your circulatory system.  

Standing for Long Periods of Time 

Being on your feet all day puts a 20% greater strain on the circulatory system and on the legs and feet, which can lead to fatigue and soreness. Compression socks alleviate achiness and heaviness, energize legs, and help to prevent swelling. 


After surgery, there is a higher chance for clotting to occur. Compression socks help lower that risk so the patient can heal safely within the hospital or at home over an extended period of time. 

If you are having concerns about your blood flow, it is important to speak to your primary care provider. Your provider can evaluate your circulation and refer you to a vascular specialist if needed. Check out our compression stockings on our website if you are in need of a new pair.