Graduated compression socks, believe it or not, can help anyone, not just those with circulatory health issues. In fact, they can improve how someone feels throughout his or her day and there are many benefits to wearing them. Best worn if you are traveling, or sitting or standing for long periods of time at work, graduated compression socks will give you that extra comfort you didn’t know you were looking for. 

 

What is Graduated Compression and Who is it For?

No matter how old you are, compression stockings can help increase blood circulation throughout your body, which in turn helps boost your energy levels and reduces any swelling, tiredness, or soreness in your feet and legs.

Graduated compression means the strongest support of the garment is at the ankle, and gradually decreases towards the top (closest to the knee). The high-tech fibers and materials for compression socks provide support and comfort for your feet, ankles, calves, and legs, while the graduated pressure helps improve circulation in your legs and muscles.

Graduated Compression for the Workplace

There are many different professions and lifestyles that can benefit from wearing graduated compression. Especially those that require long periods of sitting, standing, or traveling (a long flight or car ride) such as software or web developers, nurses or doctors, flight attendants, truck drivers, sales reps, and teachers.     

While standing for long periods of time can cause blood to pool in your feet, sitting can cause unhealthy constrictions of the blood vessels in your legs. Compression socks, if worn regularly can help ward off or prevent circulation issues from becoming a problem for you in the future.

While 15-20 mmHg of compression does not require a recommendation from a medical professional, you should still visit your doctor as a preemptive measure. In this situation, if you aren’t experiencing any symptoms of venous diseases and are just seeking compression for all-day comfort, you should be wearing 15-20 mmHg or 20-30 mmHg of compression. 15-20 mmHg is generally used to relieve achy legs, while 20-30 mmHg is used for symptoms like leg fatigue or heaviness.     

Benefits of Wearing Graduated Compression

  • They help reduce swelling in the feet and legs.
  • They improve overall blood flow and oxygenation.  
  • They help improve recovery time of achy/sore muscles.
  • They don’t roll down your legs, meaning they stay put and won’t slip or slide down.
  • They are antimicrobial, so your feet won’t stink.
  • They are breathable, so they won’t make your legs feel hot or itchy.   
  • They help reduce the risk of developing DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis, or blood clots).       

*The benefits of wearing compression garments are dependent on wearing the garment properly.   

Make sure you are not only purchasing the correct size garment but also putting the garment on correctly. To put on a compression garment, first start with the garment inside-out. Then, put your foot into the toe of the sock first, and using your fingertips, gently slide the rest of the stocking up your leg, carefully smoothing out any bumps or creases. Also, be careful to not yank the stocking from the top, as this could cause the stocking to rip or become damaged (although many fabrics used for compression are very durable).    

Graduated Compression Socks We Recommend

Try CEP’s Progressive+ Compression Socks for Men and Women. The all-arounder for work and play. Featuring proven medi compression, ankle and arch stabilization, perfect heat and moisture management and anatomically padded foot sections for comfort.   

Try Smartwool’s PhD Graduated Compression Ultralight Socks. Smartwool packed these socks full of smart features like Indestructawool™ technology for ultimate durability, a 4 Degree® Elite fit system, mesh ventilation zones, and a signature Virtually Seamless™ toe, along with 20-30 mmHg graduated compression to help with leg discomfort.  

Try Smartwool’s Women’s Standup Graduated Compression Sock. The StandUP is perfect for travelers or anyone that spends long days on their feet. The mild graduated compression (10-20 mmHg) soothes and minimizes ankle, leg and foot swelling, and reduces fatigue.

Try the Sockwell Women's Circulator Moderate Graduated Compression Socks. You gotta keep 'em circulated. The Circulator Graduated Compression Socks come in a wide range of beautiful color and subtle stripes. Black, Navy Solid, Khaki, Azalea, Celadon, Teal, Natural, Charcoal, Navy, Grey, and Black Stripe all provide the same moderate compression and support from your day's start to your day's finish. Featuring 15-20 mmHg of moderate compression, arch support, and a seamless toe closure.

Try the Sockwell Men's Circulator Moderate Graduated Compression Socks. Circulate, don't hate. The Circulator Moderate Compression Socks are minimalist in style and provided the maximum level of comfort. Port, Denim, Khaki, Navy, Espresso, Charcoal Stripe, Black Stripe, Navy Solid, and Black colors are accented with subtle stripes. To keep you up and going all day long spandex is woven throughout the thermoregulating and moisture managing Cashmerino wool of the sock. Featuring 15-20 mmHg of moderate compression, arch support, and a seamless toe closure.

We offer a multitude of different brands so you can choose the compression socks that are just right for you.  

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