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Compression Sock FAQ

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Modern compression socks were invented by Conrad Jobst, a dashing German engineer who lived in Toledo, Ohio, and suffered from varicose veins. He also developed precision gun sights for the U.S. during the First World War and patented the car sunroof, but compression socks, which he invented around 1950, were his flagship achievement. On paper, there’s not much to them: they’re very tight socks. Tightest near the ankle, but still pretty tight up top. They work by countering hydrostatic pressure in the wearer’s legs—that is, the bulging of the veins and tissues caused by fluid that’s been pulled down to the extremities and can’t get up.

Compression stockings — sometimes referred to as pressure socks — gently squeeze your legs in a way that helps promote blood flow from the legs back toward the heart. Thigh or waist-high stockings help reduce pooling of blood in the legs and help prevent lightheadedness or falling when you stand up (orthostatic hypotension). Stockings that rise to just below the knee help limit lower leg swelling due to fluid buildup. They may also help prevent venous ulcers and can prevent the development of blood clots in the leg — especially if used after surgery or when you may be inactive for a while. In addition, compression stockings can help lessen the pain caused by varicose veins. 

Compression stockings with a small amount of compression are sold without a prescription. Stronger compression stockings are prescribed by your care provider with certain specifications — such as strength of compression and length of stocking — based on the condition being treated. There are also a number of personal preference features, such as having a closed or open toe and stocking color, as well as numerous brands from which to choose.

20-30 mmHg of graduated compression can increase blood flow through the circulatory system, reduce leg pain and recovery time for sore muscles, prevent swelling, blood clots and varicose veins. These socks are great for frequent travelers, teachers, expecting moms, office workers, athletes and more!

FEATURES

  • Unisex fit - designed for both men and women
  • 20-30 mmHg graduated compression for moderate everyday support
  • Knee-high contoured fit provides shape and support for tired legs
  • Relaxed toe pocket for extra comfort
  • Low profile toe seam reduces irritation
  • Cushioned toe and heel for added comfort and durability

 

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