How compression socks can help restless legs

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The 23rd of September is national Restless Legs Awareness Day which aims to promote awareness of the symptoms of Restless Legs, alongside the distress that is caused by the condition. Restless Leg Awareness Day is held on the same day every year to coincide with the birthday of neurologist Professor Karl-Axel Ekborn, who first wrote about the disease in 1945. Read on to find out more about Restless Leg Syndrome and about our range of socks for restless leg syndrome.

How compression socks can help restless legs

What is Restless Leg Syndrome?

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a fairly common condition that is medically known as Willis-Ekbom disease. This condition of the nervous system causes the sufferer to have an overwhelming and irresistible urge to move their legs uncontrollably. This can cause an unpleasant crawling or creeping sensation that predominantly affects the feet, calves and thighs, with most sufferers reporting that this feeling is considerably worse at night.

What causes Restless Leg Syndrome?

Unfortunately, the cause of Restless Leg Syndrome is fairly unknown. Whilst it can run in families, most neurologists believe that the root cause of RLS is often how the body handles dopamine, which is involved in controlling muscle movement. This is why many RLS sufferers are often affected by uncontrolled movements. However, some also believe that RLS is caused by underlying health conditions, such as iron deficiency.

How do you treat Restless Leg Syndrome?

Mild cases of RLS, those that are not linked to any underlying health conditions, can be treated by adopting a number of lifestyle changes. 

These include: 

  • Getting a good amount of sleep and adopting a good sleep routine that follows a regular bedtime routine, sleeping a regular number of hours and avoiding caffeine or alcohol late at night. 

  • Quitting smoking. 

  • Exercising regularly during the day. 

  • Investing in socks for Restless Leg Syndrome.

What are the best socks for Restless Leg Syndrome?

Compression socks can often help with the symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome. This is because they apply pressure to the legs, which acts as a counter-stimuli to the uncomfortable feeling in the legs, feet and calves that causes an RLS sufferer’s  legs to move uncontrollably. 

Many people who opt to wear compression socks for Restless Leg Syndrome note that the compression sensation is often much more apparent than the throbbing or itching sensation caused by RLS, which often helps to diminish the urge to move the legs.

Lots of RLS sufferers also recommend that compression socks can be a lifesaver at night. They can relieve the impact of aching legs at bedtime, giving way to  some much-needed rest.

How to choose the right compression socks for Restless Leg Syndrome

Whether you have had compression socks recommended to you as a way to treat Restless Leg Syndrome or you want to try some for yourself after hearing of their virtues, there are a wide range of options available to you. With a range of compression levels available, most people with Restless Leg Syndrome start on the lower end of the scale, with a moderate level of compression. These provide all  the compression benefits needed by RLS sufferers, whilst not being too restrictive. 

Some sufferers of RLS also like to opt for knee-high compression socks for Restless Leg Syndrome. This is because they  provide the correct amount of compression across the whole lower leg. They  also reduce any swelling in the legs and improve the overall circulation of blood throughout the lower body.

What are the benefits of compression socks for Restless Leg Syndrome?

The number one benefit of compression socks for Restless Leg Syndrome for many is that, unlike traditional medications, they begin to work right away and don’t need a prescription. This makes them a very cost-effective treatment choice that can be worn  time and time again. 

Compression socks also work to reduce the impact of varicose veins, which are thought to be a cause of RLS, as well as improving circulation throughout the legs. With so many benefits, it is clear to see why so many people choose compression socks as a treatment for Restless Leg Syndrome.

Buy compression socks for Restless Leg Syndrome

Find the correct compression socks for Restless Leg Syndrome for you with our extensive compression sock range. Here at SOCKSHOP we have compression socks for men and women, designed to suit a range of activities and sports, including knee-highs, ankle socks and sports and trainer socks. 

Our range features something for everyone to help to curb the effects of Restless Leg Syndrome. Choose from  a range of colours and styles that keep you looking stylish, whilst treating the effects of this condition.



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