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Compression socks

  1. 1. Buy Compression Socks How To Determine Which Size Of Compression Socks To BuyCompression socks are specially designed socks that help improve blood circulation inthe legs and feet. They are used by patients suffering from pooling of blood in the feet,swelling of legs due to diabetes or inactivity or if they are unable to walk for a significantperiod after an operation. In some cases, even healthy people use compression socks tohelp them in their work and to avoid health problems. For example, athletes may usethem to help improve blood circulation in the legs. People who have to stand for longperiods of time, such as nurses and teachers, may also use them to prevent pooling ofblood in the feet. People who travel a lot and thus have to remain seated for long periodsof time may use them to prevent swelling of legs and feet.Low pressure compression socks are available over the counter. In other words, one doesnot need a doctor’s prescription to purchase these compression socks. Typically, sockswith a rating of less than 20mmHg can be bought without a prescription.However, in order to buy the right sized compression socks, care needs to be taken in themeasurement of the feet and legs. While shoe size can be used as an indicator, it isrecommended that legs be measured individually as well. This is because a person mayhave muscular calves, and may therefore need larger compression socks than indicated byshoe size. Also, an individual’s legs differ slightly in size due to ones tendency to favorone leg while walking. Therefore it is best to measure both legs and not rely on shoe sizealone.Measurements should be taken in the morning, before the day’s activities cause the legsto swell. The person for whom the compression socks are to be bought should standupright and get someone else to measure each leg. Points to be measured are ankle, calfand length from floor to the bend behind the knee for knee-length socks. Thigh-highcompression socks require measurement of thighs and length from top of thigh to floor inaddition to ankle and calf measurements.
  2. 2. 3. Compression socks for patients with DiabetesCompression socks offer a good way to help patients suffering from diabetes to controlthe swelling of legs. People suffering from diabetes run the risk of the depositing ofcholesterol on the inner walls of veins and arteries. As cholesterol is deposited, it thickensthe walls of the veins and arteries from the inside, thus narrowing the channels throughwhich the blood can flow. In the upper part of the body, especially above the heart, thisdoesn’t create as much of a problem in blood circulation as it does lower down in thebody.In the lower legs and feet, such clogging of veins and arteries can create a real problem.Since the feet are farthest from the heart, the pumping action of the heart is weakest atthese points. The heart simply cannot efficiently pump the blood back to itself because ofthe narrow channels through which the blood is flowing. Gravity adds its own problems,working on the blood to add extra load to the heart. The result is usually swollen legs andfeet, with blood pooling in these extremities to create painful swelling. This swelling mayeven prove to be dangerous if the pooling causes thrombosis, which is the formation ofblood clots inside the vein or artery. If this clot breaks loose, it becomes an embolus thatmay well travel up to the heart and block blood flow to it, causing a heart attack.Compression socks can help prevent such blood pooling and thrombosis by increasing theefficiency of leg muscles to pump blood back to the heart. Essentially, compression socksare specially designed socks made of strong elastic materials. They are typically tightestat the ankle and loosen as they go up the length of the leg. They compress veins, arteriesand muscles, increasing the rate at which blood flows through the channels. The arterialpressure increases and calf muscles are stimulated to increase blood flow. Thus, they helppump the blood back to the heart and prevent the pooling of blood in the feet and legs.Thus, compression socks are a powerful weapon in controlling the effects of diabetes.(355 words excluding the title)
  3. 3. 4. Compression socks During MaternityMany women are unaware of the benefits of wearing compression socks duringmaternity. However the socks provide many benefits and can alleviate a lot of thesymptoms that are associated with pregnancy. Compression socks are socks made of aspecial, elastic material. They provide support and compression to blood vessels andmuscles in the thighs, calves and feet, helping them pump blood back to the heart moreeffectively.One of these symptoms is leg cramps. Many women experience these cramps in the finalmonths of pregnancy. Compression socks can help to increase pressure in the veins andthus improve blood circulation, thus reducing the cramps. They can provide relief in alarge number of cases involving leg cramps during maternity. However, if the crampspersist, it is advisable to see a doctor.For those suffering from diabetes, pregnancy puts even more stress on the lower half ofthe body. Feet and ankles may swell because the narrowed blood vessels are unable toreturn blood efficiently to the heart. Compression socks work with the blood vessels andmuscles of the legs to help pump the blood back to the heart. Many of the symptoms ofleg swelling and leg pain in pregnant women with diabetes can be alleviated with the useof compression socks.For those with thyroid problems, maternity may cause the thyroid to function poorly.This is due to the additional hormones released in the body during maternity. One of thesymptoms associated with thyroid problems is leg swelling, which is further escalated byother factors in pregnancy. Along with thyroid supplements, doctors may recommendcompression socks to help alleviate leg swelling as a result of thyroid problems duringmaternity.It is important to note that compression socks come in various sizes and care must betaken to buy the right size for each leg. An individual’s legs may be of different thicknessdue to joint problems or other factors. These factors may intensify the effects of legswelling during maternity so that there is significant difference in the thickness of theeach leg. Therefore, it is advisable to measure each leg when one wishes to buycompression socks during pregnancy.(362 words excluding the title)
  4. 4. 5. Compression socks Are Not Just For PatientsCompression socks are often thought to be just for the use of patients of varicose veins,diabetes, etc. However, a large number of perfectly healthy people can also benefit fromwearing compression socks. This article examines the benefits of compression socks forvarious people.Persons who have a desk job are often in their chairs for extended periods of time. Thismay cause a feeling of heaviness in the legs and even some swelling. This is because theleg muscles also perform the function of helping pump blood back to the heart. When aperson walk, the muscles squeeze the veins this helping the blood go back up the body.However, if a person sits for too long, the leg muscles can’t do their job and the bloodmay be sluggish in going back to the heart. This may cause heaviness and swelling oflegs. Compression socks help pump the blood back to the heart and can prevent diseasesof the circulatory system in the legs.People who travel frequently are also often required to sit in one seat for long periods oftime. Like those with sedentary jobs, they may also suffer from swelling of the legs andleg cramps. Compression socks help prevent these symptoms and may even help theonset of disease in the lower limbs.Even those with active jobs can benefit from wearing compression socks. Nurses, forexample, often have to remain standing for long periods of time. They also have to walk alot in the wards. This creates fatigue in the legs. Compression socks offer a form ofcontinuous massage that keeps the muscles limber and the blood flow going, which canreduce fatigue. Similarly, athletes to can benefit from wearing compression socks duringworkouts and competitions. Compression socks help improve the blood flow to the legsand this aids in reducing fatigue and improving overall efficiency of the lower limbs.Thus, a wide variety of healthy people can benefit greatly from wearing compressionsocks. The socks help improve blood flow to the lower limbs and may even preventdiseases such as varicose veins, thrombosis – the formation of blood clots, etc.(358 words excluding the title)