Specially designed socks can help those who have poor blood circulation in their feet and lower legs. There are a number of conditions that can lead to poor circulation including diabetes, pregnancy, and those that suffer from chronic pain disease.
In addition, the natural aging process leads to a loss of circulation as we get older. When blood circulation decreases in the feet and ankles, blood can pool in those areas causing an increased risk of blood clotting and other maladies. Wearing compression socks helps to increase blood flow and thus reduce pain as well as prevent the development of varicose veins.
The socks are designed to be worn all day, from morning till night when you go to sleep. They should be fitted by your doctor to ensure that they fit properly and that you will have the optimum compression level. They come in various compression strengths, measured in pressure in millimeters of mercury, with the highest numbers indicating a stronger compression level.
Most of the socks extend from your feet to your knees, and some go all the way to the mid thigh. They also come in a hosiery or stocking version for those occasions that you wish to look more fashionable. They are available in a variety of colors and styles to suit your taste, from casual to business attire.
These socks are great for diabetics, but if you have suffered any nerve damage or peripheral neuropathy, they are not recommended as this condition can lead to a loss of feeling and tactile sensation in the skin.
The stockings are designed to fit snugly and have just the right amount of pressure without cutting off circulation, which can be very dangerous for those with peripheral neuropathy because they may not feel that there circulation has been reduced to dangerous levels.
The compression levels are graduated and vary at different points along your leg, with the strongest compression being located at the lowest point on your foot. The compression ratio on the foot and ankle is 100%, and is reduced to 50 to 70% at knee level, and at mid thigh it is only 20 to 30%.
This helps to force blood up from the lower leg back up into the trunk of the body. People with poor blood circulation benefit from this because it helps to force freshly oxygenated blood from the heart down to the feet were it is needed.
If you suffer from poor circulation, we certainly recommend that you see your doctor to see if wearing one of these socks will benefit you.