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Your Questions about Compression Socks Answered

Compression socks are useful in combatting and treating all kinds of issues regarding your feet and legs. We went over the fundamentals of compression socks in our Ultimate Guide to Compression Socks. However, there are a lot of questions regarding compression socks that go beyond the “what are they” and “what do they do”. We hear a lot of these questions daily here at Bayshore Medical Supply. With that in mind, we will answer your questions about compression socks.

Can you buy compression socks over the counter?

Though they can be prescribed by your doctor, you don’t need to have a prescription to by compression socks. You and find the right type of compression sock for you at a medical supply store like here at Bayshore Medical Supply.

How long can I wear compression socks?

You can wear your compression socks all day and take them off before going to bed.

How do I know if I need compression socks?

Your doctor may recommend them for a variety of reasons, including boosting your circulation, decreasing swelling in the legs and ankles, preventing blood from pooling in the leg veins, relieving pain in your lower legs and more. Though, to be clear, you do not need a prescription to get compression socks. That means if you have pain and swelling in your feet and legs, you can go ahead and try compression socks for relief.

What do compression socks feel like?

Compression socks feel tight (but not painfully tight) around the foot and lighten up the pressure as you go past the ankle.

What level of compression do I need?

There is a great recommendation of what level you should use from the Glen Moore Vein Clinic:

  • 15-20 mmHg: Great for daily wear, travel, and sports. They help improve circulation without being too tight.
  • 20-30 mmHg: Great for sports recovery, daily wear, medical recovery, and to manage mild symptoms of varicose and spider veins. Ideal for patients looking for more support.
  • 30-40 mmHg: This level of compression stockings is recommended for serious conditions such as blood clots (DVT), severe swelling (edema), and severe varicose veins.

If you need more explanation about the levels of compression these socks can have, visit our Ultimate Guide to Compression Socks.

Is it ok to wear compression socks on swollen feet?

Compression stockings are made to help control swelling in the feet, ankles, and lower legs. The benefits of compression stockings include helping to squeeze these areas to prevent the buildup of fluid in the tissue.

How long until I see results from wearing compression socks?

This really depends on what you are wearing them for. If you are using them to relieve pain, most of the time the relief is almost immediate. For reduction in swelling, it may take several days or regular use to see a noticeable reduction in your swelling. If you are looking to improve the look of the veins in your legs, it can take up to 6 weeks of regular use to notice improvement.

Can compression socks be harmful?

Generally, compression socks are safe to use when used correctly. Even though they are meant to help with circulation, they can actually cut off circulation if worn incorrectly or getting the incorrect compression level for your needs. They can also chafe and bruise your legs as well. That is why if you are not sure of how to use your compression socks, ask someone at your medical supply store. Here at Bayshore, we work with you to find the perfect fit and show you the best way to put them on and wear them, so you get the most from your compression socks. We even make a record of your purchase so that when you come back, we can get you the same perfect pair that you bought last time.

Can compression socks cause blood clots?

GoodRX puts this best: “In rare cases, compression socks that are too tight may cause superficial venous thrombosis. These superficial blood clots occur in veins close to the skin’s surface and are less likely to cause complications. Compression socks have not been shown to cause deep vein thrombosis, which are more serious blood clots.”

Should I wear compression socks if I sit all day?

Yes, compression socks are perfect for office workers who have a sit-down job. They help prevent swelling of your feet and lower legs. They are also perfect if you stand several hours of your day as well.

Is it normal for socks to leave indentations?

Sock marks on your legs can be common. Most socks contain elastic to keep them from slipping down. Pressure from the elastic can leave a mark, especially if the soft tissue in your legs is swollen with fluid. However, the better quality and more comfortable fitting socks from companies like Jobst and Sigvaris are less likely to do so if worn properly.

We hope this has answered some of your more common questions about compression socks. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us or ask one of our friendly staff If you are in the Pasadena TX area. When you come in here at Bayshore Medical Supply, after discussing your needs, we measure your legs to get a proper fit & then present you with a choice of solutions. We take the time to make sure they fit properly and explain how to wear your compression socks correctly. So, feel free to stop by our store at 4205 Spencer Hwy, Pasadena, TX 77504.

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