Compression Socks – Get ahead of the game with prevention!

Compression socks provide effective relief for tired legs and venous diseases. Preventative compression is particularly important for those with healthy veins and lymphatic vessels in reducing the risk of developing edema and similar conditions.  Sometimes there is confusion between support hose and compression therapy.  The difference between is that support hose have the same elasticity along the entire length of the stockings.  Medical stockings have the greatest compression at the ankle and gradually decrease up the leg.  By constricting the diameter of the veins, the stockings increase the blood flow.  The compression also keeps fluids in circulation instead of collecting and causing swelling in the ankle/foot.

Sports and performance compression socks and sleeves help athletes maximize their performance and incorporate wicking materials to keep them cool. They provide valuable support for every discipline in both amateur and competitive sports. Lactic acid is your body’s way of telling you you’re doing too much, and listening to it and tailoring your workout is the best thing to do.  Wearing medical great sports compression both during and after exercise is one of the best ways to stabilize the muscles and recover from fatigue and pain.

Here are some tips on how you can help keep your legs healthy.

  • Avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time. Your circulation improves with physical activity, so GET UP! Take a short walk, climb stairs, or make an effort to move around the office and at home.
  • Avoid prolonged sitting or standing as this may increase leg pain and swelling.
  • Elevate your legs. To boost your body’s natural circulation, elevate your legs while you are sitting on the sofa or lying in bed at home.
  • At the office, keep a foot rest under your desk.
  • Regular exercise, staying active, controlling your weight helps keep your body healthy.
  • When you manage your weight through a healthy diet and regular exercise, you are more likely to have less leg symptoms and/or less swelling.

It is important that you be assessed by a professional who takes all aspects of your health, life style and body type into consideration.  Most insurance companies cover compression if prescribed by a medical professional.

Soles in Motion invites you to drop in and talk to our professionals about the many styles, materials, colors of compression – we are here to help and keep you moving no matter what your abilities!

Submitted by Jen Estabrooks, Owner, Certified Fitter, Soles in Motion, 133 Baker Drive, Dartmouth