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Written by our Human Movement Specialists

Discover the versatility of compression socks, where style meets functionality. Whether you're an athlete striving for excellence, a frequent traveler enduring long flights, or someone battling leg discomfort, compression socks, including prescription medical stockings, offer a solution tailored to your needs!

How do compression socks work?

Uncover the science behind compression socks. These innovative garments apply graduated pressure on your legs, with the highest pressure at the ankle, gradually decreasing towards the calf and thigh. This unique design is not just about style- it's about your health. It promotes blood flow, aiding the upward journey of blood towards the heart, and can help prevent serious health issues.

The gentle pressure from compression socks squeezes your veins and leg tissues, enhancing blood circulation and preventing issues like blood clots, varicose veins, and other circulatory ailments. They also:

A graphic of how graduated compression socks work

  • Promote lymphatic drainage

  • Alleviate leg pain during activity

  • Reduce leg fatigue during long periods of sitting or standing

  • Prevent swollen ankles while flying

  • Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

  • Improve your overall comfort and well-being

It's crucial to understand that compression socks and stockings come in various compression levels, measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg). The right level of compression depends on your unique needs. For accurate guidance, seek a professional diagnosis from your healthcare provider to determine your ideal medical compression level. Our certified fitters are here to empower you in finding the perfect fit, ensuring your socks snugly embrace your legs without excess tightness, guaranteeing even and effective compression.

Understanding the Levels of Compression Socks

Compression socks come in various styles and compression levels to cater to diverse needs. Here's a breakdown of the most prevalent types:

  1. Mild Compression (15-20 mmHg): Ideal for relieving tired, achy legs, preventing swelling during travel or pregnancy, and supporting everyday wear. Additionally, they serve as recovery socks, flushing out lactic acid buildup post-exercise to prevent muscle soreness.

  2. Moderate Compression (20-30 mmHg): These socks are prescribed medical compression socks which provide higher compression levels for individuals with conditions like varicose veins or deep vein thrombosis. They can also serve as performance sleeves, reducing muscle strains and enhancing oxygen delivery for improved endurance.

  3. Firm Compression (30-40 mmHg and higher): Prescribed for severe circulatory issues like chronic venous insufficiency or lymphedema, these medical-grade socks deliver maximum support and aid in post-surgical recovery or specific medical treatments.

Visiting your healthcare professional to determine your compression level then seeing a certified fitter, like our Movement Specialists, is essential to ensure effectiveness and suitability for your needs.

Close up of legs and feet wearing open toe medical compression socks

Can You Benefit From Compression Socks?

Do you sit or stand for long periods of time?

Are you pregnant?

Do you get tired or achy legs?

Will you be travelling soon?

Do you have any discoloration in your feet or ankles?

Want to prevent leg swelling?

Looking to reduce muscle soreness during and after activity?

If any of these scenarios resonate with you, it might be time to consider getting a pair of compression socks. They could be the solution you've been looking for!

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