Let’s face it. No one wants to hear, “You need to wear compression socks”. We may be dealing with DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis), Leg or Ankle Swelling, are Pregnant or just traveling a long distance and need that extra support but compression socks just can’t be the answer…….. Or can they? We’re going to debunk 4 common myths of compression socks to see why they actually are an effective solution to our problems and are actually pretty cool.
- My grandmother wears compression socks. So doctors will prescribe or recommend compression socks for many reasons. First and foremost, compression socks increase the blood circulation within our legs. As we advance in age, our circulation starts to get worse. I’ll give it to you that the plain old “nude” color compression socks are not very flattering. This is certainly the first thing that used to come to my mind when I heard compression socks but there are so many more options to choose from than the two brands available at the doctor’s office. Check out (these) options. Believe it or not, there are many athletes taking advantage of the benefits of wearing compression socks, it is no longer just for our grandparents.
- They’re boring and ugly. Compression socks like these are boring and not very flattering but Compression socks like (these) are actually pretty trendy. People would be asking you where you got your socks from. You’ll want the design to be poking out from under your pants! The options are endless. There are so many colors and designs to choose from now. If the doctor tells you that you need to start wearing compression socks for better circulation in your legs and feet, think of it as an opportunity to try a new look, add new color and designs to your outfits.
- They’re uncomfortable (too tight on my legs). So this happens a lot. You put on your first pair of compression socks and they feel tight but you decide to give them a shot. After a few hours have passed you realize that the blood is starting to be cut off near your calf (top of your socks) or the pressure is just too much around your ankles and they have become too tight. There are actually different compression grades for your socks. Always look for the compression levels: 15-20 mmHg, 20-30 mmHg, 30-40 mmHg or 40-50 mmHg in the product descriptions. The bigger the numbers the tighter the socks and mmHg stands for: “millimeters of mercury” which is a measurement of pressure. If the doctor prescribed a certain compression grade, then always follow their recommendation and follow up with them with any compression discomfort but you have options to decrease the compression by moving to a smaller compression grade.
- Wearing shorts are out of the question. It does get difficult if we enjoy wearing shorts were we can have our legs exposed to the sun or cool breeze. This might be a tradeoff we need to make in order to treat some medical problems but if you enjoy wearing socks but are afraid that the boring, ugly or “nude” color of medical compression socks are unflattering and certainly is not our first choice of fashion, I would agree with you. However, as we have spoken about before, we do not need to settle for the boring! We have so many more options to choose from. If you like pink, wear pink. If your color is blue or maybe even blue argyle, then you’re covered. Don’t compromise where you don’t have to. Keep wearing your shorts and enjoy people asking you where you got your socks!
Many people are discovering the benefits of wearing compression socks from athletes for quick recovery after workouts to people who experience really cold feet because of poor circulation. Hopefully, it will no longer be gloom and doom if the doctor tells you one day that you need to wear compression socks. Take it as an opportunity to discover new trends and add them to your wardrobe.