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Tips To Choose The Right Compression Socks

You have most likely seen athletes wearing them in various events but do compression socks work? What makes them such an essential item? Well, to comprehend the mechanism of compression stockings, why you would need them, and their importance in physiotherapy, you first have to learn how your body operates. Standard physiological processes pump blood throughout our bodies, and when we are actively engaged in an exercise, more of this is required. The main purpose of compression socks is to ensure that your feet are more compressed and your upper legs have a lesser pressure. This improves your body’s blood flow meaning more deoxygenated blood is going to flow off your legs into the circulatory system. Since there is a wide range of compression socks available to treat various conditions, how would you choose the right one for you?

You can start with selecting your compression:

The first step would be to determine your compression stockings prerequisites. The best way to learn of this is to determine the primary objective of wearing your socks. You should always consult with your physiotherapists before selecting the best compression socks for you. The guidelines are as follows:

  • Light compression (15 to 20 mm-Hg): This is just for conventional physiotherapy. If you are traveling, standing for long hours or are suffering from underlying swelling of the leg, it is the right one for you.
  • Moderate Compression (20 to 30 mm-Hg: If you are suffering from varicose veins, this is the most appropriate level of compression stockings that you ought to purchase.
  • Firms Compression (30 to 40 mm-Hg): Highly recommended for blood clots, varicose veins or extreme swelling.
  • Extra Firm Compression (40 to 500 mm-Hg): Assists in combating severe cases of the above and mild thrombotic syndrome.
  • Heavy compression (50 to 60 mm-Hg): This level is mostly for people who are undergoing severe post-thrombotic syndrome and lymphedema.

Since compression stockings effectiveness depends on the pressure exerted, the measurement standard is in millimeters of mercury (mmHg).

Determine Your Size

Size measurements vary greatly, and you will find a measuring chart at your retail store giving you guidelines on how to choose the most appropriate. A knee-high sock will go further for those interested in covering up to below the knees. Although they will be large enough to go past your knees, it isn’t advisable to pull them up. It is dangerous and extremely uncomfortable. Thigh high socks cover your entire legs. Their main purpose is to improve blood circulation for your whole leg. You can also discover waist high compression socks that have both legs linked by a torso portion. Your body’s limitations and capabilities are going to determine the appropriate one to wear. If you have an injury on your knee, then it would be better to settle on an ankle compression stocking.

What Style Do I wear?

Compression stockings are built out of different fabric and colours. Men might prefer dark ones while a lady’s preference might be the ones made from sheer fabric. For sports personalities, they require ones that are created from durable materials so that they can breathe.
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