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Written by our Human Movement Specialists

Often associated with medical use, compression socks have transcended their clinical origins to now be considered a staple accessory for athletes, travelers, and anyone else seeking to optimize their well-being. So, whether you're battling varicose veins, striving for improved athletic performance, or simply seeking all-day comfort, learn about the benefits of compression socks and discover why they're a must-have everyBODY.

Here are five benefits of compression socks:

1. Improved Circulation and Comfort

Whether you spend long hours on your feet or sit for extended periods, compression socks can help improve circulation and prevent tired, achy legs by the end of the day. The gentle pressure exerted by compression garments helps prevent blood from pooling in the lower extremities, reducing the risk of conditions like deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and alleviating discomfort associated with prolonged sitting or standing.

Compression socks are particularly beneficial for individuals who have occupations that require prolonged sitting or standing, such as office workers, nurses, and frequent travelers. Compression socks can help you stay comfortable and energized throughout the day by promoting circulation and reducing swelling.

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2. Alleviation of Varicose Veins and Edema

Compression socks are often used to alleviate symptoms associated with varicose veins and edema. Varicose veins, characterized by swollen and twisted veins visible on the surface of the legs, usually result from poor circulation or weakened vein walls. Similarly, edema, or swelling caused by excess fluid trapped in your body's tissues, can be effectively managed using compression garments.

Compression socks facilitate blood flow by applying gentle pressure to the legs, preventing blood from pooling in the veins and reducing swelling. This relieves discomfort, helps prevent the progression of varicose veins, and minimizes the risk of edema-related complications.

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3. Enhanced Athletic Performance and Recovery

Athletes and weekend warriors swear by compression socks' benefits for improved performance and faster recovery. During exercise, wearing compression socks can reduce muscle fatigue and soreness by enhancing blood circulation and oxygen delivery to the muscles. This, in turn, allows athletes to push harder and longer during workouts.

Furthermore, wearing compression socks post-workout can expedite muscle recovery by removing metabolic waste products such as lactic acid, thus reducing soreness and stiffness. Compression socks can be a game-changer in your training regimen, whether you're a runner, cyclist, or gym enthusiast.

4. Prevention and Management of Lymphedema

Compression socks offer much-needed relief and support for individuals dealing with lymphedema, a condition characterized by swelling due to lymphatic system dysfunction. By exerting pressure on the affected limbs, compression garments help stimulate lymphatic flow, reducing swelling and discomfort associated with lymphedema.

Medical-grade compression socks designed specifically for lymphedema management provide targeted compression to the affected areas, allowing individuals to better manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life. Additionally, wearing compression socks can help prevent the progression of lymphedema and reduce the risk of complications.

5. Versatility and Style

Gone are the days when compression socks were limited to thick, beige medical-grade designs. Today, compression socks come in various styles, colors, and patterns, allowing you to express your personal style while reaping the benefits of compression therapy. Whether you prefer sleek and professional designs for the workplace or vibrant and colorful options for your workouts, there's a compression sock to suit every style and occasion.

Levels of Compression

Whether you need medical-grade compression stockings for specific health conditions or compression socks for your athletic pursuits, there's a wide range of options to choose from.

We carry Sigvaris compression socks in off-the-shelf and medical-grade levels:


  • Off-the-shelf, 15-20 mmHg is recommended to improve circulation, reduce swelling, and prevent conditions such as spider veins. No appointment is required!

  • Medical* Grades are at least 20-30 mmHg and need to be prescribed for more severe conditions, such as varicose veins, lymphedema, or post-surgery.

  *Prescription required before booking an appointment.


Compression socks are versatile and effective for promoting overall health and well-being. So why wait? Experience the transformative power of compression socks and take a step towards a healthier, happier you!

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