Whether youre traveling on an international flight that lasts for several hours or you just finished an intense workout that was hard on your legs and feet, compression socks can provide the relief you need for muscle aches and foot pain. Studies suggest that compression socks can help reduce muscle damage and inflammation, especially after a big physical feat like a marathon.

Compression socks place constant pressure on the legs to prevent the accumulation of fluid; the compression is thought to help the blood circulate better which allows more oxygen to get to the tissues,” says Priya Parthasarathy, D.P.M., a podiatrist who practices in Silver Spring, MD and spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA)Many of my runner patients swear by them, stating that they reduce muscle fatigue and soreness, which in turn produces a faster recovery.

Outside of post-workout recovery, women who are pregnant and people with certain health conditions, like those who have diabetes or those who have suffered from deep vein thrombosis (DVT), can also benefit from wearing compression socks to help reduce their risk of developing blood clots and swelling in the feet and legs.

As a podiatric surgeon, Dr. Parthasarathy is on her feet all day, so she likes to wear compression socks underneath her scrubs. I also wore them daily when I was pregnant to prevent varicose and spider veins. They definitely make my feet and legs feel much less tired,” she says. However, she doesnt recommend compression socks for people with certain heart conditions, like congestive heart failure and arterial disease.

How to choose the best compression socks for swelling?

The pressure in compression socks is measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg). Some compression socks have a mild pressure rating between 10 to 20 mmHg or 15 to 20 mmHg, while those on the firmer side have a pressure rating of 20 to 30 mmHg. Generally speaking, compression socks should fit snugly, but they shouldnt be too tight that theyll cut off circulation either.

I usually recommend a lighter compression, like 10 to 15 or 15 to 20, to begin with, and for more moderate to severe swelling, we start to go up in numbers, such as 20 to 30 or 30 to 40, which should be a custom fit and prescribed by a doctor,” Dr. Parthasarathy says. You should always talk to your doctor about what is the best pressure rating for you, especially if you have an underlying condition.

Why use Compression Socks For Swelling?

Compression stockings are specially designed to apply pressure to your lower legs, helping to maintain blood flow and reduce discomfort and swelling. They may be prescribed by your GP if you have a condition that causes poor blood flow in your legs, such as: varicose veins (swollen and enlarged veins)

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