Are you a nurse? Do you know someone who’s a nurse? Nurses have one of the hardest, most exhausting, yet rewarding jobs in the world. Not only are nurses taking care of their patients during their 12-hour shifts, they’re also on their feet all day. Compression socks, along with a good pair of shoes, can change how a nurse feels throughout his or her day. If you are a nurse or love a nurse, read on!
Our feet receive the most pressure while we’re on the go, so it’s important to take care of them. Likewise, legs support your feet and back, so it’s important to make sure they’re strong and healthy too. According to the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, “93% of nurses commonly experience problems with their feet, knees or back due to long shifts.” Many of which also ignore these pains, which could affect them permanently in the long run.
After working a 12-hour shift on your feet, blood tends to pool in your legs, which often leads to pain and swelling. This could make it more difficult for nurses to move and do their job. While compression has certain medical benefits like helping to prevent varicose veins or dealing with Lymphedema etc. compression stockings can make an incredible difference to those who don’t have these symptoms or venous diseases. Graduated compression increases blood circulation, which allows oxygen to be pumped to your legs and feet more efficiently. This makes your legs feel better and eliminates pain and swelling.
Graduated compression means the strongest support of the garment is at the ankle and is gradually decreased towards the top (closest to the knee). This promotes blood flow up towards the heart, so fresh blood and oxygen can then travel back to the legs.
Benefits of Wearing Compression for Nurses
- They help reduce swelling in the feet and legs.
- They improve blood flow and oxygenation.
- They help improve recovery time of achy/sore muscles after a long day on your feet.
- 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 after a shift in your shoes.
- They are breathable, so they won’t make your legs feel hot or itchy.
Pro Tip: Nurses who are on their feet all day should be seeking 15-20 mmHg of compression. Anything above should be recommended by a medical professional.
Compression Socks We Recommend
You gotta keep 'em circulated. The Circulator Graduated Compression Socks come in a wide range of beautiful color and subtle stripes. Black, Navy Stripe, 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 compression, great arch support, a seamless toe closure, and a turn welt top.
On the Spot Graduated Compression Socks are here to make your day! Great arch support and seamless toe closure can only add to the awesome you'll feel in these socks. Also featuring 15-20 mmHg of compression and a turn welt top.
The all-arounder for work and play.