Compression Socks and Stockings . . . The New Technology?
Those heavy duty flesh colored elastic meshed stockings with the big seam you may remember your grandmother wearing have evolved into a whole new technology. Today’s compression socks and stockings are eliminating those old connotations that imply wearing compression is only for the infirm or elderly. Oh how times have changed! Global Medical Equipment and Supplies, Inc. is a retail store selling durable medical equipment and our foray into compression began a number of years ago. We have attended classes and been trained on measuring and custom fitting of stockings and sleeves for lymphedema treatments. And now there is what seems like an endless variety of colors, fabric styles and varying compression strengths. And when we were trained by a twenty something young lady who wears these socks every day because of the benefits, I had to learn more! This is a daily runner and not long ago played field hockey for a major eastern university on scholarship! What? Mid twenties, an athlete and she extols the virtues of compression socks through her own education and self experience?
I gave in and agreed to wear a pair. In my defense everyone in our store did too. Donning these socks was easy once we had some training. We always do research to learn all about what we carry in our store. I learned that there are numerous reasons why anyone of any age can benefit from the use of compression socks or stockings. I found that . . . .
- Long distance runners and tri-athletes are wearing compression socks to extend endurance and to aid in faster recovery times. The idea is that compression is effective in helping the heart move oxygen depleted blood out of the lower legs via the venous system while replacing it with the return of fresh oxygenated blood via the arteries.
- The above fact also plays its role in why lower leg compression provides good value to those whose work requires being on their feet for extended periods of time. Compression can help alleviate aching and swelling (edema) in the legs and feet while generally leaving users less weary and feeling more refreshed at the end of a long day.
- Doctors have long recommended wearing compression socks on long trips (usually when traveling by automobile or aircraft) where there will be extended periods of inactivity while sitting. Compression socks and stockings are used to help prevent a condition from developing known as DVT or Deep Vein Thrombosis. This condition occurs when a blood clot forms in veins deep inside the lower legs or ankles. It can be a potentially serious development should a blood clot be carried to other parts of the body. The above are just a few examples of how compression socks and stockings can be of great value and are used in everyday life regardless of age! There is good therapeutic value to be had for us all! Of course there is a raft of information on medical conditions requiring compression which I am not covering here due to constraints on time and space. Besides, I have some birthday shopping to do. I’m going to put on my white cotton compression sports socks and head out for the mall.
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