For many people, varicose or spider veins line their legs, making them feel they are unable to wear shorts or skirts. These irregular veins can be damaging to your self-esteem and come with painful physical symptoms as well. Compression socks may not be your first fashion choice but they offer major relief from the symptoms of varicose and spider veins. What is the difference between spider veins and varicose veins? Varicose veins are enlarged veins that often appear to be bulging out of a person’s legs. They can be green, blue or red and are usually about 3 mm or larger. Varicose veins are more than a cosmetic issue as they can cause fatigue, swelling, burning, itching and even cramps in the legs. Spider veins appear closer to the skin’s surface and are smaller than varicose veins (about 1 mm). They are generally blue, red or purple in colour. What…

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In recent years, there has been a great deal of research into the effectiveness of compression socks. But many runners are unaware of what compression socks can be used for and overlook the potential benefits they offer. Compression socks are no longer just being used in the medical world. Evidence now shows that runners can experience a number of benefits from the use of compression socks, too. The following are six reasons runners should consider wearing compression socks. Improve Circulation…

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For those of us who sit in front of a computer all day, or for those who suffer from insufficient blood flow from legs to the heart—the effects of which range from leg swelling and varicose veins, to the more serious problem of phlebitis and thrombosis—compression socks can be a real life-saver. This elastic type of hosiery improves blood circulation by squeezing the leg at the ankle and delivering a gradually reduced tightening up the leg. This graduated squeezing helps…

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Compression stockings are a useful way to improve the blood circulation in your legs. These special stockings will gently squeeze them, allowing blood to move freely up your limbs. But pregnant women often wonder whether it’s safe to wear compression stockings during pregnancy. Many of them worry that wearing such tight clothing is unhealthy during pregnancy. Luckily this is an unnecessary concern, according to doctors who have researched the subject. There are several benefits to wearing compression stockings, making it…

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Compression socks – also called compression stockings – are a medical garment used to improve blood flow in your legs. They’re a specially designed sock running from your feet up to your knees, but can be full length. Compression socks are meant to help improve or prevent problems with venous circulation in the legs. These problems develop when the valves that transport blood don’t work properly. The valves allow blood flow in one direction back to the heart, but when…

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