What are compression socks?

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If you’ve ever experienced leg swelling after a long-haul flight or leg cramps in the middle of a marathon, we feel your pain. Next time, why not try squeezing into a pair of specialised compression socks? You could save yourself a whole lot of aches and pains caused by running and other endurance sports, as well as prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and a range of other conditions. 

In fact, there are plenty of benefits to wearing compression socks, which we’ll explain here as we answer some of your most frequently asked questions about compression socks.

If you’ve ever noticed runners wearing long, tight socks or frequent fliers swapping their regular socks for calf-hugging flight socks you’re probably already familiar with compression socks. But what exactly are they and how do they work? Let’s find out!

Compression socks  

What are compression socks?

Compression socks are a specialised type of sock that encourage blood flow from your legs to your heart. They come in a variety of sizes, lengths, designs and compression strengths. You might buy a pair of compression socks for long-distance travel, sports (especially running) or if you spend a lot of time standing or sitting.

What do compression socks do?

Compression socks apply targeted pressure to your ankles and calves. This helps tired muscles to relax, thanks to a free-flowing supply of oxygen-rich blood. Compression socks also keep blood circulating efficiently. This reduces the chance of blood pooling and clotting, warding off the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

How do compression socks work?

Compression socks exert gentle pressure on the muscles and tissues of the lower limbs. This forces blood from the legs to return to the heart effectively. Graduated compression socks apply more pressure at the ankle and gradually less towards the top. Compression socks for travel and sport provide uniform pressure all over.

What are the benefits of compression socks?

As well as supporting circulation and blood flow in your legs and feet to help prevent DVT, compression socks can also be used to energise tired or heavy legs that result from sitting or standing for long periods of time. Sports science compression socks can also help stabilise, improve muscle efficiency and remove lactic acid.

Compression socks can also help with the following:

  • Support veins

  • Reduce leg swelling

  • Improve lymphatic drainage

  • Help prevent venous leg ulcers

  • Reduce light-headedness when you stand

  • Help reduce pain caused by varicose veins

Where can I buy compression socks?

SOCKSHOP has an extensive selection of compression socks to choose from. Keep your circulation in tip-top condition and muscle aches at bay with a pair of high-quality compression socks from our online store. You’ll find a huge array of styles, colours, sizes and opacities available across all our men’s compression socks and ladies’ compression socks.

Browse the full collection of circulation-boosting and energising compression socks on our online store at www.sockshop.co.uk. For further details about any of our other products or for help with orders, please contact us on 08000 195 667.


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